The Birds of Shetland
The most northerly island group in Britain, Shetland is famous for its globally significant populations of breeding seabirds, including such rarities as red-necked phalarope, great snipe and lanceolated warbler. This authoritative, comprehensive guide provides an overview of the climate and ecology of the archipelago, followed by a survey of every species recorded there. With 40 pages of colour photographs and many line drawings throughout the text, it is an essential handbook for any ornithologist with an interest in the islands.
Britain's Best Walks
200 Classic Walks from The Times
Veteran ramblers and novice walkers alike have delighted in Christopher Somerville’s 'A Good Walk' column in The Times. This book presents 200 of the best, ranging across the UK from Glen Nevis to Romney Marsh, and from the Breidden Hills of Powys to the Mourne Mountains of County Down. Each walk is described in detail, with length and level of difficulty, directions to the starting point, advice on where to eat and stay, colour photographs and maps.
The Making of the British Landscape
From the Ice Age to the Present
How much do we really know about the place we call home? This sweeping narrative tells how the British landscape has evolved over 12,000 years of human habitation. Epic in scope, it charts the age-old relationship between people and place and the deep-rooted tensions between town and country. From henge to high-rise, from Snowdonia to suburbia, it explores the way we have shaped the land and it has shaped us, and assesses the prospect of a sustainable future.
The Swordfish and the Star
Life on Cornwall's Most Treacherous Stretch of Coast
Cornish waters are some of the richest fishing grounds in Britain, but they are dangerous and the fishermen who work them a hardy breed. Beyond the tourist shops and second homes of the Penwith Peninsula, this book discovers an ancient community, deeply connected to the sea, and paints a picture of their lives through the authentic voices of local characters in places such as Mousehole, St Just and St Ives – and the Swordfish and Star pubs of Newlyn's quay.
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.
A Year in the Life of the Bowland Fells
Once the hunting reserve of princes, today the Forest of Bowland is both a recreational haven for the public and a biodiverse region of international importance. As well as the landscape of sweeping fells, Stansfield records the region's rarity - the green hairstreak butterfly - and its wonderful bird life, including the Whitendale eagle owls.
A Journey Round Britain by Postcode
Although assigned to major towns by the 1930s, postcodes were not in general use until towards the end of the 20th century. This humorous diary of a tour of Britain visits all 124 modern UK postcodes, making anecdotal observations about each area and identifying historical, geographical or cultural trivia, such as the fact that Strontian in PH (Perth) is the only place in Britain to have a chemical element named after it.
The Wonder and Beauty of Westonbirt
Planting at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, began in the 1850s and the site is now home to thousands of native and exotic trees and shrubs. Through over 500 images, this photographic portfolio reveals the natural beauty of the gardens and parkland throughout the seasons.
The Peak District
A Panorama of People and Places in England's Wild Heartland
This collection of historic photographs includes views of Matlock, Buxton, Bakewell, Castleton and Ashbourne, mostly taken in the early 20th century, as well as community activities in the towns and the wider Peaks landscape beyond.
Arranged by region from North West to South West, this selection of over 1,300 photographs from the Historic England collection presents a visual narrative of the built environment and people's lives within it, from the age of horse-drawn trams to that of trolley buses. Introduced and captioned by Philip Davies, the images show a vast range of English life in town and country – from the commercial grandeur of Liverpool's 'Three Graces' to a blacksmith at work in a Cornish village.
The People's Park
Land owned by the Convent of Westminster was appropriated by Henry VIII for use as a hunting ground in 1536; a century later the public were permitted entry to what became the capital's principal leisure park. This illustrated account explores its development up to the present day and reviews the most significant events in its history, such as the digging of the Serpentine in 1730 and the building of the Crystal Palace to host the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Glory and Honour
The Renaissance in Scotland
Often obscured by the powerful forces of the Reformation in Scotland, the Scottish version of Renaissance culture was a hybrid, arriving from Italy via intermediaries and blending with the medieval International Gothic culture. The first book to provide a fully illustrated survey of the unique and little-known heritage of the Renaissance in Scotland, Thomas's study examines the buildings, books and artefacts of the period to reveal a vibrant, confident and cosmopolitan culture in the two centuries between 1424 and 1626.
An Island Journey
A writer and activist involved in issues including land reform, globalization and non-violence, Alastair McIntosh returned to the islands of the Outer Hebrides – Harris and his native Lewis – on a twelve-day, 60-mile journey of pilgrimage in 2009. This book is an account of the rigours of his journey; the people, landscape and ancient relics he encountered; stories from the islands’ history and lore; and thoughts of his own past and present.
On Foot Through Clydesdale
Despite its long industrial history, Clydesdale has areas of extraordinary natural beauty, including the spectacular Falls of Clyde. First published in 1932, this classic walking guide provides an introduction to the region's folklore, culture, traditions and landscape, and charts its colourful history from the Romans through William Wallace and the Covenanters to the Industrial Revolution. Charmingly illustrated with line drawings, it guides the visitor through Lanarkshire's idyllic countryside to its ancient villages, churches and castles.
