England and Wales
‘One thing beats going to the coast and looking at the sea: being on the sea and looking at the land’: Stuart Fisher researched this book by paddling around Britain by kayak, crossing busy harbours and industrial estuaries as well as rocky inlets and sandy beaches. With photographs, reproductions and maps, the book celebrates the history, culture and wildlife along the shoreline, starting at the Scottish border near Berwick and travelling clockwise to finish at the Solway Firth.
Cracked Eggs and Chicken Soup
Memories of an East End Childhood Between the Wars
Norman Jacobs’s portrait of East End life in the 1920s and 1930s is based on conversations with his father. Isaac's great affection for the area and its diverse population becomes clear as he recalls their hardships – the overcrowding, the unemployment and the hunger – and their simple pleasures – the music hall, the two-valve radio and the first Wembley Cup Final.
A Grim Almanac of Herefordshire
This catalogue of ghastly episodes in Herefordshire’s past features tales of murderers, bodysnatchers, duellists, poachers, and others including the farmer bitten to death by his horse in 1887, and a young man from Colwall who allegedly sat on a spike. Throughout this array of catastrophes and tragedies, Nicola Sly gives an insight into the broader social history of the county.
The Toll-houses of Cornwall
Cornwall's toll-houses were small buildings, housing the pike-men who collected the tolls that paid for road maintenance. This guide is illustrated with black and white photographs of surviving buildings, maps and illustrations. Starting with a brief history of the turnpike system, it includes a gazetteer of the county’s toll-houses from west to east, and discusses their construction and distinctive features.
Lancashire's Seaside Piers
Also Featuring the Piers of the River Mersey, Cumbria and the Isle of Man
The seaside towns overlooking the Irish Sea have long provided fresh air and holiday destinations for the residents of the northwest’s industrial towns. This illustrated guide covers the piers of the Lancashire coast, including Southport, Morecombe, and the three in Blackpool, examples from the River Mersey, the Isle of Man and Cumbria, and some that were demolished, abandoned or never built.
From Exeter's oldest hostelries, such as the White Hart and the Turk's Head which began trading over 700 years ago, to relatively new examples in buildings that would have been demolished, local historian David Cornforth explores the fascinating histories of over 50 public houses, within the city and in the historic nearby town of Topsham.
A Roman Frontier Fort in Scotland
Discovered in 1979, the Roman fort at Elginhaugh near Dalkeith is now the most completely excavated timber-built auxiliary fort in the Roman Empire. Here, Professor Hanson describes the discovery, excavation and interpretation of the site and sets the findings in the wider context of the fort’s builders and the lives of its inhabitants.
A Roman Frontier Fort in Scotland
Discovered in 1979, the Roman fort at Elginhaugh near Dalkeith is now the most completely excavated timber-built auxiliary fort in the Roman Empire. Here, Professor Hanson describes the discovery, excavation and interpretation of the site and sets the findings in the wider context of the fort’s builders and the lives of its inhabitants. Slightly off-mint
Dr Radcliffe's Library
The Story of the Radcliffe Camera in Oxford
Educated at Oxford, John Radcliffe (1650–1714) earned vast sums of money as a successful physician to royalty and the aristocracy. At his death, he bequeathed sufficient funds to his alma mater for the building of a new library on a site between St Mary’s and the Bodleian. Beginning with a profile of Radcliffe, this illustrated study traces the history of an architectural masterpiece and its use, from Nicholas Hawksmoor’s initial schemes to its continuing role within Oxford’s library service.
The Dark Side of East London
The alleyways and estates of Tower Hamlets were rife with poverty and crime in the 18th and 19th centuries. Local historian David Charnick tells dark tales of murders, poisonings and abductions that occurred there, using them to reveal aspects of everyday life before and during the encroachment of London’s East End. A specially commissioned section of black and white photographs shows the locations of many of the events.
The Francis Jones Treasury of Historic Carmarthenshire
Wales Herald at Arms 1963–1993
Francis Jones (1908–93) collected stories and local history throughout his life and published numerous articles, essays and books about Wales, focusing in particular on Carmarthenshire, where he was County Archivist. This collection of his writings includes stories about prominent figures and notable events in the county’s history, accounts of everyday life and civil organization, and reviews of the great houses and historic families. Off-mint.
