Social & Industrial History
Tom Kipper's Schooldays
Memories of an Irish Childhood in Liverpool
The natural humour and charm of the Irish population of Liverpool contributed greatly to the emergence of the city's idiosyncratic culture and played a part in developing the distinctive Scouse accent. This fictionalized memoir follows the adventures of a small boy growing up in the city's Irish community during the Second World War, getting up to mischief in the streets and learning hard lessons at Saint Joseph's Academy amid a cast of colourful Liverpool characters.
The Local Church and Generational Change in Birmingham
The ongoing debate about secularization and religious change in 20th-century Britain has paid little attention to those who have continued to attend church. Redressing the balance, this study explores church-based Christianity in post-war Birmingham, examining how churchgoers interpreted and responded to changes in family, congregation, neighbourhood and wider society, and looking in particular at the significance of age and generational identity within Christian belief and practice. No jacket.
Coventry's Bicycle Heritage
The bicycle industry in Coventry owed its beginnings to the ingenuity of James Starley (b.1830), a sewing machine engineer, who began manufacturing ‘Ariel’ bicycles in 1871. When Starley’s nephew introduced the 'safety bicycle' in 1885, the market exploded. Illustrated with archive photographs and advertisements, this book provides historical details of the several hundred companies who made cycles in the city, including manufacturers such as Hillman, Riley and Rover that later became world famous car makers.
Water Power and Watermills
An Historical Guide
A mill dating to 150 CE at Ickham in Kent is the earliest evidence of the harnessing of water power in Britain, and the technology was in common use throughout the Middle Ages before providing the power behind the mills, pumps and forges of the early Industrial Revolution. This illustrated history examines the development of water power - from simple water wheels and dams to modern hydroelectric power generation and systems developed to exploit energy from waves and tides.
The migration following Ireland’s potato famine gave Birmingham the fourth highest Irish-born population of any English town by the mid 1800s; today the city hosts one of the biggest St Patrick’s Day parades in the world, attended by around 100,000 people. James Moran examines this important aspect of English-Irish history and explains how events in Birmingham have influenced Irish dramatists, English and Irish writers and Irish political figures from Daniel O’Connell to Padraic Pearse.
A History of Blaming Other People
‘Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, and we’ve been hard at it ever since.’ In the aftermath of disaster, people have always tried to absolve themselves of responsibility by saying it was someone else’s fault. This witty, thought-provoking essay looks at the plight of the unfairly targeted – witches, bankers, neighbours, foreigners, politicians, Muslims, Jews, Christians – and warns that irrational blame-mongering is unabated today.
Vintage People on Photo Postcards
Since photography was invented, weddings have been a favourite subject, their black-and-white ceremonial garb especially suited to the medium. The couples in these touching images, as the curator Giles Waterfield (1949-2016) points out in his introduction, are captured in a moment of happy if nervous anticipation.
Women and Hats
Vintage People on Photo Postcards
Hats, now rare, were ubiquitous in the heyday of the photo postcard. The images in this book reflect changing fashions from wide-brimmed Edwardian headpieces piled with flowers, through the flapper's cloche, to the 1940s pillbox. With an introduction by the milliner Philip Treacy.
Vintage People on Photo Postcards
By 1900 the bicycle had become a popular means of transport, allowing city workers to escape to the countryside. It was on such jaunts that many posed with their trusty steeds for the photographs in this book. With an introduction by the award-winning cycling journalist William Fotheringham.
Vintage People on Photo Postcards
As the novelist David Lodge reminds us in his introduction, the 19th century saw a massive expansion in literacy. The featured sepia photographs capture people from all walks of life reading newspapers, books and Bibles by the fireside, in gardens and on the beach.
Greasepaint and Cordite
The Story of ENSA and Concert Party Entertainment During the Second World War
During the course of the Second World War, the Entertainments National Services Association put on countless productions for the troops across the world, offering everything from music hall turns to Laurence Olivier. The enormous number of shows meant that the talent was spread thinly and performances were often delivered in difficult circumstances and inhospitable climes. Drawing on interviews with surviving ENSA performers, this book tells the colourful story of this most unusual and complex theatrical enterprise.
Tyranny and The Lash
Prisoners and Punishment in British History
Medieval people gave little thought to prisoners or to the conditions in which they were kept, but by Victorian times troubling questions were being asked about the purpose and effectiveness of incarceration. Wade traces the evolving nature, use and management of British prisons over the centuries, asks whether changes in practices such as hard labour and solitary confinement have made the prison system more humane and investigates how social changes led to new definitions of criminality.
A Guide for Family Historians
Over the past 400 years, thousands of people have moved to settle in Britain and thousands more have left to settle overseas. This practical guide shows how to explore records of arrival and departure through the wealth of material at the National Archives and elsewhere. Topics covered include refugees from both world wars, the Huguenots, and migration to North America, the West Indies, Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, India and the Middle East.
