British Isles (all)
The Lost City of London
The Great Fire of 1666 swept away much of medieval London, obliterating the city of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Pepys. Illustrated with modern colour photographs alongside historic prints and maps, this concise and erudite handbook provides an alphabetical gazetteer to the scattered structures that survive, from fragments of the Roman walls to Jacobean houses in Cloth Fair, and from the mighty White Tower to the tiny church of St Ethelburga.
Mapping the City
Home to one of the world's oldest universities, Oxford has been extensively mapped over four and a half centuries. This well illustrated volume brings together 59 remarkable maps and views dating from 1568 to 2016. Few were created to help people find their way around its historic townscape: instead, they reveal a fascinating tableau of the city's history, from the Civil War to a planned Soviet assault on the heart of the British motor industry.
Days Out Underground
50 Subterranean Adventures Beneath Britain
From Wookey Hole to nuclear bunkers, and from 17th-century Geevor tin mine to storytelling tours of Edinburgh’s vaults, the shelter and materials provided by the subterranean have been significant in shaping the nation. In addition to practical information – including location and notes on necessary clothing and footwear – this illustrated guide to 50 underground attractions explains their historical context and sights to look out for when visiting them.
Played in London
Charting the Heritage of a City at Play
This overview of the capital’s sporting heritage and architecture details the background and history of a comprehensive variety of events, including current and forgotten venues from the centre to the suburbs, together with a range of anecdotes and archive photos.
The historic county of Berkshire stretches about 70 miles from the Marlborough Downs to the suburbs of West London, and its scenery includes forest, ancient chalk hills and Thames Valley lowlands. This collection of photographs from around the year is accompanied by the author’s personal reflections on the landscape and story of England’s Royal County.
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.
The Village News
The Truth Behind England's Rural Idyll
Over the course of the last century, the English village has often been declared dead or dying. In this volume, ex-BBC journalist Tom Fort sets out to discover how these communities are really fairing. Fort approaches 6,000 years of history and his own experiences of rural life with wit and entertaining observations, and concludes that ‘the village as a model for communal living is simply too strong to fail’.
Newport Through Time
From tearoom aspidistras to Macdonald’s hanging baskets ... In around 180 pictures, this book from the Through Time series shows some of the many ways in which Newport has changed over the last century. The sepia-toned 'then' and colour 'now' photographs are accompanied by anecdotes from the town’s history and notes on the transformations or continuities.
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.
London Map of Days
This calendar of events that have taken place in London over the centuries runs from 1 January 1660, when Samuel Pepys began his diary, through every day of the year to 31 December 1999, when the London Eye was formally opened. For every date it gives a fact, fiction or personality associated with some part of the metropolis. A fold-out reproduction of the map on which it is based is included at the back.
Durham, Darlington and County Durham
Images of the North East in the 1960s
The North East was in decline during the 1960s, with traditional heavy industry collapsing, housing and infrastructure crumbling and money scarce. This collection of black-and-white images portrays life in Darlington and Durham at the time, with extensive accompanying recollections by the author. The notably well-composed and poetic photographs offer a social history of people and places, work and leisure, and urban and industrial decay.
Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London's Great Forest
After 15 years in the music industry, Will Ashon experienced a ‘not hugely original’ mid-life crisis. Struggling to write, he took to walking in Epping Forest near his East London home, encountering filthy graffiti and terrifying dogs. The result was this unique work of non-fiction – part memoir, part cultural history, part landscape writing. Shot through with self-deprecating humour and political indignation, the book is a life-affirming exploration of our modern anxieties.
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.
Fashion in Pictures
Pop stars and actors as well as models and society figures feature in this pictorial survey of fashion since 1900 through photographs taken for the Daily Mirror newspaper. From reportage images of Royal Ascot to studio fashion shots and tabloid-style photographs, the images reflect the changing times as well as changing attire.
Britain in Pictures
Drawn from the Press Association’s archives, the photographs in this collection start with a penny-farthing race in 1932 and end with a jitterbug competition in 1939 – but in between are years of mass unemployment, fascists in London, the abdication crisis and the declaration of war.
