Although less popular than the Lake District or the Scottish Highlands as a subject for the Romantics, Dartmoor was visited by notable British painters, including JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin, paving the way for national and local artists to respond to one of Britain's greatest beauty spots. This survey of Dartmoor art includes examples of the work and brief biographies of painters, illustrators and photographers, from the pioneers of the 18th century to the artists of today.
Essex from the Air
These aerial views reveal interesting new perspectives on familiar Essex locations and sometimes uncover beautiful patterns - either natural or man-made - that are invisible on the ground. The photographs explore the principal towns of the county, including Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend, Harlow and Basildon, as well as the varied landscapes of the more rural areas, and the industry and ports of the Thames Estuary, which make spectacular subjects when viewed from above.
Portrait of the Eden Valley
The River Eden starts among the fells of the Cumbrian Pennines, and travels northwards to meet the sea at the Solway Firth. On its journey it passes through stunning scenery, including peaks, moorland, wooded gorges and rolling farmland. This beautiful collection of over 140 photographs celebrates the diversity of the Eden's landscape - its characterful market towns, priories and castles, rare wildlife such as otter, red squirrel and black grouse, and ancient standing stones.
Surrey from the Air
One of the Saxon shires, Surrey has a long and eventful history. But as well as its wealth of historical sites, including Runymede and Hampton Court Palace, Jason Hawkes's aerial photographs reveal modern buildings such as the McLaren Technology centre; Thorpe Park, the famous RHS gardens at Wisley, the Thames riverside and a great variety of lush landscapes and bustling modern towns.
The Making of Wakefield 1801-1900
The 19th century brought prosperity to Wakefield, so that by 1900 the city had become both the centre of a new diocese and the seat of the West Riding County Council, with fine public amenities benefiting from mains water and electricity. Making use of contemporary documents and photographs, Taylor surveys this century of civic development and the growth of Wakefield's places of worship, schools and entertainment venues.
The Cumbria Way
Planned by the Ramblers' Association to take walkers through the most spectacular landscapes in the county, the Cumbria Way meanders some 70 miles from Ulverston to Carlisle in the north. Jason Friend, an award-winning photographer, has walked the route several times and in different seasons. This book of 83 photographs, with accompanying commentary and maps, follows the trail northward, passing though Coniston, Dungeon Ghyll, Keswick and Caldbeck to Carlisle Castle. The book concludes with photographers' notes on each image.
I Never Knew That About the English
In which English county are the world's oldest film studios? Where was the only English pope born? In this county-by-county tour, 'trivia collector' Christopher Winn introduces places and traditions which illustrate different aspects of the country's history and character. He also discusses our best-known historical figures, such as Charles Darwin and William Hogarth, alongside a range of less familiar local heroes.
In this book from the Through Time series around 180 pictures trace some of the many ways in which Abergavenny has changed over the last century. Period paintings or sepia-tinted 'then' photographs are presented alongside 'now' colour photos of the same locations, with notes on the transformations - or continuities.
A Spotter's Guide
Everyone is familiar with the great lions that sit atop plinths in Trafalgar Square but hidden among the architecture, statuary and graffiti of London is a menagerie of other creatures with interesting stories to tell. With photographs, historical notes and location maps, this book provides an alternative guide to London, drawing the eye to rooftops and architectural details to find dragons, camels, fish, insects and all manner of other creatures.
North Oxfordshire Cotswolds
In this book from the Through Time series, around 180 pictures trace some of the many ways in which Cotswolds towns and villages - among them, Adderbury, Banbury, Bloxham, Chipping Norton, Deddington, Hook Norton and Wroxton - have changed over the last century. Period paintings or sepia-tinted 'then' photographs are presented alongside 'now' colour photos of the same locations, with notes on the transformations - or continuities.
In this book from the Through Time series, around 180 pictures trace some of the many ways in which Oxfordshire and its larger towns have changed over the last century. Period paintings or sepia-tinted 'then' photographs are presented alongside 'now' colour photos of the same locations, with notes on the transformations - or continuities.
A Sightseer's Guide to the Capital of Crime
From Newgate Prison to the West London flat where Lord Lucan murdered his nanny, this illustrated gazetteer lists the locations around the capital that have played host to notorious crimes such as the Christie and Crippen murders, arch villains such as the Richardsons or famous London crime-fighters. The book also includes comprehensive guided walks visiting sites associated with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and the Krays.
