Portrait of Morecambe Bay
The largest area of intertidal sands and mudflats in the UK, Morecambe Bay is an important wildlife habitat, particularly for migrating birds. Jon Sparks’s photographic review of the area captures some of this activity but focuses more on the changing light and reflections of the flats, studies of adjacent landscapes, and views of towns along the shore, including Ulverston, Heysham and Morecambe itself.
Images of Kent, Surrey, Sussex & South London Railways
The south-east of England has much to offer the railway enthusiast: as the most highly populated area of the country it was served by a variety of routes, many of which no longer exist, from the steam era onward. The images of locomotives and rolling stock in this photographic collection depict both main and branch lines, and the goods yards and engine sheds that served them.
Images of Home Counties Railways
Classic Photographs from the Maurice Dart Railway Collection
These vintage photographs from the well-known Dart collection are drawn from the Home Counties and suburbs of north and west London. Each of the photographs is accompanied by a brief text, the images are organized by locomotive wheel arrangement and types from the largest downwards, and the locations are identified according to the 1938 Railway Clearing House Handbook of Stations.
Great Central Railway
Halsgrove Railway Series
Occupying a stretch of the old London to Sheffield main line, the Great Central Railway is one of the most impressive heritage railways in Britain, and the only one that can boast double tracking. This photographic tribute traces the route from Leicester North to Loughborough, illustrating the historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock and the authentically restored stations.
The historic county of Berkshire stretches about 70 miles from the Marlborough Downs to the suburbs of West London, and its scenery includes forest, ancient chalk hills and Thames Valley lowlands. This collection of photographs from around the year is accompanied by the author’s personal reflections on the landscape and story of England’s Royal County.
A Vision of Snowdonia
The subject of this photographic tribute covers an area of 827 square miles in the north west of Wales and boasts a varied landscape of heather moors, lakes, wooded valleys, craggy mountains and dramatic coastline. Capturing the majestic scenery at different times of the year and in different lighting conditions, each of the images is presented in a wide-view panoramic format and printed across a double-page spread.
Portrait of Snowdonia
Snowdonia National Park, occupying the north-west corner of Wales, incorporates a varied landscape of moors, lakes, valleys, coastline and craggy mountain peaks. This collection of 140 carefully composed photographs is a study of the area through the seasons, contrasting, for example, the snow-capped peak of Snowdon itself in winter with the wild flowers in the Conway Valley in spring and the ancient woodland around Dolgellau in autumn.
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964, the Forest of Bowland lies to the south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park but its different geology makes it a notably distinct environment. This portfolio is a photographer’s portrait of the area, ranging from moorland views and studies of the flora and fauna to picturesque buildings and life in villages such as Slaidburn and Newton-in-Bowland.
Napoleon's Grand British Holiday
The Remarkable Story of Bonaparte and His Time on the South Devon Coast
Captured after Waterloo, Napoleon was held aboard HMS Bellerophon off the Devon coast. This book records the forgotten episode in which he became a magnet for celebrity seekers who would row out to catch a glimpse of the captive emperor as he paced the deck.
Bury St Edmunds
Halsgrove Discover Series
The noted photographer Alan Childs captures the beauty of the former capital of East Anglia, Bury St Edmunds, through images that convey the sweep of the town and more focused portraits of its characterful buildings, both on and off the beaten track. For those wishing to explore the area on foot, there are details of five town walks, accompanied by maps recreated from the Victorian originals.
Portrait of Herefordshire
This celebration of the people, places and traditions of Herefordshire is a contemporary portrayal of the county by photographer Malcolm Scott. The 150 black-and-white images include views of the landscapes and locations but focus more on the people, creating a sense of continuity between past and present by recording local meetings, country shows, traditional farming activities, small-scale producers and traditional craftspeople at work.
Trevor Chamberlain: England and Beyond
A Celebration of Sixty Years of Painting
Over a period of 60 years, Trevor Chamberlain has built a reputation as a leading painter of landscapes; his subjects ranging from a Bolton back street to a Bedouin encampment, and his method to work en plein-air and minutely observe the subtleties of light and atmosphere. This portfolio reproduces 200 of his paintings, in both watercolour and oil, representing his life's work and reflecting extensive travels to India, the Middle East and Europe as well as around Britain.
