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 have always been rife with poverty and crime: focusing on the 18th and 19th century, local historian David Charnick tells dark tales of murders, poisonings and abductions, 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.
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.
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.
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.
This City Now
Glasgow and its Working Class Past
The regeneration of central Glasgow has been much celebrated, but little attention is paid to the architectural heritage of the city’s working-class suburbs. Each chapter of this illustrated book focuses on a particular area, such as Anderston, Partick or Springburn, and how its Victorian, Arts and Crafts and early Modernist buildings represent its socialist struggle. Locator maps are provided throughout. Off-mint.
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.
The Life of Tea
A Journey to the World's Finest Teas
‘The taste and experience of pure nature, with all its exquisite flavours and aromas, are at the heart of the enjoyment of tea.’ For this spectacular three-part ‘Journey’, the authors, a documentary photographer and a tea expert, first went in search of the tea plants and the process from ‘earth to cup’, then explored the finest tea mountains of China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka and, finally, sought out the cultural world that has developed around tea drinking.
English County Regiments
This is an expanded, illustrated edition of the earlier Arthur Taylor book, a detailed almanac of the county regiments of England. It gives a brief history and lineage of each, plus details of battle honours, marches, customs, Victoria Crosses, nicknames, badges, facings, mottoes and memorials. It also includes details of the regimental museums and the churches where their Regimental Colours are displayed.
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.
The History of Macclesfield
In 1817, when John Corry was writing his history, Macclesfield was the third most important town in Cheshire; it had been notable for its manufactures of silk and mohair buttons, but in the mid-18th century a number of silk mills were built, followed by cotton mills which brought prosperity and, in Corry’s opinion, a ‘deterioration of morals’. His history of the town is followed by short accounts of Congleton, Knutsford, Stockport, Buxton and Leek. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.
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.
Jasper, Joists & Jillivers: The History of the 1986 Garden Festival Site
Founded by Josiah Wedgwood near Stoke-on-Trent in 1769 to house the workers in his pottery, Etruria was probably the world’s first planned industrial village. The three parts of this illustrated history reflect the three phases of its existence: Jasper, representing Wedgwood’s celebrated Jasper Ware; joists for the Shelton Bar Steelworks later established in the area; and Jillivers, for the National Garden Festival that revived the fortunes of the abandoned post-industrial site in the 1980s.
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.