A History of Scotland's Landscapes
Few places in the British Isles are unmarked by human activity; even the open spaces of Scotland have been shaped by the labours of medieval peasants and by heavy industry. Illustrated with maps, drawings and aerial photographs, this book shows us how to read the landscape and detect the traces of settlement, farming, mineral extraction and leisure, revealing the ways in which, over the millennia, our forebears have wrought a living from the land and its resources.
London Hidden Interiors
Philip Davies's selection of 180 London interiors, all beautifully photographed by Derek Kendall, reveals the architectural riches – and eccentricities – hidden behind inscrutable London facades or tucked away in sidestreets: houses such as 11 Bedford Row, with its magnificent Georgian painted staircase; hidden gems such as the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in Malet Street; and the complete 18th-century dining room by Robert Adam, removed from Bowood House in Wiltshire and reconstructed on the ninth floor of the Lloyd's Building.
St Peter's, Cardross
Birth, Death and Renewal
The striking concrete structure of St Peter’s College has stood on a hill above the Scottish village of Cardross since the mid 1960s, but after the closure of the seminary in 1980 the building was abandoned to decay and vandalism. This book traces the evolution of the College’s innovative Modernist design and celebrates its recent rebirth as a cultural space. A section of colour photographs documents both the site’s dilapidation and the 2016 Hinterland event at which it was officially reopened.
In this book lover’s tour of Britain, the Mail on Sunday’s travel editor embarks on a series of literary rambles through the towns and countryside immortalized by great writers, featuring Jane Austen’s Bath, Hardy’s Wessex, Wordsworth’s Lake District, Bram Stoker’s Whitby and Robert Burns’s birthplace in Alloway. Frank Barrett’s adventures, recounted with self-deprecating humour, include satnav errors, truculent tour guides and, of course, the British weather.
Who Built Scotland
In a fresh approach to Scotland’s past, five Scottish writers – Alexander McCall Smith, Alistair Moffat, James Robertson, James Crawford and the poet Kathleen Jamie – explore 25 buildings, or remains of buildings, across the country. Starting at Geldie Burn in the Cairngorms with its traces of prehistoric habitations, they visit Iona’s ancient abbey, medieval castles, and modern buildings ranging from the Glasgow School of Art to Sullom Voe oil terminal – structures whose stories together create a new narrative of Scottish history.
The health benefits of sea-bathing first encouraged people to visit the seafront in the 18th century and even small towns without a port or harbour, like Blackpool, began to develop as resorts. This highly illustrated volume, with historic and contemporary photographs, prints and illustrations, examines the history, geography, economy, architecture, entertainments and future of the British seaside resort.
Painting East Anglia & Beyond
A marine and landscape artist, teacher and member of the Wapping Group, Peter Gilman had been painting in East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and along the Thames for 30 years before his death, by suicide, in 1984. This book brings together full-page reproductions of 120 works in watercolour, oil or acrylic, with a biographical introduction to the artist and his work, including tributes by fellow Wapping Group artists.
Britain in Pictures
A young Julie Andrews as Cinderella, Colin Jackson in mid-flight over hurdles, Harold Wilson shrouded in pipe-smoke... This A–Z of outstanding personalities, captured in more than 400 reportage photographs, presents a century of sportsmen and women, actors and musicians, writers, artists, politicians, soldiers and royalty.
A Place in History
Britain's Headline News Stories Remembered
Through archival and modern photographs, this book revisits the scenes of headline-grabbing events from 20th-century British history. Disasters such as the Crystal Palace fire of 1936 are commemorated, alongside the sporting triumph of Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile in Oxford and Liverpool’s cultural landmark – the Cavern Club. Comparing the appearance of these places then and now provides a pictorial record of the far-reaching social and economic changes that Britain has experienced.
Ancient Trees of the National Trust
After an introduction explaining the process of ageing in trees and their biological and environmental importance, the National Trust’s Ancient Tree Adviser Brian Muelaner and photographer Edward Parker survey the ancient trees in 40 National Trust properties, arranged alphabetically from Ankerwycke in Surrey, where the Magna Carta may have been signed under the great Ankerwycke Yew, to Sir Isaac Newton’s Apple Tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire.