The Lure of the Highlands and Islands
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are a magnet for tourists from all over the world, but just a few centuries ago they were seen as a wild, dangerous place peopled by fierce and warlike inhabitants. Illustrated with historic prints, posters and photographs, this absorbing book investigates the ways in which Walter Scott and Queen Victoria popularized the Highlands, and how the railways made them accessible even to tourists of modest means.
The Summer Voyage from East to West Scotland of the Anassa
In the late 1990s, Mairi Hedderwick embarked on a six-week voyage through the Caledonian Canal to the western fjords, aboard the antique yacht Anassa. Filled with frank and fresh observations on everything from the history of landscape painting in Scotland to the shipping forecast and fish farming, and illustrated with her own drawings and watercolours, this is an enthralling account of another remarkable journey. New edition.
The Dales of Yorkshire
Richard Muir's portrait of the Yorkshire Dales is much more than a pleasant wander across North Yorkshire's hills and valleys. It offers lucid accounts of how these much-loved landscapes were created over millions of years, how the market towns, villages and hamlets originated, the history of the churches and monasteries and the meaning of place names. He introduces Dales people from Roman times to the present and explains how their work – in agriculture, mining or manufacturing – has made its mark on the landscape and he looks at the wildlife past and present of the Dales' woods, meadows and moorlands.
Nichols' Lost Leicestershire
Published in 1815, John Nichols's The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicestershire was a monumental, eight-volume labour of love that took a quarter of a century to compile and featured thousands of engravings of churches, abbeys, houses and castles. Pairing modern colour photographs of surviving buildings with Nichols's engravings, this book charts the scale of his achievement and how the county has changed.
A Journey Round Britain From Dusk to Dawn
In this collection of nocturnal rambles, travel writer Dixe Wills explores Britain’s dark side, from Dartmoor, where the Devil is said to ride out at midnight, to seabird-haunted Skomer Island. Wills witnesses the stars in all their glory at the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in Scotland, takes an overnight sleeper train, cycles from London to Suffolk by night and tramps the streets of the capital in the footsteps of the insomniac Charles Dickens.
Parish Church Treasures
The Nation's Greatest Art Collection
John Goodall traces a history of the British parish church and its cultural riches through 178 works of art and architecture, from runic inscriptions in the graveyard of St Cuthbert's, Bewcastle, to the war memorial, finished in 1934, in the former priory church in Wymondham. Goodall and Country Life photographer Paul Barker describe and picture an astonishing range of carvings and sculpture, paintings, decorated roofs, stained glass and spires, as well as oddities such as the golden dragon atop St Mary-le-Bow in London.
Memories of the Yorkshire Fishing Industry
In this series, local historians draw on the memories of ex-fishermen and women and use archive photographs to give detailed, illustrated accounts of what life and work was like in regions where, in the past, fishing supported and shaped communities. Slightly off-mint.
Dorset from the Sea
The Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks Photographed from its Best Viewpoint
From Lyme Regis to Old Harry Rocks, the photographer Steve Belasco has cruised the Dorset coastline in small boats in all seasons and all weathers. His offshore photographs afford the best view of the natural Jurassic Coast with its spectacular rock formations and sandstone cliffs such as East Cliff (of Broadchurch fame), rocky bays such as Warbarrow and Brandy Bay; the seafronts of towns such as Weymouth and Swanage; and Chesil Beach. Foreword by Ellen MacArthur.
Portrait of Glamorgan
Ignoring the modern administrative boundaries, this book explores the 'old' county of Glamorgan stretching from the Gower Peninsula in the west to Cardiff in the east and north to the valleys of the Welsh coalfields. In addition to the views of the widely varying landscapes and natural features, this book explores the rich built heritage in churches, castles, towns and villages. Off-mint.
London has a rich tradition of esoteric practices, obscure institutions and forgotten locations. This volume reveals its hidden history, from the Elizabethan necromancer John Dee to Madame Blavatsky, from the occult designs of Wren and Hawksmoor to the notorious Aleister Crowley. The book charts London’s mysterious psychogeography, explores its myths and legends, and provides a gazetteer of its most resonant locations.
London's Strangest Tales: The Thames
Some surprising tales of the Thames are already familiar, such as the frost fairs of the 17th and 18th centuries – one even featured in Doctor Who. This book is a collection of anecdotes and trivia from the river's history, from the horrors of prison ships moored in the estuary to the delights of Handel's Water Music, played to the king on barges in 1717. Portico's Strangest series.
