The Thames Ironworks
A History of East London Industrial and Sporting Heritage
Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, the Thames Iron Works pioneered metal-hulled ships in the mid 19th century, providing employment for much of the East End. Though it closed in 1912, its spirit lives on through the company's football team, which became West Ham United.
Tales from the Big House: Normanby Hall
400 Years of its History and People
Normanby Hall has been the seat of the Sheffield family since it was built in the 1820s. In this social history, Stephen Wade charts the hall’s role in local industry and during two world wars, when it was used as a military hospital and a personnel base. The tales of the resident family, guests and staff include the charismatic Lady Grosvenor, who astonished servants by arriving in a gypsy caravan.
The 'Kingdom' of Fife boasts Scotland's oldest university and the home of golf at St Andrews as well as picturesque fishing villages, ancient monuments and a beautiful rural heartland. Liz Hanson's photographs range from views of the Forth Bridge across the estuary and the mining and manufacturing towns around Dunfermline to the world-famous golfing country of the east coast.
The northern border of East Lothian faces the Forth Estuary and the North Sea and this portfolio explores the 40-mile coastline, encompassing the harbour towns of Cockenzie, North Berwick and Dunbar and the famous golf links of Musselburgh and Gullane, as well as the rural hinterland and the Lammermuir Hills to the south.
A Selection of the Post-War Ship Photographs of Basil Feilden
Basil Feilden (1908–1995) made a living by photographing ships in Liverpool during its heyday as a major shipping port. The 125 photographs in this collection date from 1950 to 1960 and are accompanied by details of each ship’s builder, date, gross tonnage, length and engine for the enthusiast, along with more general information about the ship and what it was doing in the Mersey at that time.
Westminster and Pimlico Past
A Visual History
Westminster, as photographed by millions of tourists, is the Houses of Parliament and the Abbey. This first modern history of the area skilfully interweaves the stirring events on that public stage with the lesser-known story of its waterlogged hinterland, with its creeks and ferries, taverns and pest houses, and its grim penitentiary.
The two villages of Great and Little Stanmore, which now form one of London’s northernmost suburbs, nestled amid woods and farmland until their development between the wars. This fascinating history traces their medieval and Tudor past, and the great houses such as Chandos that dominated them in the Georgian era.
A Capital History
This wide-ranging and extensively illustrated survey explores every aspect of London’s politics, not only in its position as the capital of the nation, seat of the monarchy and home of Parliament, but in all its diversity. Richard Tames charts the development of the city’s often contentious local government, its long-standing function as a magnet for exiled revolutionaries, and its role as an arena of conflict for strikers, suffragettes, Fenians and fascists.
Kennington, Vauxhall, Waterloo
Now a vibrant cultural hub centred on the South Bank, the London Eye and the Oval cricket ground, Lambeth was once a marshy riverside district notable for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s palace. This absorbing book traces its history by way of the Gunpowder Plot, gin, Vauxhall Motors, Charlie Chaplin and a serial poisoner.
City of London Past
London’s financial district is also its ancient core, the city founded by the Romans and bounded by its medieval walls. From Boudicca to the Blitz, its history is one of devastation and renewal. This compelling account records its fortunes and misfortunes, its highlife and lowlife, and the merchants, politicians, hucksters and hacks who have shaped it.
The Middle and Lower Thames
From Sonning to Teddington
This pictorial history of the Thames from Reading to Teddington comprises a series of prints, photographs and postcards, from the 18th to the 20th century, depicting riverside scenes of bridges, locks, boats and leisure activities at locations such as Henley.
A History of Huntingdonshire
The Darwen County History Series
Despite disappearing from official maps in the 1974 reorganization, the distinct identity of Huntingdonshire is still upheld by locals. Once one of England's smallest counties, the area is associated with notable historical figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys.
Great War Britain: Hull & the Humber
Susanna O'Neill offers an insight into Hull’s experiences of the war years, when its factories turned their attention to munitions making, its fishing trade supplied vessels and men, and German Zeppelin aerial attacks killed 47 people between 1915 and 1918.
Wool and War in Wiltshire
Situated in the lush Wylie Valley, Codford is the site of a very ancient settlement; it has a prehistoric monument (an early Iron Age hillstop enclosure); it stood on an important royal route in medieval times; and in the 20th century, the wartime army camps on Salisbury Plain had a great impact on the parish. This illustrated local history, part of the England’s Past for Everyone series, tells Codford’s story from its origins to the present day.
Burton Upon Trent Recollections
Images of England
Once a common sight on Burton's railways were the local Bass brewery's own steam locomotives, as attested by one of the archive images in this collection. The selection of postcards, photographs, illustrations and ephemera recalls life in the town over the last 100 years from street scenes and views of notable houses and gardens to images of sports teams, workers' outings and local events.
A Visitor's Guide to Shakespeare's London
This time-traveller’s guide takes the reader back to a London not entirely unlike ours, a city of drinking, dining, entertainment and shopping. And though many buildings have been obliterated by fire, Blitz and development, the street plan remains. Like any reliable guidebook, it provides information on when to visit, how to get there – ‘the Gravesend voyage is very difficult and its length depends on the weather’ – where to stay and what to see.
A Very Civil People
Hebridean Folk, History and Tradition
Edited by Hugh Cheape, this volume contains articles by John Lorne Campbell (1906–1996), the renowned writer on Hebridean history, folklore and literature. The articles, translated here from the original Gaelic, are in sections on St Kilda; Uist tradition; Eriskay tradition; Barra, Mingulay and Bernera; the history of the Small Isles (Eigg, Rum and Canna); the Jacobite poet Alexander MacDonald; and the Clearances.
The House of a Corvedale Parish
The rural parish of Diddlebury lies in the valley of the river Corfe, to the east of Wenlock Edge. Martin Speight, who has lived there for more than 20 years, presents his research into the area’s history, from the earliest evidence of Anglo-Saxon settlement to the 21st century. Following a thematic approach, he highlights the development of Diddlebury’s estates and the frequent tensions between rector, schoolmaster and major landowners.