Magdalen College Oxford
A Brief History and Guide
With illustrations ranging from a reproduction of the Foundation Deed to a photograph of deer rutting in Magdalen’s Grove, Christine Ferdinand presents an academic, architectural and personal history of the College, from its founding by William Waynflete in 1458 to the 21st century and the opening of the new Longwall Library.
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.
Oxfordshire's Best Churches
This guide explores the origins, history and building materials of Oxfordshire’s parish churches. The authoritative introduction examines the ways in which the buildings have developed over the last thousand years, and the gazetteer features 116 of the finest medieval and post-medieval examples in the county. Illustrated with over 300 colour photographs and floor plans, the survey provides descriptions of significant architectural features, sculpture and stained glass, and identifies often-overlooked details unique to each site.
The Strange Rebirth of British Beer
The explosion of independent breweries is the latest twist in the resurgence of the British beer industry. The popular bloggers Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey tell its story, from the reaction against industrialization and standardization in the 1950s and 1960s to modern craft beers. Slightly off-mint.
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.
Shiels to Shields
The Life Story of a North Tyneside Town
Although North Shields was more advantageously positioned on the Tyne than its upstream neighbour, the 13th-century royal charter granting Newcastle a monopoly over trade held back the settlement's expansion for centuries. This illustrated history identifies the events that shaped the town, describing the local industries of coal mining, shipbuilding and fishing and giving an insight into the working and living conditions of its inhabitants during the period of rapid expansion in the 19th century.
A Vision of Countryside
From high moorland to shingled coast, the nature blogger Jan Wiltshire explores the landscape and wildlife of her home county. Detailed photographs capture rugged fells and wind-blasted trees, rare orchids, redstarts and skylarks, a cuckoo on Scout Scar, and the scarce natterjack toad in the Duddon Estuary, while the accompanying text inspires us to engage with, value and preserve the natural world.
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.
The Summer Walkers
Travelling People and Pearl-Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland
Known to the Highlands crofters as ‘the Summer Walkers’, the travelling tinsmiths, hawkers, horse-dealers and pearl-fishers are indigenous, Gaelic-speaking Scots who go from village to village, buying, selling and entertaining. First published in 1996 this book documents a way of life vanishing even then: the work, songs and stories of the Travelling People – mainly of Sutherland and Ross-shire – are described in their own words and with their photographs. Finally, there are notes on Traveller origins, ‘cover tongue’, routes and campsites.
The Writing on the Wall
100 Iconic Blue Plaques Commemorating Britain's History
Britain’s iconic blue plaques identify buildings that were home to, or significant in the success of, notable historical figures. In this celebration of individual achievement, Mike Read, who helped create a series of plaques for BBC Music Day in 2017, presents 100 such commemorations, with illustrations of the plaques, photographs and biographical details. From David Bowie to William Shakespeare, each entry contains an often surprising link to the next featured plaque.
Experience, Explore, Enjoy
The Scottish Borders – the area south of Edinburgh and west of Berwick-upon-Tweed – is described by the authors as ‘unsurpassed walking country’. This illustrated guide introduces the towns, countryside, wildlife and the people and places of special interest in ‘Britain’s best kept secret’. A Foxglove Visitor Guide.
Played in Tyne and Wear
Charting the Heritage of People at Play
Illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs, this social and architectural history explores the sporting heritage of the Newcastle, Sunderland and Tynemouth areas, where former cock-fighting pits exist alongside Victorian swimming baths, pigeon crees and stadiums. After examining recreational activities in the region, the book focuses on nine sports whose associated sites and buildings have helped to shape the historic environment of Tyne and Wear.
Scotland for Gardeners
The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres
Arranged by geographical area and illustrated with colour photographs, this comprehensive guide to Scottish gardens includes a detailed description of each location, recommendations on the best time of year to visit and what to look out for, an introduction to the history of gardening in Scotland and information about specialist nurseries, garden centres, wildflower walks and public parks.
