London in Fragments: A Mudlark's Treasures
'A beautiful book' - Daily Mail * 'Exhilaratingly curious' - Evening Standard * 'Gripping' - Spectator * 'Brilliant' - Penelope Lively * 'Indefatigably researched' - Country Life * 'Beautifully illustrated' - Monocle
Mudlarking, the act of searching the Thames foreshore for items of value, has a long tradition in England's capital. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, mudlarks were small boys grubbing a living from scrap. Today's mudlarks unearth relics of the past from the banks of the Thames which tell stories of Londoners throughout history.Â
From Roman tiles to elegant Georgian pottery, presented here are modern-day mudlark Ted Sandling's most evocative finds, gorgeously photographed. Together they create a mosaic of everyday London life through the centuries, touching on the journeys, pleasures, vices, industries, adornments and comforts of a world city. This unique and stunning book celebrates the beauty of small things, and makes sense of the intangible connection that found objects give us to the individuals who lost them.