A History in Photographs
Stonehenge is among the world's most famous prehistoric monuments and, since the mid-19th century, probably the most photographed. Using images from English Heritage's photographic archive, this book covers the last 150 years in the history of the site. From the first known photograph (taken by William Russell Sedgewick in 1853) to recent pictures of the stones at the Solstice, the book shows Stonehenge visited by archaeologists, tourists and Druids and surviving wartime troop movements, restoration projects and vandalism.
Yorkshire Women at War
Story of Women's Land Army Hostels
The thousands of women who volunteered to take on agricultural work in Yorkshire during the Second World War were housed in a network of hostels, where they slept in shared dormitories and were often provided with only basic facilities. With first-hand accounts and contemporary photographs, this local history describes life under the sometimes-domineering wardens and out on the farms during the war and throughout the 1940s.
A History of the 12th (Pioneers) King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1914–1918
The British Army’s Pioneer battalions were formed in 1914 in order to provide logistical support including the construction and repair of roads and the laying of barbed wire to protect the front line. This history of one battalion, originally published in the 1920s, gives an eyewitness account of movements around the war zone and shows how Yorkshire miners and engineers applied civilian skills in the new arena of industrialized warfare.
Lost to the Sea
Britain's Vanished Coastal Communities: The Yorkshire Coast and Holderness
In the centuries since the Roman occupation, Yorkshire’s coastline has moved more than three miles inland, while the mudflats at the mouth of the Humber have grown. This social history of the changing coast uses oral and documentary sources to tell how communities have lived with the threat of erosion and have attempted to protect their towns and villages by slowing down the relentless advance of the North Sea.
Edward I's Conquest of Wales
Sean Davies presents a balanced account of the 13th-century conquest of Wales, giving Welsh and English perspectives on the war, looking at the forces and ambitions of both Edward and Llywelyn Gruffudd, and at the sufferings of the people of Wales. However, Davies places the conquest in the context of Welsh warfare and society since the demise of the Romans, offering an alternative to the common view of Wales overwhelmed by a more sophisticated military culture.
Archaeology and Development
This volume from the Scottish Burgh Survey offers the general reader a detailed and well-illustrated guide to the history and archaeology of Dunfermline as well as providing local authorities, developers and residents with reliable information to help protect and manage the archaeology and environment of this historic burgh and abbey.
Edinburgh in the Great War
Your Towns and Cities in the Great War
Like other cities, Edinburgh sent men to the front, cared for war wounded and coped with profound social changes. Personal accounts, letters and newspaper reports give a sense of the experience of living in the capital during the conflict.
The Story of Ely
Ely’s impressive collection of monastic buildings has been the backdrop to a rich and varied past embracing gradual development and dramatic change. An Ely-born councillor highlights the contributions of powerful bishops and famous residents as he traces the city’s history from 673, when Etheldreda established her monastery on this large island in the Cambridgeshire Fens, to the award of city status in 1974 and flourishing contemporary innovations including the Eel Festival and Potato Race.
This richly illustrated A–Z guide to Gloucestershire's towns and villages explores enigmatic locations from crumbling manor houses, castles and ruins to ancient woods and trackways with long-forgotten standing stones and tombstones. Added to this are descriptions of hauntings, UFO sightings, crop circles and unsolved murders.
Arranged geographically, this illustrated guide to the eerie sites of Britain’s capital proceeds from Kensington to the East End, via Bayswater, where a phantom horse-bus can sometimes be seen, Westminster Abbey, stalked by a spectral monk, and the ghost-inhabited Tower of London. Slightly off-mint.
Remembering 1914–18, Great War Britain
To supplement the workforce manufacturing grenades at the Mills Munition Works, 15,000 people moved to Birmingham. This local history recalls the impact their arrival had on life on the home front and recounts the experiences of the city’s enlisted men.
The rich history of Bristol has generated hundreds of commemorative plaques across the city, marking the spots of historical events or the dwellings of notable personalities. This guide to the tributes provides their locations, ranging from places associated with the voyage of 15th-century explorer John Cabot to the birthplace of film actor Cary Grant and the site of TV chef Keith Floyd’s first restaurant, and gives background information about the people.