Burns and the Scottish People
Nineteenth-century Scotland had other heroes besides Robert Burns (1759–96), notably William Wallace and Sir Walter Scott, but the ‘ploughman poet’ was first among equals, a figure who inspired pilgrimage, relic-collectors, ‘Burns suppers’, commemorative editions, monuments and statues. In investigating what Burns meant to ordinary Scots and how he was read and understood, Whatley treats the afterlife of the poet, not only as a literary phenomenon, but as a moving force within the mainstream of Scottish history.
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.
And the Plan for Edinburgh's Third New Town
Rising just beyond the centre of Edinburgh, the once rural Calton Hill was developed in the late 18th century to extend the city towards the port of Leith. The site’s contrasting architectural styles are often perceived as a commentary on the friction between Scottish and British nationalism, reflecting the nuances that define Scotland’s sense of identity within Britain. In this well-illustrated study, the author investigates Calton Hill’s creation, its history, and its symbolism for Scotland today.
Tir a' Mhurain
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
In 1954, when the world was living under the shadow of nuclear war, the acclaimed modernist photographer Paul Strand spent three months among the people of the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, a community whose traditional way of life was under threat from a plan to build an American missile base. This collection of black-and-white portraits of Scottish people, landscapes and architectural details documents his stay.
A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems
Alexander McCall Smith’s anthology of Scottish poems is arranged in eight parts, on themes including love and marriage, islands, and war, conflict and loss, with poets spanning the centuries, from William Dunbar in the 15th, to Hugh MacDiarmid and Kathleen Raine in the 20th.
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.
The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Greatest Strikers Scotland Never Had
Although they grew up and learned their football in Scotland, Joe and Gerry Baker represented the countries of their birth, earning caps for England and the United States respectively. This double biography follows their footballing careers at clubs including Hibernian, Arsenal and Torino in the 1950s and 1960s.
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.
The Way It Was
A History of Gigha
To the west of the Kintyre Peninsula, Gigha has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times and is notable for the recent community buyout of the island from private ownership. Exploring the heritage of Celts, Vikings and the McNeill clan, this book draws on local traditions as well as historical research. (Previously in Postscript as God's Islanders: A History of the People of Gigha, 2006.)
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 Great Garden
Castles at Achinduin and Coeffin, an Iron Age broch at Tirfuir, two Bronze Age cairns, the remains of the medieval cathedral of Argyll, and evidence of lime-burning industry at Sailean: the relatively fertile island of Lismore (Lios Mòr, ‘the great garden’) at the mouth of the Great Glen has attracted settlement since the Neolithic era. From prehistory to the present, Robert Hay traces the fortunes of the island and the conflicts over its possession, from Vikings to Campbells.
The Gathering Stream
The Story of the Moray Firth
Scotland's largest firth or inlet, the Moray Firth defines an area of coastline stretching from John o'Groats on the northern tip of the mainland to Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire. With the natural advantages of fertile soil, availability of grain, timber and cattle, and an abundance of fish, the area has been contested by five cultures: Pictish, Gaelic, Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Norman-Flemish. James Miller's illustrated study explores the region's history over a period of 2000 years.
Painters, Ploughmen and Places
This blend of history, nature writing and memoir examines how people have responded to the land from the 18th century to the present day, including the Romantic poets’ fascination with the Lake District, and the more practical considerations of the agricultural improvers. Anna Pavord celebrates the beauty of the British landscape, considers how it has affected and inspired its inhabitants, and explores the ways in which a sense of place can help to define cultural identity.
London's Statues and Monuments
This illustrated guide to all outdoor statues and busts in Greater London examines the significance, the sculptor and the story behind each piece, from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square to the many monuments that have been erected in the suburbs. This revised second edition also features sculptures added between 2012 and 2017, including the controversial memorial to Mary Seacole at St Thomas’s Hospital and the life-size statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden.
A City in the Jazz Age
Cathy Ross describes London in the 1920s as a city ‘shot with diversity and criss-crossed with nervous energy as it stared at an uncertain future’. Her book explores the cultural currents that circulated in the city, drawing on the Museum of London’s collections to examine the influence of America and Russia, trends in art, design and fashion, and the architecture and character of the city itself, while also discussing the social and political ideas of the decade.