A Social and Cultural History
From Liverpool’s rapid development in the 18th and early 19th centuries - long before the first use of the term ‘Scouse’ in its linguistic sense - to the ‘half-secret tongue’ of Liverpool in the 1950s, this study demolishes many myths about the origins and development of Scouse. Crowley draws on sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology to provide a radically new understanding of the language in terms of its history and its social and cultural significance.
Solving Genealogy Problems
How to Break Down 'Brick Walls' and Build Your Family Tree
The genealogical researcher often comes up against difficult areas and dead ends, but this book provides advice, information and extra techniques to take the family tree back past apparently insurmountable difficulties. Drawing on his own long experience of research in the British Isles, Davis suggests new ways of looking at problems, offers advice on finding new and unusual records and gives additional ideas on using the census and census substitutes.
Divorced, Beheaded, Sold
Ending an English Marriage 1500-1847
How could English people end unhappy marriages before divorce was readily available? As the colourful stories in this book reveal, the options ranged from quietly but bigamously remarrying to selling an unwanted wife to the highest bidder at market. The author also examines a 1594 case in which neighbours helped a woman retrieve property from her husband, and occasions when wives successfully sued for legal separation. The appendix focuses on Henry VIII's marital arrangements.
Memories of Britain Past
The Illustrated Story of How We Lived, Worked and Played
Drawing on the wonderful Getty photographic archive, this book is full of memorable images of a bygone era. It focuses on times within living memory, from the early 1930s to the end of the 1970s, during which the country underwent profound changes. Covering key aspects of the way we used to live, from home life, childhood and schooling through to the working world and popular entertainments, social historian Juliet Gardiner looks back on a largely vanished Britain.
The Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism
Telling the story of how 'the mountains and peat mosses of Scotland became a laboratory for the Enlightenment', Jonsson describes the alliance of paternalistic landowners and natural scientists who began to 'improve' the Highlands for Gaelic farmers from around 1750. He goes on to show how the experience of improvement gave rise to anxiety and pessimism about overpopulation, environmental degradation and the natural limits of resources, anticipating the concerns of modern environmentalism.
Take a Cold Tub, Sir!
The Story of the Boy's Own Paper
The Boy's Own Paper was first issued in January 1879, a reputable, informative and entertaining publication to counteract the lurid 'penny dreadfuls' of the day. Publication continued until 1966, and its last Editor is the author of this history. In a narrative full of illustrations from almost 100 years of issues, he traces its evolution from the bracing advice-giver of the Victorian era to the promoter of practical and technical know-how in its final decades. Bears old cover price.
A Lark for the Sake of Their Country
The 1926 General Strike Volunteers in Folklore and Memory
During the 1926 General Strike, many upper- and middle-class young people volunteered to drive buses, trucks and trains. Drawing on interviews conducted with almost 100 survivors during the 1980s, this first book to focus specifically on their experiences uses folklore, anthropology and social history to reveal how their behaviour was rooted in the fancy-dress parties and treasure hunts of universities and country houses, and how memories of the strike have continued to shape British identity.
of the Second World War
This poignant oral history presents the Second World War through the memories of those who as children lived through the Blitz, or were parted from their families and evacuated to every corner of the UK. More than 50 first-hand accounts shed light on the dangers faced, the hardships and the wildly different experiences of evacuees, the new understanding forged between urban and rural Britons, and the lifelong friendships created during this time of great upheaval.
London and the Making of the Permissive Society
Did sex really begin, as Philip Larkin wrote, in 1963? This groundbreaking cultural history challenges the orthodox view and uncovers the first stirrings of the sexual revolution amid the austerity of fifties London. Conducting the reader on a peephole tour from Whitehall to the fleshpots of Soho, it shows how a series of scandals involving murder, espionage, prostitution, blackmail and homosexuality reshaped public and private behaviour, and captures a key moment in the making of modern Britain.
Passage to the World
The Emigrant Experience 1807-1940
From the early 19th century, millions of people crossed the seas to escape war, famine or poverty, or were taken against their will as slaves, convicts or indentured labourers. Drawing on original sources and first-hand accounts, this book examines the transition from one life to another: the decision to emigrate, the journey to the port, the perils of the voyage, and the emigrants' reception in the Americas or Australasia.
A 1950s Holiday in Bognor Regis
Tubby Isaacs’s jellied-eels stand in the coach park, shrimping, Punch and Judy on the beach, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Roof Garden Theatre, the Aldwick Hundred Motor Cycle Club ... Drawing on the memories and snapshots of visitors and residents of Bognor, this book looks back to the 1950s and describes the holidays, including getting there, accommodation and entertainments, in Britain’s sunniest southern seaside resort.