Malcolm Root's Transport Paintings
Best known for his atmospheric railway scenes, Malcolm Root has earned a reputation for meticulous attention to period and engineering detail in his nostalgic paintings. This collection of his work encompasses all forms of British transport in realistic historic settings from an Edwardian tram and an Empire flying boat in the 1930s to a Dodge fire engine going out on call in the 1950s and a Massey Ferguson tractor working the fields in the 1960s.
The Farmer's Wife
The Life and Work of Women on the Land
Over 250 period photographs and illustrations help tell the story of rural women in this highly visual social history. Following a review of women’s work on the land, the analysis focuses on 19th century life, from the domestic duties of the country wife in child-rearing, washing and cooking to the shape of the country year and the many agricultural tasks performed by women including haymaking, milking and butter-churning.
The Master's Choice
The freshness and spontaneity of Edward Wesson’s watercolours and oils, described by Alwyn Crawshaw in his introduction as ‘paintings done with a relaxed and happy brush’, are as popular now as they were in his lifetime. With four brief memoirs of the artist by friends and colleagues, this book presents over 125 reproductions of lesser-known works in private collections and Wesson’s own teaching slides, which he used in lectures and demonstrations.
When British Holidays Were Fun
Recalling the Heyday of Holidays at Home
Looking back at holidaying in the British Isles, Tom Tyler explores topics such as holiday-makers' means of transport, the seaside, happy camping at Butlin's and Pontin's, hunting and fishing, walking holidays and messing about in boats. Illustrated with around 280 vintage photographs, and drawing on Tyler's own holiday highs and lows, the book is an informal, nostalgic and often tongue-in-cheek history of holiday-making before cheap flights brought the continental beaches - and weather - within reach.
Painting the Warmth of the Sun
St Ives Artists 1939–1975
This is the second of Tom Cross's two books that are now standard works on the history of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools. First published in 1984, it was based on interviews and discussions with those artists who were still working in and around St Ives in the 1970s and '80s. The book begins with the war years, when several artists sought refuge in Cornwall from the bombing in London. Among those discussed are Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Roger Hilton and the potter, Bernard Leach.
A Winter's Tale
Beginning with early winter's deepening gloom, these 140 landscape photographs show Exmoor's journey through the bleakest time of year to spring's returning warmth. They record both the changes in the natural world, with its snow-covered fields, freezing sea fog and striking ice structures, and the traditional events with which local people mark the season – late-night Christmas shopping in Dunster, Minehead's Christmas Tree Festival and a village's candlelit carol service.
David Weston's England
David Weston first came to prominence with his paintings of steam locomotives, but his ability to create atmosphere in watercolour and oils has also brought to life rural and industrial scenes, buildings, interiors and landscapes. This collection of 120 paintings ranges from country houses to scenes of industrial decline, often reflecting the profound social changes that the artist witnessed during the 20th century, and which he portrayed with a sense of nostalgia for some lost essence of England.
Tuscany is both the cradle of the Renaissance and a region of breathtakingly beautiful and richly varied landscapes, from the mountains of the north to the bare clay hills of the Crete Senesi to the south. The 150 captivating colour photographs in this book show its many facets: the architectural wonders of Florence, Siena and Pisa, the vineyards of Chianti, the long, cypress-lined roads, the rocky coast, and the peaceful farms nestling amid rolling hills.
Portrait of Glamorgan
Ignoring the modern administrative boundaries, this book explores the 'old' county of Glamorgan stretching from the Gower Peninsula in the west to Cardiff in the east and north to the valleys of the Welsh coalfields. In addition to the views of the widely varying landscapes and natural features, this book explores the rich built heritage in churches, castles, towns and villages. Off-mint.
The Western Kennet Valley in the Great War
The massive intake of recruits into the British Army during the First World War meant that new depots were needed to train them. The downs of Berkshire and Wiltshire provided the ideal terrain, while soldiers could be billeted in the towns of Marlborough and Hungerford. Profusely illustrated with vintage photographs, this book celebrates the region's contribution to the war effort, and follows the fortunes of nine local men who went to fight in the 'war to end all wars'.
