The Middle and Lower Thames
From Sonning to Teddington
This pictorial history of the Thames from Reading to Teddington comprises a series of prints, photographs and postcards, from the 18th to the 20th century, depicting riverside scenes of bridges, locks, boats and leisure activities at locations such as Henley.
A History of Huntingdonshire
The Darwen County History Series
Despite disappearing from official maps in the 1974 reorganization, the distinct identity of Huntingdonshire is still upheld by locals. Once one of England's smallest counties, the area is associated with notable historical figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys.
Wool and War in Wiltshire
Situated in the lush Wylie Valley, Codford is the site of a very ancient settlement; it has a prehistoric monument (an early Iron Age hillstop enclosure); it stood on an important royal route in medieval times; and in the 20th century, the wartime army camps on Salisbury Plain had a great impact on the parish. This illustrated local history, part of the England’s Past for Everyone series, tells Codford’s story from its origins to the present day.
The town of Wickford is situated in a meander of the River Crouch, just north of Basildon in south Essex. Its name is Saxon in origin and means 'a sheep farm on a river crossing'. This detailed history traces Wickford's fortunes from its humble beginnings as a tiny hamlet beset by regular flooding and poverty, to the bustling commuter town of today.
Town, Trade and River
Set between the tree-covered Chiltern slopes on a bend in the River Thames, Henley is famed for its handsome timber-and-brick buildings, its elegant 18th century bridge and its regatta. This illustrated account traces its history from its creation as a planned medieval market town, through development as a coaching hub to its present role as a tourist and commuter centre. Drawing on extensive research, Townley's book reveals the forces that have shaped Henley's appealing townscape.
Although often thought of as one large and featureless suburb, Middlesex has a history of great interest, crowded with important events and famous characters, from Julius Caesar at Brentford to Winston Churchill at Harrow. First published in 1953, this book was the most comprehensive history of the county ever attempted in a single volume. Part 1, the history, ends with a section of 74 illustrations; while Part 2 is a gazetteer of places in Middlesex, arranged alphabetically.
Today Aylesbury has expanded beyond the limits of its ancient parish and is home to a variety of service and light engineering industries. This very readable and well-illustrated account goes back to prehistoric times, describing recent archaeological evidence for ancient settlements on the site before tracing the town's history since the royal manors of Aylesbury and Walton in early medieval times.
A History of Woking
Woking owes its modern origins to a cemetery company which exploited the potential of cheap land within easy reach of London to promote speculative buildings around a railway station in the midst of an empty heath. The town's eccentric development continued with the building of two prisons, a huge lunatic asylum, Britain's first crematorium, a retirement home for actors and actresses, a mosque and an Oriental institute. Crosby explains all in this second edition of his illustrated town history.
Ethinic Minorities and the City 1000–2001
Over the past thousand years, Bristol, as one of England’s most important ports, has been a magnet for migrants, from medieval Jews to 21st-century asylum seekers. This pioneering study examines in depth the activities of the various ethnic groups who have settled in the city. Investigating how they survived economically, how they dealt with social dislocation and discrimination, and how they constructed identities for their communities, it offers insights into the wider history of the city and the nation.
The Children's Front
The Impact of the Second World War on British Children
For anyone who lived through the Second World War as a child, it was a strange, exciting, often terrifying, never-to-be-forgotten time. This book combines the memories of wartime children from all backgrounds and different parts of Britain with historical research to examine the factors influencing their development. Illustrated with photographs throughout, it vividly evokes the experience of bombing, gas masks, air-raid shelters, evacuation, fathers away on active service, and the eventual exuberance and relief of victory.
The Remarkable Story of The Public Benefit Boot Company
Throughout much of the 20th century, Benefit Footwear was a nationwide brand with retail stores, repair shops and factories stretching from Newcastle to Cornwall. Illustrated with period advertisements and archive photographs of Benefit shops and factories, this history traces the company's rise, from a single shop opened in Hull in 1875, and its ultimate fall as it was absorbed into the British Shoe Corporation in the 1960s and the name disappeared from British high streets.