Books 3 and 4 (The Certainties of Place and A Thicker Cut), here bound in a single volume, continue Kynaston's extraordinarily evocative narrative, from an ailing King George VI opening the Festival of Britain and the Conservative victory that made Churchill once more Prime Minister, to the Suez crisis, Soviet action in Hungary and bus fares raised in Lowestoft to offset petrol rises. Off-mint.
The New Arrival
The Heartwarming True Story of a 1970s Trainee Nurse
When 17-year-old trainee nurse Sarah Hill arrived at Hackney General Hospital in 1969, she had no idea what she was letting herself in for. In this warm, funny and moving memoir, she recalls the slum conditions that sent mothers and babies into hospital time and time again, local villains doing business over bedside card games, eating by candlelight during the three-day week, and the colourful characters who were her patients.
Women's Factory Work in World War One
The appointment of two influential women from the Women's Factory Inspectorate to the Women's War Work Subcommittee during the First World War led to a commission to create a photographic documentary archive of women working in factories across Britain. GR Griffiths examines that project and presents a selection from the thousands of images that covered 19 industries and recorded the working conditions of the women and the industrial processes in which they were engaged in .
The Last Foundling
Tom H Mackenzie was one of the last children to be taken into the Foundling Hospital at its Berkhamsted site. Here, he tells the story of his mother, a desperate young woman who had no choice but to give up her illegitimate baby son; and the story of his own life, from a childhood spent in the harsh discipline of the institution, up to 1959 when, aged 20, he met his mother for the first time.
The Story of a Guinness House
Hidden amid a 5,000-acre estate in a secluded Irish valley is the exquisite 18th-century house Luggala. In 1937 Ernest Guinness presented it to his daughter Oonagh, who made it a vibrant meeting place for artists and writers - a tradition her son Garech Browne, the founder of Claddagh Records, has continued. The book is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs of the house, its breath-taking setting and its famous guests, from Brendan Behan and Seamus Heaney to Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull and Michael Jackson.
After a brief history of Portobello Market, from the capture of Porto Bello during the War of Jenkins' Ear to the problems facing market traders today, Blanche Girouard presents informal interviews with more than 30 local residents, costermongers and stall-holders selling vintage clothing and antiques. The traders' stories - and the interruptions to serve customers - are full of humour and anecdote that convey the lively traditions of London's last antique street market.
The Rise and Fall of a British Grocery Giant
Though few remember its name today, Sanders Bros was a retail giant once as familiar as Tesco is today. Established in 1887, the flour, biscuit and grocery chain had 154 shops in London and its suburbs, and a market value higher than Marks & Spencer's by the 1920s. This absorbing history charts the company's remarkable growth, its inter-war heyday, and its sudden demise at the hands of a shadowy cartel of investors.
Sugar in the Blood
A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
The descendant of both European planters and African slaves, Andrea Stuart brings to life the contrasting experiences of both sides of her family as she traces its history since George Ashby's journey to Barbados in the late 1630s. Her story reflects the region's social history - families which mostly started out as ethnically white and became, over time, predominantly black - but also demonstrates the inequality in a society where white families' histories are recorded, and slaves 'leave only very faint footsteps'.
Our Finest Hours: 1939-1953
This evocative collection features 80 photographs of Britain taken between the invasion of Poland and the Queen's coronation, an event described as 'the real end of the war' because of the change in the national mood after the enduring social impact of the conflict. Female factory workers, Blitz-battered buildings, evacuees, ration queues, ENSA performances, VE Day, jitterbugging, the Festival of Britain and the creation of the NHS all feature in this portrait of a country under pressure.
The Servants' Story
Managing a Great Country House
This recreation of what it was like to live and work as a servant in a grand household during the mid-19th century is based on the Sutherland Collection, the papers of the Leveson-Gowers family, once the largest private landlords in the United Kingdom. While Trentham, their house in Staffordshire, stands in ruins, the family archive is extraordinarily intact, affording a detailed picture of the social structure, administration and working conditions within the highly complex community of Trentham.
Necropolis City of The Dead
Undercliffe Victorian Cemetery
A ‘vast, sprawling and unique landmark that is Bradford’s very own Grade II listed Victorian necropolis’, the Undercliffe Cemetery is the city’s history written in stone monuments. Mark Davis presents a photographic essay with informative notes on the burial ground - the final resting place of the city’s 19th century industrialists in their elaborate tombs, but also the victims of industrial accidents in unmarked graves, a multitude of babies, and the Nonconformists confined to the unconsecrated eastern sections of the cemetery.