Hail Philpstoun's Queen
And Other Tales from the Shale
For well over a century, the story of the West Lothian village Philpstoun was deeply linked to the shale industry. This carefully researched local history recalls life and times in an era of community spirit and village pride, with descriptions and photos of Rows houses, horse-drawn grocers' vans and the yearly summer galas which crowned a village queen.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Durham
Covering the whole of County Durham (before the boundary changes of 1974), this survey unearths kidnapping, highway robbery, incest and a burglary at the Co-op in Windy Nook as well as manslaughter and murder, from a strangled labourer in 1624 to the case of Abel Atherton, hanged for shooting Elizabeth Ann Patrick in Chopwell in 1909.
Bury St Edmunds
Halsgrove Discover Series
The noted photographer Alan Childs captures the beauty of the former capital of East Anglia, Bury St Edmunds, through images that convey the sweep of the town and more focused portraits of its characterful buildings, both on and off the beaten track. For those wishing to explore the area on foot, there are details of five town walks, accompanied by maps recreated from the Victorian originals.
Burslem, now part of Stoke-on-Trent, was known as ‘the Mother Town’ of the Potteries because it was the first to develop ceramics manufactures at the industrial revolution. The town’s history is dominated by potters and potteries, with the Wedgwood families among the earliest – Aaron Wedgwood’s Big House works was the first to have a tiled roof. Hodgkiss offers a detailed account of the town and its industry, illustrated with prints, photographs and reproductions of the potteries’ design sheets and advertisements.
Footloose in the Peak
Born in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Peter Clowes has walked the hills and dales of the Peak District since childhood and draws on a life-long fascination with the history and landscape of the region to present an illustrated account of life there, past and present, and to describe his own ‘tramps’ around features such as Kinder Scout, Great Ridge and Mam Tor.
Not a Plack the Richer
Argyll's Mining Story
After explaining the geology of the Argyll region and why mining minerals there proved so frustrating for the landowners and prospectors who complained that they never made a plack (a four-penny piece) from the mines, Marian Pallister’s history of Argyll mining for coal, lead, copper, zinc, silver, nickel and gold, silica and strontium, looks at the working conditions and the lives of the miners and their families, the decline of the mines and their legacy to the region.
An Island and Its People
On the southern end of the Outer Hebrides, Mingulay was abandoned by its inhabitants in 1912 and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Ben Buxton, who investigated its archaeological sites in the 1990s, tells the story of the island and its three neighbours, Berneray, Pabbay and Sandray, since the earliest human occupation; and he describes the lives, work, lore and religion of its isolated population and the hardships that forced them to leave. Slightly off-mint.
A Frontier Region
The ‘frontier’ between Scotland and the English invaders of medieval times, the principal battlefield of the Wars of Independence, and a region rife with ferocious family feuds, Dumfriesshire had a long and often violent history until the Act of Union in 1707, which brought not only peace, but land improvement, agricultural development and industrialization. Andrew McCulloch, a native of south-west Scotland, presents a comprehensive history of the region, from the Stone Age to devolution and the 2016 Independence referendum.
Portrait of Herefordshire
This celebration of the people, places and traditions of Herefordshire is a contemporary portrayal of the county by photographer Malcolm Scott. The 150 black-and-white images include views of the landscapes and locations but focus more on the people, creating a sense of continuity between past and present by recording local meetings, country shows, traditional farming activities, small-scale producers and traditional craftspeople at work.
Ye Olde Townships
Denby Dale, Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West & District
Presenting former times in the villages of the Upper Dearne Valley, between Huddersfield, Barnsley and Wakefield in South Yorkshire, this collection contains over 400 previously unpublished vintage photographs, dating from the late 19th to the mid 20th century. As well as street scenes and views of principal buildings and landmarks, the images include aerial shots, portraits of local characters and snaps of local events and gatherings.