The Forest of Bere
Hampshire's Forgotten Forest
A patchwork of woods and fields, with ancient hedgerows, winding lanes and small villages, the Forest of Bere in Hampshire now covers approximately 100 square miles, but was once a much larger royal forest. In this richly illustrated book, the authors describe the area's history since Roman and Saxon times and they reveal its all-but-forgotten identity in the distinct character of the landscape and its exceptional wildlife diversity.
Halsgrove Discover Series
With over 150 colour photographs, this journey from the sea to the summit of Scafell Pike explores the natural history of Lakeland through its various habitats - coastlands, meadows, woodlands, waters and fells. Varley also describes how the region has been shaped by human activities in the past and considers what the future holds as landscape, flora and fauna face climate change and rising sea levels. Foreword by Chris Bonington.
Bomber Command Airfields of Yorkshire
Only two of Yorkshire’s wartime airfields are still in use by the RAF but during the Second World War the county was home to 33 stations of No.4 Group and No.6 Group, staging raids against the Ruhr, Hamburg and Berlin. Brief histories of the airfields are given in this volume, together with stories of notable characters and events and details of what remains of the bases today.
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.
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.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Farming and the Land, Vol 2
Containing 43 essays in ten thematic sections, this volume from a major ethnological study of Scotland examines Scottish agriculture from medieval settlements to the present and related subjects including environment, buildings and rural industries.
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.
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).
Portrait of Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park, occupying the north-west corner of Wales, incorporates a varied landscape of moors, lakes, valleys, coastline and craggy mountain peaks. This collection of 140 carefully composed photographs is a study of the area through the seasons, contrasting, for example, the snow-capped peak of Snowdon itself in winter with the wild flowers in the Conway Valley in spring and the ancient woodland around Dolgellau in autumn.
An Illustrated History of Thatching and Thatched Buildings in Devon
Thatched roofs are perhaps associated more with the county of Devon than any other part of the country, the 'combed wheat reed' style of straw thatching being the traditional method of the region. Using many archive photographs as well as images of thatchers at work, this book traces the history of thatching in Devon from the earliest times, celebrating the skills and traditions of the craft and exploring some of the most interesting thatched buildings in the county today.
The Devon Landscape
An Appraisal of Devon's Landscape at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Published by Devon County Council in 2002, this survey breaks the county into 32 distinct ‘landscape character zones’. Each is described and evaluated with maps, photographs and statistics, providing a detailed reference for planners, landowners, geologists, local historians and visitors.
A Vision of Snowdonia
The subject of this photographic tribute covers an area of 827 square miles in the north west of Wales and boasts a varied landscape of heather moors, lakes, wooded valleys, craggy mountains and dramatic coastline. Capturing the majestic scenery at different times of the year and in different lighting conditions, each of the images is presented in a wide-view panoramic format and printed across a double-page spread.
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.
The Story of Britain
From the Romans to the Present Day
This introduction to British history begins with the geographical description of the island itself which, Roy Strong believes, has shaped the nation, its people and its politics. Invasions, migrations, civil wars, and two world wars have all been influenced by Britain’s uneasy relationship with mainland Europe, while a desire for self-sufficiency produced the empire and the Industrial Revolution. This new edition has been extended to cover the years from 1996 to the 2016 EU referendum.
Wiltshire Town Houses
From Salisbury to market towns such as Devizes, Wiltshire’s urban buildings express a distinctive local vernacular. Drawing on county archives and illustrated with photographs, maps and plans, this study explains the pattern of development before examining the town houses of the gentry, workers’ and artisans’ dwellings, shop fronts and pubs, detailing period styles, building materials, and external and interior features.
Great Houses of The National Trust
This alphabetical guide features some of the National Trust’s most notable buildings, concentrating on the great houses of the 17th and 18th centuries but spanning almost a thousand years, from the Norman ruins of Corfe Castle to Coleton Fishacre, built in the 1920s. Each entry comprises an overview of the building’s history, setting and architecture and is illustrated with full-colour photographs showing interior and exterior views. Off-mint.