How to Cure the Plague and Other Curious Remedies
Can you reduce flatulence by avoiding drinks containing 'elastic air', suppress toothache by carrying a dead man's tooth or relieve headaches by pouring molten lead into a dish of water on your head? In this compilation of tips found in medical texts from the Middle Ages onwards, Julian Walker contrasts dubious remedies founded on guesswork and superstition with those using sounder science that have been developed into effective modern medicines.
The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle Against Filth
In the summer of 1880 a disgusting stench afflicted the city of Paris, provoking a popular outcry and a minor political crisis. There was a widespread belief - among experts and ordinary folk - that the foul odour would cause disease; yet in 1895, when another great stink arose, Parisians were offended, but not unduly worried about disease. This study explores that shift opinion and tells the story of how public health knowledge and practice changed over those 15 years.
Nations are often regarded as fixed, natural entities, but most nation states have been consciously created in recent centuries, and France is no exception. Divided into three sections covering French history, experience and identity, this study examines the way that revolution, social conflict, war, occupation and resistance, colonialism and decolonization, religion, gender and popular culture have all shaped the evolution and reinvention of France to create the country we know today.
Raising the Dead
The Men Who Created Frankenstein
In 1818 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein horrified readers with the concept of using science to reanimate the dead; yet the idea was almost as old as science itself. This book charts the history of such experiments, from the ancients, through Luigi Galvani's electrification of frogs' legs to the macabre case of the 'Glasgow Frankenstein', in which the brilliant but eccentric scientist Andrew Ure attempted to bring an executed murderer back to life in 1818.
We'll Meet Again
Britain at War
With advances in camera technology, photojournalists were able to record everyday life during the Second World War with much more flexibility than ever before and the home front provided them with unforgettable visual material. From bomb destruction and ration queues to evacuees and women working in heavy industry, this collection of 350 photographs from the Daily Mail archive contains many arresting images and portrays a remarkable sense of cheerfulness in the face of adversity.
A Series of Original Portraits and Character Etchings
Previously a surgeon-barber, John Kay (1742-1826) set up shop as a portrait etcher in Edinburgh in 1785. Published in 1837-8 and commonly called Edinburgh Portraits, this work presents, in no particular order, around 300 of Kay's etchings of people from all walks of Edinburgh life, with 'biographical' sketches and 'illustrative anecdotes' by James Paterson. These volumes are facsimiles of the first edition. Limited edition of 600. Slipcased.
Wartime Nursery Rhymes
'Old Kaiser William / Marched into Belgium, / That's how the War began; / He thought he'd cross over / From Ostend to Dover, / Just fancy the cheek of the man!' This book is a new edition of a collection of nursery rhymes first published in 1918 that was designed to make Britain's children aware of the war and shape their thinking appropriately.
Our Land at War
A Portrait of Rural Britain 1939-45
Duff Hart-Davis examines how, in farms and villages, forestry land and country estates, the 'old ways' of Britain's countryside were challenged by the demands of war. As well as the profound impact of the need to grow more food and the loss of workforce as young men enlisted, the book examines the effects of the new role of women, the Land Girls and Lumber Jills, the requisition of land and houses, and the arrival of evacuees, Americans and prisoners of war.
Nella Last in the 1950s
Further Diaries of Housewife, 49
For more than a quarter of a century Barrow-in-Furness housewife Nella Last worked on an extraordinary 10-million-word diary as part of the Mass Observation Project. Her account of the war years inspired the TV film Housewife, 49; now a third volume of selections covers the period 1950-52, when she feared nuclear war, tracked the progress of the 1951 election campaign and reflected on changes in society that would shape our modern world.
The Mistresses of Cliveden
From its dawn in the 1660s to its twilight in the 1960s, Cliveden was an emblem of elite misbehaviour and intrigue. Created by the Duke of Buckingham as a retreat for his affair with the Countess of Shrewsbury, the house was later the backdrop of the Profumo scandal. By turns historical epic, political thriller and family drama, this book recounts its 300-year history, and the lives of the women who made and broke governments from within its walls. Silk marker.
The Wartime Garden
'Dig for Victory' was one of the most successful campaigns of the Second World War, turning parks into allotments and encouraging people on the home front to dig up the lawn and grow their own dinner. Illustrated with contemporary photographs and advertisements, this book looks at how the nation went about gardening in wartime and surveys other self-sufficiency measures such as keeping livestock and growing morale-boosting flowers.
Sir Watkin's Tours
Excursions to France, Italy and North Wales, 1768-71
Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1749-89) is a shadowy figure often relegated to the footnotes, but as a patron of artists, architects, musicians and landscape gardeners, his influence on 18th century taste was significant. Within a biographical overview, this revealing study focuses on his grand tour of France and Italy and his own landholdings in North Wales. Illustrated with 49 colour plates, it records how this flamboyant Welsh connoisseur almost bankrupted himself in the pursuit of elegance.