Echoes of the Goddess
A Quest for the Sacred Feminine in the British Landscape
In search of the goddesses of pre-Christian Britain, the authors explore prehistoric sites throughout Europe before examining evidence of British goddess worship ranging from cairns and standing stones to medieval labyrinths.
A History of British Paddle Steamers
If the railway created the Victorian seaside resorts by bringing visitors from the cities, the paddle steamer entertained them when they got there, providing pleasure trips for tourists as well as comfortable and affordable travel on coastal routes. With many photographs, posters and other illustrative material, this history of paddle-propelled steamers in British waters explores their development and impact during the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as their role in the wars and later decline.
AEC Regent V
London Transport had been the main customer for the AEC Regent III bus, but its successor the Regent V, which first entered service in 1954, found its customers outside London in most regions of the UK and abroad, notably in Portugal and Iran. This analysis of the model includes over 150 images, mostly in colour, of the Regent V in different bodywork variants and operator liveries from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Certain to start lively debates among enthusiasts and road transport professionals, this book looks at some of the stranger decisions and miscalculations that have affected the bus industry over recent years. Among the issues discussed, with illustrations of the vehicles involved, are the short-lived British Coachways consortium and the AMOS scheme that would have flooded London with minibuses, and among the bus models that went wrong are the Daimler Roadliner and Guy Wulfrunian.
The Great Western Railway Between the Wars
Chaos in the aftermath of the First World War followed by economic unrest and the General Strike made the 1920s a difficult time for the Great Western Railway; but in the following decade its publicity and advertising department created an identity for the company that still resonates today. This well-illustrated history details the challenges that faced the GWR between the wars and relates how it set about restoring the position of pre-eminence that it held in 1914.
Aspects of Modelling: Lineside Buildings
In this well-illustrated, practical guide Nigel Digby gives the background history to railway buildings and their various functions and the typical civil engineering structures to be found on British railways. He also discusses the development of a model, including research, measurement and scale drawing, and provides some case studies, with examples of model construction mostly from his own speciality, the Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway.
Railways of Britain: Norfolk and Suffolk
Without the heavy industry that provided the impetus for new lines elsewhere in the country, railways came late to East Anglia, the Eastern Counties Railway finally reaching into Norfolk and Suffolk in the early 1840s. Norwich and Ipswich and the ports of Felixstowe and Great Yarmouth are the focal points of the network but most of the branch lines had been closed by the 1960s.
Crime in Wartime London
At a time when most Londoners were pulling together in the face of terrible adversity, a criminal minority was taking advantage of blitz and blackout to rob and murder. Here, the renowned crime writer Simon Read paints a vivid picture of what life was like in 1940s London as he describes the crimes of the most notorious killers, among them the 'Blackout Ripper', the Elephant Boys, John 'Acid Bath' Haigh and the infamous Rillington Place murderer, John Christie.
Glory Days: Swan Hunter
Responsible for some of the most famous ships ever built, among them the Blue Riband holder, Mauretania, and the aircraft carrier, Ark Royal, the Tyne shipbuilder Swan Hunter was at the height of its powers in the first half of the 20th century but by 1994 had completed the last vessel to be built at its Wallsend yard. This history and celebration of the company includes over 150 archive photographs and illustrations.
A Journey Around the Coastal Islands of England and Wales
Britain is an island nation in more senses than one: an island itself, it has hundreds of smaller islets and archipelagos off its shores. This exhilarating book takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the English and Welsh coasts, describing the geography, history and unique character of each island as it travels south from the Bristol Channel, via Cornwall's magical St Michael's Mount, then northeast to Lindisfarne, returning via the spectacular coast of Wales. Off-mint.
Seaspray and Whisky
Tale of a Turbulent Voyage
Described by the Marconi company staff clerk as 'Not a Cunarder', the Allenwell turned out to be a dirty, down-at-heel cargo ship with crew to match, and Norman Freeman had signed up as radio officer for a three-month trip from Liverpool to the USA. Some of the cargo – Scotch whisky – didn't make it that far. Freeman's memoir of this 1961/62 trip is an entertaining and sometimes poignant account of 'a very odd ship and an unusual voyage'.