Images of the Past: The British Seaside
Drawing on the archives of the Mary Evans Picture Library, this collection of photographs, cartoons, illustrations and ephemera tells the story of the British seaside, looking at how the purpose, traditions and character of coastal resorts have developed since the first sea bathing cure destinations opened in the late 18th century. Each image is captioned and accompanied by explanatory text.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Sheffield
From the mid-18th century to the 1920s, the darker aspects of Sheffield’s history include quirky crimes such as a brutal attack on a pit pony in 1891 and bigamy in Pitsmoor, as well asmurders, including those committed by the notorious serial killer Charlie Peace.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Rotherham
Highway robbery in 1856; little Nellie Gibbins, starved to death in 1918; 77-year-old LucySpray killed for a mug of water in 1940 ... Kevin Turton tells the stories of these and 14 more murderous crimes committed and criminals apprehended in and around Rotherham since Victorian times.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Glasgow
In tales of robbery, murder, gangland violence and domestic cruelty, Paul Harrison explores a dark side of Glasgow’s past: 18 cases ranging from the murder of Alexander Love in 1818 and the gruesome execution of his killer, to two policemen shot dead by armed robbers in 1969.
England's Cathedrals by Train
Discover How the Normans and Victorians Helped to Shape Our Lives
Linking the achievements of the great medieval cathedral builders with the engineering genius of the 19th century, Naylor journeys to 33 cathedrals, among them the modern buildings of Liverpool, Coventry and Guildford, and he provides ‘Railway Notes’ on the history and present-day operation of trains, track and stations en route.
England's Historic Churches by Train
A Companion Volume to England's Cathedrals by Train
In this companion volume to England’s Cathedrals by Train, Naylor visits 32 churches, including abbeys and priories as well as parish churches, each one chosen for a particularly interesting feature; whether the twisted spire of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield or the 1,000-year-old Bath Abbey, where England’s first king was crowned (and nearby, Brunel’s Box Tunnel).
18th, 19th & 22nd Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry in the Great War
The three battalions of Durham Light Infantry raised during the First World War all saw significant action in France from 1916. This history describes their recruitment, training and active service and is supported by first-hand accounts and archive photographs.
Pembroke & Around
With sepia-toned 'then' and colour 'now' photographs and notes on the transformations or continuities, this book from the Through Time series presents around 180 pictures showing how Pembroke, with its magnificent castle, and the surrounding Welsh countryside have changed over the last century.
Swaledale and Richmond
The Story of a Dale
The valley of the Swale, with its principal town of Richmond, is famed for its rugged beauty and peacefulness, and as the setting for the vet novels by James Herriot. Only 20 miles long, it has a rich heritage which the author, himself a Swaledale man, celebrates through well-researched descriptions and images of its history, landscape and archaeology.
Culture, History, Place
Marking Hull’s tenure as UK City of Culture in 2017, this volume of illustrated essays and articles covers topics ranging from prehistoric settlement to the city’s university librarian and poet, Philip Larkin, and contemporary music festivals. Bound in blue, gold-embossed linen. Slip-cased.
Preston in the First World War
From the declaration of war as reported in local newspapers to demobilization, David Huggonson gives a well-illustrated account of Preston’s response to the First World War. He describes the recruiting drives, the Preston ‘Pals’ and news of the soldiers at the front, but also looks in detail at other aspects of wartime in this industrial town, particularly the work undertaken by women, food rationing and the ‘Buffet’ providing refreshment for soldiers.
Hartland Point to North Foreland
The Fishing Industry Through Time
From inkwell lobster pots in Cornwall, this volume travels along England’s south coast, through harbours including Newlyn, Brixham, Hastings and Brighton, with oyster fishing under sail and pilchard seining among the fishing methods described.
The Ringing Grooves of Change
Brunel and the Coming of the Railway to Bath
Before the opening of the Great Western Railway, the journey from London to Bath by mail coach took 13 hours; the railway cut the journey time to four hours – it also ruined business for the coaching inns. Their decline is the first of many changes Swift describes, including the invasion of navvies and the cutting through Sydney Gardens; but the focus of the book is Brunel and the construction of his great railway with its bridges, viaducts and the Box Tunnel.
An Italian Immigrant's Search for Respectability in Victorian Bath
Colin Fisher tells the story of Stefan Vallerio Pieroni (1819–1900), a seller of plaster figurines who came to England from Tuscany in 1837. Eventually, he settled in Bath, where he became prominent in the city’s social, cultural and political life.