video on the BBC online magazine celebrates Battersea: the site of the world's most famous power station. That follows the two most recent publications in the Survey of London series, which has published at least one volume each decade for over a century, quite a record.
According to the Bartlett School of Architecture, the new home of the Survey, the two volumes are fully illustrated books, with around two hundred new drawings, a similar number of new photographs, and altogether more than 900 illustrations.
Volume 49, which contains a general historical introduction to Battersea, is arranged thematically to cover all building types (except housing), including public buildings, hospitals, churches, schools, buildings for entertainment, shopping, railways and industry - with a whole chapter on the power station - parks and open spaces, New Covent Garden Market, the heliport as well as a chapter on the current large-scale regeneration of Nine Elms.
Volume 50 follows more traditional Survey lines and is divided topographically into nineteen chapters, with a general introduction to housing history in Battersea.
Digitized versions of previous Survey of London publications are at http://www.british-history.ac.uk/place.aspx?gid=74®ion=1