Noggin the Nog - 5 Books
These simplified editions of the books about the kindly Viking King Noggin the Nog are based on the BBC series by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, the creators of The Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine), and were written especially for emergent independent readers. Age 6+ The five titles included in this set are: Noggin and the Storks (Read more...) Nogbad and the Elephants (Read more...) Noggin and the Moon Mouse (Read more...) Noggin and the Whale (Read more...) Noggin and the Money (Read more...)
A Ploughing People
The Farming Life Celebrated: Stories, Traditions, The Championships
Since the 1930s, farmers have gathered at the National Ploughing Championships, held each autumn at venues around Ireland, to demonstrate their skills and conduct business. Extensively illustrated with vintage and modern photographs, this book describes the origins of the championship, the changes it has undergone as horses gave way to tractors, and profiles past and recent winners.
The Best of Fragments from France
After BB’s cartoons about ‘Old Bill’ and his fellow British soldiers, facing the muddy trenches and German bombardment with sardonic humour, appeared in The Bystander, he became known as ‘The Man Who Won The War’, due to the morale boost they gave the country. This reproduction, published in conjunction with Help For Heroes, accompanies each image with informative captions.
Christmas at War
Heartwarming True Stories of How Britain Came Together on the Home Front
Gleaned from first-person interviews, diaries and letters, this collection of festive wartime recollections evokes a less materialistic, more stoic world. From memories of resourceful makeshift dinners, handmade presents and carol singing during the black-out to an account of Christmas day in Colditz, the stories range in tone from humorous to heartbreaking.
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.
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.
Famous Brand Names and Their Origins
From Bovril and Vaseline to Cluedo and John Lewis, our homes and high streets are full of products and companies with famous names, just as they were in the past. This history explains the origins of many of the best-known brands, with facts, period advertising and nostalgic images of the original versions of everyday household favourites.
Great Western Railway
Stars, Castles and Kings
George Churchward’s Star class locomotives, launched in 1907, set the pattern for the engines that would haul GWR’s glamorous passenger expresses during the golden age of steam. Examples of the Castle and King class developments of 1923 and 1927 remained in service until the end of steam in the region. This analysis provides an illustrated technical evaluation of the three locomotive designs and details of their allocation and work on the network up to the 1960s.
Images of Kent, Surrey, Sussex & South London Railways
The south-east of England has much to offer the railway enthusiast: as the most highly populated area of the country it was served by a variety of routes, many of which no longer exist, from the steam era onward. The images of locomotives and rolling stock in this photographic collection depict both main and branch lines, and the goods yards and engine sheds that served them.
Scouse, Choppers and Space Hoppers
Happy Days and Hard Times in Sixties and Seventies Liverpool
In this nostalgic memoir, the comedian Crissy Rock recalls growing up in working-class Liverpool during the 1960s, an era when traditional values of community, family and hard work counted for everything, even as bold changes in culture, fashion and music swept through the city.
The Girl in the Spotty Dress
Memories from the 1950s, and the Photo that Changed my Life
One breezy day in 1951, Pat Stewart was photographed perched on the seafront railings at Blackpool, her spotty dress billowing in the wind. It was an image that would become one of the most iconic of the age. Here, she looks back over her life, sharing stories about her dancing career and her time working as a showbusiness agent.
Victorians and Edwardians Abroad
The Beginning of the Modern Holiday
The Polytechnic Touring Agency (PTA) was created in 1888 to cater for the growing numbers of lower middle-class people who could for the first time afford to holiday abroad. From the PTA archive at the University of Westminster, this book presents the recollections of those who enjoyed ‘Poly holidays’ before 1914. Illustrated with postcards, photographs and promotional items, it records their train journeys to Paris, Switzerland and Italy, and reveals a penchant for mischievous fun.
Here's One I Made Earlier
Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s television programme, is known for its famous ‘makes’ – creative projects which transform everyday household objects into toys and gifts. This collection reproduces some of the most memorable designs, including the Advent Crown, the Doll’s House and Tracy Island, and has a foreword by Valerie Singleton and contributions from former presenters and the ‘Queen of Makes’, Margaret Parnell.