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
The closure of the branch line between Keighley and Oxenhope in Yorkshire in 1962 prompted the formation of a preservation society that bought the line from British Rail and reopened it as a heritage railway in 1968. These images show the track, its locomotives and rolling stock in operation in all seasons and include station scenes, atmospheric night photography and studies of the period trackside features and station fittings.
Northamptonshire in Winter
Northamptonshire boasts picturesque honey-coloured villages to rival the Cotswolds as well as miles of attractive rolling farmland. This photographic portfolio pictures the county through the winter months from the famous World Conker Championships that take place every October in the village of Ashton, through scenes of snow-covered fields and houses to hellebores and daffodils blooming at Coton Manor.
Out of the Shadows
Motor racing track marshal at weekends and keen amateur photographer, Roger Lane attended the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix and his images earned him a commission from Agfa to record the colour and atmosphere of international motor racing. These never-before-published photographs show the paddock and trackside scene at Formula 1, sports and saloon car events in the late 1960s, including behind-the-scenes pictures of teams and drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Jochen Rindt.
Classic Modern Traction in Action
Diesels and electrics of the 1950s to the 1980s increasingly kindle nostalgia among railway enthusiasts. Taken during the 1980s, the 150 colour photographs in this collection give a snapshot of the network at that time, with modern traction operating across the country, mostly in BR blue or InterCity liveries; and, as they capture the trains within their working environments, the pictures also reveal changes in lineside features and infrastructure.
Portrait of Southport
By comparison with its coastal neighbours, Liverpool and Blackpool, Southport has always promoted a more sophisticated character, its tourism built on the refined pursuits of golf, horse riding, promenading and up-market shopping. This photographic portfolio presents views of many of its fine Victorian buildings, streets and gardens as well as the pier and seafront and the dunes and wetland landscape beyond the town.
Portrait of Robin Hood Country
The Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood was never continuous woodland but rather wooded areas separated by open heath and rough grassland. As the lands were cleared, monastic houses and later great aristocratic estates were established and today much of the parkland associated with them is open to the public. This portfolio of images is a celebration of the landscapes and towns of the area.
A Portrait of Leeds
Like many great cities, Leeds has undergone periods of expansion and degeneration and the story of the city's growth and industrial decline can be read in the renovated textile mills, terraced housing and impressive Victorian town hall. This photographic essay demonstrates how Leeds's past contributes to the buoyant modern city with views of its buildings from Anglo-Saxon churches to modern offices, redeveloped industrial areas and post-war concrete.
Halsgrove Discover Series
With over 150 colour photographs, this journey from the sea to the summit of Scafell Pike explores the natural history of Lakeland through its various habitats - coastlands, meadows, woodlands, waters and fells. Varley also describes how the region has been shaped by human activities in the past and considers what the future holds as landscape, flora and fauna face climate change and rising sea levels. Foreword by Chris Bonington.
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.
The Lake District
Walks from Skiddaw to Scafell
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.
Lionel Aggett's France
In this collection of more than 200 atmospheric pastel paintings, the artist Lionel Aggett depicts his travels from Mont St-Michel to Provence via the Seine, the Loire and the Dordogne. Moving at a leisurely pace through its towns and villages and along its inland waterways, he captures the glories of the French landscape in all seasons, taking in the waterfront at Honfleur, Monet's garden at Giverny, and the sunset over St Tropez.
Portrait of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
The landscape covered by the 720 square miles of Scotland’s first national park includes the open spaces south of the loch, Argyll Forest to the west and the glens and rocky peaks of The Trossachs and Breadalbane to the north. Celebrating the region with colour photographs, this volume presents 140 images of the mountains and lochs within the park.
Northern Ireland's Ancient Sites
Northern Ireland's natural beauty is enhanced by a rich legacy of historic monuments, from prehistoric dolmens through the relics of early Christianity to fortified tower houses and castles. Geographically arranged and illustrated in colour, this attractive guide ranges from Belfast's Linen Hall through the ramparts of Derry to the wilds of the Mourne Mountains. Packed with fact, folklore and legend, it includes a timeline, walking tours, and practical information on transport and refreshments.
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.
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 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.