A London Year
365 Days of City Life in Diaries, Journals and Letters
An anthology of 'intimate snatches of London life', with one or more entries for each day of the year, this handsome volume begins with a hungover Robert Hooke on 1 January 1672; in June we find Noel Coward detesting the 1951 Festival of Britain funfair ('really the last word in squalor and completely ungay'); and, finally, there is a millennial disappointment - MP Oona King on New Year's Eve 1999, stuck at Stratford Tube station en route to the Millennium Dome festivities.
In this book from the Through Time series around 180 pictures trace some of the many ways in which the rural towns and villages of Bedfordshire have changed over the last century. Period paintings or sepia-tinted 'then' photographs are presented alongside 'now' colour photos of the same locations, with notes on the transformations - or continuities. With an Introduction by local archivist Nigel Lutt.
Compact, sturdy and colourful, this InGuide offers a richly illustrated survey of the sights of London, a selection of its shops, restaurants and hotels, details of cultural events, introductions to major museums, and guided walks exploring the city's most interesting places. The book includes a pull-out map and pages for personal notes and is bound in a mock leather, with a silk marker and elastic closure.
150 Years of Britain in Pictures
Drawn from the Press Association's photographic archive of over 15 million images dating back to the early days of photography, this fascinating collection presents over 600 pages of photographs that give the British perspective on national and international events between 1860 and 2010. Among these remarkable pictures are portraits of politicians and great sporting personalities and coverage of war, from the soldiers who made the heroic last stand at Rorke's Drift in 1879 to Prince Harry in Afghanistan in 2008. Off-mint.
Shakespeare Country: Warwickshire
Halsgrove Discover Series
Millions of visitors flock to Stratford-upon-Avon in search of Shakespeare, but it was in the great medieval forest to the north, in Warwickshire, that the playwright's family originated. With Robin Jones's informative text and more than 200 colour photographs, this book looks at the heart of Shakespeare's Warwickshire - its towns and villages, rivers and woodland, Warwick and Kenilworth castles - and the places where the Shakespeare family lived for 300 years.
Cornwall Murder Files
Famous Cases Solved and Unsolved
A murder case usually excites public interest and when the crime takes place in a small community it is perhaps even more of a sensation. This true crime selection recounts a number of interesting murders committed in Cornwall during the later 20th and early 21st centuries and includes some intriguing unsolved killings such as that of millionaire farmer Les Bate in 2002.
The Lake District
Walks from Skiddaw to Scafell (Halsgrove Discover Series)
Drawing on his four decades of walking and rock climbing in the Lake District, Jerry Rawson presents a guide to 21 walks that explore the valleys, summits, tarns and lakes of the Northern, North Western, Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Fells. Illustrated with maps and photographs, and graded for difficulty, the walks also reveal different facets of the Fells, including geology, people, history and the working landscape.
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.
Somerset Coast from the Air
The coastline of Somerset runs from the heavily industrialized port of Avonmouth, along the Bristol Channel overlooking South Wales to the wild high landscape at the edge of Exmoor. This collection of aerial photographs mixes fascinating birds-eye views of Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea with majestic landscapes and almost abstract studies of beaches, rocks, fields, holiday camps and docks.
The Yorkshire Dales
Walks from the Howgills to Nidderdale
Part of the Halgrove Discover series, this book is a journey of discovery through the Yorkshire Dales, one of the most popular walking areas in the country. The 21 walks described in the book are of varying lengths and difficulties, each one carefully chosen to provide a constant variety of interest. The walks are accompanied by a general introduction, a short background history of the region and over 200 colour photographs by Jerry Rawson.
Johnson's Life of London
The People Who Made The City That Made The World
The story of London and its ingenious, original and larger-than-life residents is told here by its flamboyant ex-mayor. Both deeply knowledgeable and hugely entertaining, Boris Johnson narrates the capital's history as a kind of relay race. Beginning with the Romans, he passes the torch on down through the famous and infamous, the brilliant and the bizarre, from Hadrian to Keith Richards, with asides on diverse topics including the flush toilet, the Bow Street Runners and Routemaster buses. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.