Wearmouth and Jarrow Monastic Sites
Founded by Benedict Biscop in the late seventh century, the twin monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Northumbria was notable for its famous inmate, the Venerable Bede. The archaeological excavation of the site was undertaken by Rosemary Cramp between 1959 and 1988: this volume is her definitive report and analysis of the material remains of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval occupations, including structural materials, window glass, sculptured stone and personal possessions.
Played in London
Charting the Heritage of a City at Play
This overview of the capital’s sporting heritage and architecture details the background and history of a comprehensive variety of events, including current and forgotten venues from the centre to the suburbs, together with a range of anecdotes and archive photos.
Prehistoric Strongholds of Northumberland National Park
The hillforts of Northumberland are extraordinarily well-preserved, their interiors relatively untouched since they were last occupied, around 1,500 years ago. Presenting the key results of the detailed and extensive archaeological landscape surveys carried out by English Heritage, this well-illustrated account, aimed at hill-walkers and other visitors, describes what hillforts would have looked like when they were first built and what life was like for the inhabitants.
Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England
Excavation and Survey of a Neolithic Monument Complex and its Surrounding Landscape
A programme of excavation and survey directed by Roger Mercer between 1974 and 1986 demonstrated that Hambledon, near Cranborne Chase, was the site of an exceptionally large and diverse complex of earlier Neolithic earthworks, including two causewayed enclosures, two long barrows and several outworks. These volumes are the complete record of the excavation and survey of the Neolithic monuments.
The Dover Bronze Age Boat
In 1992, a team of archaeologists discovered the hull of a beautifully preserved sewn-plank boat, dating from the Middle Bronze Age, below the streets of Dover and about 200 metres inland from the present shore. As well as the technical report on the ancient vessel, this book examines the implications of the find for our understanding of communities some 3,500 years ago.
The Anatomy of a Georgian Villa
Built for the City merchant John Boyd (1718–1800), Danson House in Kent is an exemplary Palladian villa, designed by the architect Robert Taylor in 1766. This detailed study tells the story of the house, the estate, its owners and its restoration by English Heritage between 1995 and 2004.
Britain's Oldest Art
The Ice Age Cave Art of Cresswell Crags
Britain’s first Ice Age cave art was discovered at Creswell Crags in 2003 by Paul Bahn, Paul Pettitt and Sergio Ripoll. In this book the authors describe their discovery and the palaeolithic archaeology of the Crags and the Creswell region before presenting the definitive account of the engraved motifs, generously illustrated with large colour photographs and explanatory drawings.
Victorian Transport Photo Pack
Contains 8 x A3 Posters
From Brunel’s steamship, Great Eastern, under construction in 1857 to a panorama of St Pancras station in 1895, the eight photographs in this collection are selected from the National Monuments Record and highlight developments in transport in the 19th century. Age 9+
Played in Tyne and Wear
Charting the Heritage of People at Play
Illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs, this social and architectural history explores the sporting heritage of the Newcastle, Sunderland and Tynemouth areas, where former cock-fighting pits exist alongside Victorian swimming baths, pigeon crees and stadiums. After examining recreational activities in the region, the book focuses on nine sports whose associated sites and buildings have helped to shape the historic environment of Tyne and Wear.
Early Structural Steel in London Buildings
A Discreet Revolution
Jonathan Clarke’s illustrated study of the ‘early Steel Age’, examines the use of mass-produced steel in the structural anatomy of London’s buildings from the 1880s to 1910. Clarke first surveys the technological and economic forces that brought structural steel into being, then goes on to look at how its potential for bigger, brighter and safer buildings was exploited in London theatres, clubs and hotels, banks and offices, shops, pools and tube stations, and in industrial buildings.
The Archaeology of Hill Farming on Exmoor
In three sections, on the royal forest, the commons and farmland, and covering the period from the 12th to 19th centuries, this book explores how hill farmers have battled to reclaim and make productive the ‘soft upland’ wastes of Exmoor. The authors draw on systematic fieldwork to present the first study of hill farming on Exmoor told through archaeological evidence and the detailed analysis of thousands of aerial photographs.
A History of Britain from Above
Founded in 1919 Aerofilms Ltd married the art of photography to the new technology of powered flight to capture Britain as it had never been seen before: from the air. This volume showcases hundreds of the pioneering firm's aerial photographs, many of them rare or previously unseen, and tells how it survived the Great Depression, helped the war effort at the direct request of Winston Churchill, and charted the reconstruction projects of the 1940s and 1950s.
Historic Views of London
Photographs from the Collection of BEC Howarth-Loomes
The collector BEC Howarth-Loomes assembled an extraordinary library of prints of London in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The hundreds of images reproduced in this book depict not only landmarks such as St Paul's, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, but the commercial life of the city, its bridges thronged with horse- drawn traffic and its expanding suburbs. Richly evocative of a vanished age, they are full of interest for lovers of old London and social historians alike.
The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle
The garden created by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, at Kenilworth was one of the wonders of Elizabethan England. It was also the best-documented garden of its age, allowing English Heritage to recreate it in 2009. Comprising 17 essays by specialists and lavishly illustrated with reproductions, plans and modern photographs, this book charts the documentary and archaeological detective work that went into that project, but also represents a major addition to the study of English garden history.
Paintings in the Iveagh Bequest
Housed in Kenwood, London's 'finest country residence', the Iveagh Bequest is a superb art collection formed by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, between 1887 and 1891 and comprising old master paintings by artists including Vermeer, Van Dyck, Boucher, Gainsborough and Reynolds. This catalogue of the Bequest presents 102 paintings, with reproductions and commentaries illustrated with details, sketches and related works. There are also essays on Kenwood, Lord Iveagh's role as a collector and an introduction to the collection.
The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin
Founded in the 1830s by the multi-talented Edmund Sharpe, the Lancaster firm of Sharpe, Paley and Austin went on to become the greatest provincial architectural practice in Victorian and Edwardian England. This book charts the firm's history for the first time, explaining how it secured commissions through a web of personal and family connections; and, with a wealth of photographs, it illustrates the urban and rural churches, country houses, schools and infirmaries built by the company.
The Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co
A selection from the English Heritage archive of some 25,000 photographs taken by professional architectural photographers Bedford Lemere between the 1870s and the late 1920s, this volume focuses on the period after 1890 and offers a view of Britain at the height of its wealth and power. Accompanied by Cooper's introduction, the photographs are arranged by themes, including public buildings, commerce and industry, transport and technology, leisure and entertainment and life at home during the Great War.
Clerics and Connoisseurs
An Irish Art Collection Through Three Centuries
The author of The Gentleman’s and Connoisseur’s Dictionary of Painters (1770), the Rev Matthew Pilkington was himself a great connoisseur: this exhibition catalogue examines his and his family’s collection through seven generations, with reproductions and commentary on over 100 paintings. Slightly off-mint.