Old England, Scotland & Wales
Drawn from the Francis Frith Collection photographic archive, this volume of over 400 photographs from the period 1865 to 1928 shows urban and rural Britain, people at work and play and tourist attractions such as Stonehenge and Bodiam Castle. The book includes chapters on childhood in Victorian and Edwardian times, the new world of leisure opening up during that period, and the shops and markets in the ‘empire of trade’. Text in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Images of Wales
From a Decade of Change: The 1970s
During the 1970s the coal and steel industries that provided much of the employment in Wales were shrinking, and – despite social progress and increasing prosperity – regeneration and improvement of the built environment was slow to come. This thoughtful and thought-provoking collection of black-and-white photographs includes images from all over Wales, and is notable for a sense of decline and neglect in studies of iconic national subjects such as coal mines, steam railways, seaside resorts, and Nonconformist churches and chapels.
Great War Britain: Guildford
The manufacture of lorries by Dennis Bros. in Guildford proved so important to the war effort that the company became a 'controlled manufacturer' of the Ministry of Munitions, and the young men of its workforce were issued with special badges to ward off criticism for not being in uniform. This local history examines life in the Surrey town during the Great War, and features archive photographs and ephemera from the Guildford Institute.
Plague, Fire, Revolution
Samuel Pepys was born in London in 1633 and died there in 1703, having lived through revolution and Restoration, the Dutch raid, notable scientific advances, plague and fire. All of this he recorded in his diary and letters; a National Maritime Museum exhibition brought it to life in 2015. Presenting 158 objects and paintings, and with essays by contributing scholars, this accompanying volume explores Pepys’s career and varied interests while illuminating aspects of 17th-century London life ranging from surgical procedures to Stuart portraiture.
Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland
An Architectural Guide
Britain’s tiny Jewish community is its longest-established religious minority and, since its re-admission to the country in the 17th century, has created a rich architectural legacy of synagogues and charitable institutions. Illustrated in colour, this book remains the only comprehensive guide to such sites, from the ancient Jew’s House in Lincoln to London’s historic Bevis Marks Synagogue. It includes easy-to-follow heritage trails around former Jewish quarters, with full postcodes for satnav users.
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.
Ben le Vay's Eccentric Britain
A Practical Guide to a Curious Country
Ben le Vay points out that true eccentrics think of themselves as entirely normal, hence the serious competition that takes place in cheese-rolling and wife-carrying, and the extraordinary follies meticulously built for no apparent purpose. This book presents a list of bizarre buildings, baffling customs and daft sports, with a location map and information for places and events that can be visited.
Under the Tump
Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders
Hay-on-Wye is world famous as ‘the town of books’. But when the travel writer Oliver Balch moved there, it was its people he was keen to read. With empathy and humour, he joins in the daily routines of his fellow residents; young farmers, elderly widows, mayors, hippies and publicans. What emerges is a captivating personal picture of country life in the 21st century.
Mapping the City
As home to one of the world's oldest universities, Oxford has been extensively mapped over four and a half centuries. This handsome, lavishly 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.
The English Seaside
Grand hotels and beach huts, piers and Punch and Judy, Second World War coastal defences and sandcastles: Peter Williams's photographs reveal the tremendous diversity and vitality of the English seaside. Arranged as 42 topics, the photographs show the things we associate with traditional holidays beside the sea, such as deckchairs and fish and chip shops, but also focus on new artworks and architecture and the regeneration of our seaside towns.
A Social and Family History
During the night shift at Colne Bridge cotton mill in 1818, a ten-year-old boy carried a lighted candle into the card room, causing a fire that killed 17 workers and influenced a change in the law regulating working hours and child labour. This book collects the stories of similar tragedies in the Yorkshire area, including mining disasters and boat and railway accidents, from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Most Amazing Places of Folklore and Legend in Britain
From the Shetland fire festival of Up Helly Aa to the mermaid of Zennor's tale of love and loss, Britain's folklore is deeply rooted in a bygone age when pastoral demands shaped the year, yet many of these centuries-old celebrations are alive and well today. This illustrated guide describes places and events where such traditions can still be experienced, along with maps, directions and a list of festivals by date, to provide everything you need to plan your folklore journey.
Street Scenes of the Capital 1960–1989
Coming to London in the 1960s to work in advertising, the German-born Robert Hallman brought an outsider's perspective to his hobby of photographing the metropolis over the next three decades. This collection of his images includes period scenes of famous landmarks and British pageantry as well as reportage of London life, such as 1960s shopfronts, punks in the King's Road in the 1970s and street entertainers in Covent Garden in the 1980s.
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.
An important medieval abbey and town, connected by a creek to the Thames, early Barking earned its living primarily from fishing. This history begins with Barking Abbey and follows life in the town as it survived the rise and fall of heavy industry and large-scale housing projects in the first half of the 20th century.
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.
An A–Z of Forgotten Landmarks and Lost Traditions
Britain's history is well documented, but there are nevertheless fascinating events, characters and practices that have been largely overlooked. This book explores lesser-known aspects of our heritage from the pivotal Battle of Assandun to the abandoned Croydon Canal.
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.
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.