The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook
This comprehensive introduction to slow cooking comprises more than 200 easy-to-prepare recipes from around the world – including soups, stews, pot roasts, risottos, cakes and desserts – plus clear guidance on how to choose and care for your slow cooker, adapt and scale recipes to suit different requirements, and common troubleshooting issues.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964, the Forest of Bowland lies to the south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park but its different geology makes it a notably distinct environment. This portfolio is a photographer’s portrait of the area, ranging from moorland views and studies of the flora and fauna to picturesque buildings and life in villages such as Slaidburn and Newton-in-Bowland.
Churnet Valley Iron
The Mills & The Mines
Herbert Chester first published this history of iron-working as The Iron Valley in 1979. Since then, Churnet Valley has become popular with walkers and steam train enthusiasts and the book, now re-issued with additional maps and photographs, provides a detailed account of the area’s largely forgotten industrial heritage.
Crosses of the Peak District
The Peak District contains some of the finest examples of carved Saxon crosses and the remains of many plain crosses. This detailed, illustrated survey is arranged in chapters on boundary, wayside, churchyard, market and memorial crosses and the round-shafted Mercian crosses.
Memories of London
and An Excursion to the Poor Districts of London
On his first (and only) visit to London in 1873, Italian author Edmondo De Amicis noted the magnificence of the metropolis and recorded his impressions in the witty observational style that would later become his trademark. His essay is paired with a contrasting contemporaneous account of life in the deprived areas of the city by the French travel writer Louis Laurent Simonin.
Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations
An expert on Britain’s architectural heritage and founder of the Railway Heritage Trust, Simon Jenkins presents an introductory history of the railway station and a personal selection of 100 buildings, chosen for their ‘architectural beauty, eccentricity or setting’. Beginning with the great London termini and ending at Wemyss Bay (‘a coherent work of art’), this richly illustrated volume is an erudite and engrossing survey of stations throughout England, Wales and Scotland, and the architects, engineers and railway companies that built them.
A Year in British Wildlife
A Month by Month Guide to What to See and How to Find It
Mark Ward’s ‘month-by-month guide to what to see and where to find it’ is largely based on the birding calendar, but follows the seasonal migrations of insects and fish as well as birds; the flowering and fruiting of plants, from the arrival of snowdrops in February to lichens and winter fungi in December; and the best times to spot mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The concise guide includes a list of ‘must see’ wildlife for each month and over 230 colour photographs.
As we lose touch with nature, writes Robert Macfarlane, we forget the words that describe it. This book seeks to reclaim that language, using the work of nature writers such as Nan Shepherd, JA Baker and Barry Lopez, alongside resources such as the ‘peat glossary’ compiled by Lewis islanders. Between each chapter is a list of words relating to a particular landscape – uplands, coastlands, woodlands – from all parts of the British Isles.
The Old Ways
A Journey on Foot
Walking a thousand miles or more along tracks and holloways, drove roads and seaways in England, Scotland and abroad, Macfarlane goes in search of ‘the ghosts and voices that haunt ancient paths’, but encounters both past and present in the landscape. A journey of the imagination as well as over land and sea, the book ranges across topics including sailing to the Shiants, the Calzada Romana in Spain and another walker of old roads, the poet Edward Thomas.
In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles
Since his childhood in the Somerset Levels, Jon Dunn has been ‘lost to orchids’; yet as an adult, living on Shetland, he had seen only about two-thirds of Britain’s wild orchid species. Then he conceived the plan of a journey to find all 50 to 60 species during ‘one frantic, glorious, kaleidoscopic flowering season’. This book, the record of that venture, follows an erudite naturalist through one summer, from early purple orchids to the rarest, the ghost orchids of dark woodlands in autumn.
Of England and Scotland
From King Alfred’s defeat of the Danes at Ashdown in 871 to the Duke of Cumberland’s victory at Culloden in 1746, this illustrated guide covers 69 battlefield sites in England and Scotland. John Kinross recounts the events of each battle and provides a plan, photograph and description of what remains today, with the OS map reference and practical information for visitors.