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.
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.
Doctor Turner's Casebook
Based on the BBC Hit Drama Call The Midwife
Describing the practice of a GP in East London in the 1950s and '60s, this companion to the popular BBC TV series Call the Midwife recalls many of its storylines to explore the healthcare issues encountered by an inner-city doctor. Illustrated with stills from the programme and period ephemera, the cases highlight the social problems of post-war Poplar and how scientific breakthroughs and the introduction of the National Health Service transformed treatments during the period.
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.
Town, Trade and River
Set between the tree-covered Chiltern slopes on a bend in the River Thames, Henley is famed for its handsome timber-and-brick buildings, its elegant 18th century bridge and its regatta. This illustrated account traces its history from its creation as a planned medieval market town, through development as a coaching hub to its present role as a tourist and commuter centre. Drawing on extensive research, Townley's book reveals the forces that have shaped Henley's appealing townscape.
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.
Penryn from Old Photographs
At the head of the Penryn River, just upstream from Falmouth, the sheltered harbour town of Penryn grew prosperous on the back of the Cornish granite and tin trade, and retains some fine buildings from the Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian periods. This collection of images shows the historic market town and the life of its residents in old photographs and postcards, mostly from the early 20th century.
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.
Although only about 12 miles in length, running between the village of Whitwell and Hertford, the Mimram is notable for being a chalk stream, characterized by clear, slightly alkaline waters, which enrich the surrounding land and provide a perfect environment for trout. This guide examines the history and natural environment of the river and the settlements and buildings along its course, which include a number of grand houses and parks.
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.