British Buses 1967
The 220 photographs in this survey of bus services in Britain were all taken in 1967, capturing the varied scene in the year before the formation of the National Bus Company, which brought a greater degree of standardization to the network. Explanatory captions identify the assorted fleets of buses, coaches and trolleybuses run by a wide variety of private operators and city corporations.
An Odyssey in Steam
Railway Paintings from 'Rocket' to 'Evening Star'
David Bell made his name as a marine artist, having spent time in the merchant navy, but his boyhood passion was for the railways, fuelled by visits to Doncaster Carr shed during the last days of steam. This selection of his detailed yet atmospheric watercolour paintings and pencil sketches presents a mixture of scenes, from nostalgic imaginings of the great locomotives in their heyday to preserved steam railways and exhibits at the National Railway Museum.
Memories of a Rascal's 1950s Childhood
With a turbulent home life, the young Peter Stockley found adventure and a sense of belonging with his gang, ‘the Scallywags’, in 1950s Liverpool. Their joyful but sometimes dangerous escapades, including exploring bombed-out houses and swimming in rat-infested canals, shaped the rest of his life and he recounts with nostalgia and humour some of his adventures. Slightly off-mint.
Games from Childhood
A Nostalgic Compendium of Games We Used to Play
Marked-out boards for versions of the game known in Britain as Nine Men's Morris have been discovered on classical ruins, ancient clay tiles and even in a Viking ship burial, the longevity and wide reach of the game attesting to its appeal. This compendium explains Nine Men’s Morris and eight other enduring games, such as Hangman and Battleships, with rules, strategy tips, printed playing boards and grids.
Tales of Somerset Steam
The first steam-driven engine in Somerset was a water pump installed in the 1740s, but the Great Western Railway brought more profound change a century later. With reminiscences of life on the railways, this book provides a round-up of steam in the county with stories including the Radstock accident of 1876 and the filming of the Beatles’ A Hard Day's Night in 1964.
Today Aylesbury has expanded beyond the limits of its ancient parish and is home to a variety of service and light engineering industries. This very readable and well-illustrated account goes back to prehistoric times, describing recent archaeological evidence for ancient settlements on the site before tracing the town's history since the royal manors of Aylesbury and Walton in early medieval times.
Discovering Scotland's Lost Railways
Railway closures were underway in Scotland from the 1930s as remote lines built in the 19th century proved uneconomical. The 1963 Beeching Report recommended further cuts, and by the end of the 1960s large parts of the country were without a service. This exploration of forgotten railways, first published in 2009, traces twelve routes, mixing archive images of the lines in operation with contemporary photographs of what remains of the stations, bridges, signalling and other lineside equipment.
Mile by Mile
An Illustrated Journey on Britain's Railways
SN Pike's legendary hand-drawn route maps are a guide to Britain's major railways on the eve of nationalization, with notes on the view from the train as well as trackside data for railway enthusiasts. The 1947 routes of the LNER, Southern Railway and LMSR are reproduced here; plus a new route, drawn in Pike's style, for the GWR. With new introductions by Peter Herring.
Holidays in Victorian England
Images of the Past
Margaret B was an ordinary middle-class English girl of the late Victorian era whose family made trips all over southern England. Their visits to places such as Brighton, Broadstairs, Exeter and Ilfracombe were recorded in Margaret's photographs. Accompanied by Thorburn's informative commentary, her pictures of the countryside and seaside, architectural splendours and quaint villages reveal the typical holiday for middle-class Victorians in an England untouched by cars and car parks.
The Best of Jackie
What to wear to get a date with a Bay City Roller (stripy socks from Mary Quant, 75p); how to tell if you're in love; where to buy those bell-bottomed dungarees... This shamelessly nostalgic compilation of facsimile pages from Jackie magazine, 1970–76, includes Cathy and Claire agony aunt pages, quizzes, readers' letters, fashion and make-up tips, and lots of advice on the burning issue – going out with boys.