A Shell Eye on England
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From the 1930s to the 1980s, the Shell Guides offered motorists an accessible, well-informed gazetteer to England's countryside, churches, manor houses and market towns. Founded by John Betjeman and John Piper, they were distinguished by their iconic artwork, typography and design. Arranged, like the guides themselves, on a regional basis, this evocative, richly illustrated book not only chronicles the development of the series, but demonstrates how it reflected our changing attitudes to landscape and heritage over half a century.