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.
Malcolm Root's Pageant of Transport
A Treasury of Transport Paintings from Times Past
In this third collection of his meticulously detailed paintings, Malcolm Root presents a chronological pageant of transport, tracing the development of travel by land, sea and air over the last century or so. Each painting sets the vehicles within an evocative, often nostalgic scene – such as the AEC lorry and Royal Navy airship at an airfield in 1919, or steam traction engines towing a locomotive through Glasgow in the 1950s – all accompanied by Tom Tyler’s informative narrative.
The Farmer's Wife
The Life and Work of Women on the Land
Agriculture is widely perceived as a male endeavour, yet throughout history, farmers’ wives have been central to the running of many farms. In addition to their responsibilities for children and the home, women worked the land, milked the cows and took care of the business side. Illustrated with more than 250 historic photographs, this book records and celebrates the life and work of rural women from the Middle Ages until the coming of mechanization after the First World War.
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. Along with four brief memoirs of the artist by friends and colleagues, this book brings together over 125 reproductions of lesser-known works in private collections and Wesson’s own teaching slides, which he used in much-acclaimed 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 Portrait of Blackpool and the Fylde
Most tourists seeking the bright lights of Blackpool pay little attention to the resort's rural hinterland, a flat wetland landscape in stark contrast to the Illuminations, the Tower and the trams. Jon Sparks's photographs explore the excitement and colour of the famous attractions as well as the peaceful countryside that lies just beyond the town.
Images of Bristol, Somerset and Dorset Railways
A native of Devon, Maurice Dart made his first trip to Bristol in 1947, visiting the London, Midland and Scottish Railway shed and the Great Western Railway Bath Road shed. This selection includes images of the famous King, Hall and Castle class locomotives in the region, as well as the Saint and Star class engines that worked the GWR passenger routes before them.
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 Senese 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.
Yorkshire Dales in Winter
In Keith Wood's photographs, the pastures, drystone walls and field barns, limestone scars and waterfalls of the Dales, familiar to many summer visitors, are transformed by ice and snow and the winter light of snow-laden or clear blue skies. The 140 colour photographs in this collection begin with autumn mist in Wharfedale and include both sweeping landscapes and details of the Dales, ending with early spring sunshine on the River Ure.
Wiltshire in the Age of Steam
A History and Archaeology of Wiltshire Industry, c.1750-1950
The pioneers of the industrial revolution left indelible marks on Wiltshire through important feats of engineering such as the Box Tunnel on Brunel's Great Western Railway and the Caen Hill flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Examining the county's industrial history and archaeological remains from the steam age, this book explores a variety of industries such as quarrying in the Bath area; carpet-making at Wilton; textiles at Trowbridge; paper, leather and rubber manufacture; and milling and brewing.
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'.
Portrait of the Pennines
From the White Peak in Derbyshire to Hadrian's Wall, Morrison's photographs progress northward along the 'backbone of England', and include views of the Edale Valley, rock 'sculptures' on Kinder Scout, Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale, the Ribblehead Viaduct and the fells around Hartside Top.
Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR
A Railwayman's Memoirs
Rod Fowkes grew up a couple of miles from the country's biggest marshalling yard at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, inspiring a love of the railways that encouraged him to sign on as a junior porter at Trent station in 1956. He spent the first 20 years of a long railway career in the London Midland Region and this memoir recalls operations during the 1950s and 1960s and includes many photographs, railway correspondence and paperwork.
Andalucia and Las Alpujarras
An Artist in Lemon Country
One of Britain's foremost pastel artists, Lionel Aggett has long been enchanted by the light, colour and raw splendour of Spain, and particularly Andalucia. Accompanied by the artist's own account of his work and travels and pages from his sketchbooks, this substantial collection of his work includes landscapes of the region, from the vineyards of Navarra and La Rioja to the Sierra Nevada and the high plains of Castilla La Mancha.
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.
Kent in Winter
From autumn colours in Kent woodlands to the sun rising over a country cricket field in early spring, Andreas Byrne's photographs capture some of the distinctive features of the county in winter - among them a wrecked barge and Fairfield Church, both out on the frosted marsh, oast houses visible through bare trees; a frozen cherry orchard, and lavender fields under snow.
A Celebration of the Artist's Life and Work
An architect by profession, James Fletcher-Watson (1913–2004) was an artist at heart, a passionate believer in maintaining the pure English watercolour tradition, who was widely regarded as one of the leading British landscape watercolourists of his time. As well as his early paintings, this celebratory volume presents reproductions of 85 watercolours of landscape and architecture from across Britain, from Burwash in Sussex to Glen Coe, and a final section of paintings from his extensive travels abroad.
Closer to the Action in the 80s and 90s
Bryan Apps has been observing the motor racing scene since the 1950s and through his friendship with team owner Ken Tyrrell was invited into the pits and paddock of every British Grand Prix between 1985 and 1997. This portfolio of his photographs of those events presents an access-all-areas view of the cars, drivers, mechanics and team managers during a period that saw British wins for Mansell, Herbert and Hill, and all-time greats such as Senna, Prost and Schumacher locking horns.
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 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.
Portrait of Armagh
Standing stones and megalithic tombs in Armagh, Northern Ireland's smallest county, bear witness to human settlement from as early as 5000 BCE; and at the foundation of modern Ireland, it was in Armagh City that St Patrick is said to have built his church in the 5th century CE. This photographic tour features over 140 images of the landscape, buildings and important sites of the county.
The Book of Barnstaple
Memories of a Coastal Market Town
The North Devon town of Barnstaple was once a busy trading port - even boasting its own shipyards until the early 20th century - and an important centre of the wool trade. Beginning with an historical tour, this portrait of Barnstaple draws on the memories of local people to examine the many industries in the area, including lace and glove making, and the social life of the town. This is one of the Halsgrove Community History series that uses archive photographs to look at the lives of small communities and how they have changed over the centuries.
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.
The Book of South Brent
The earliest reference to the small town of South Brent on the southern edge of Dartmoor records that it was granted to the Abbots of nearby Buckfast by King Canute in 1018. Tracing the story of the village from the earliest settlers, this local history focuses on the period from the late 19th century to the present day with many archive photographs of community activities such as plays, sports teams, school groups, fêtes and fairs.
Secrets of the Hidden Source
In Search of Devon's Ancient and Holy Wells
Natural springs were revered by Devon's Celtic and early Christian inhabitants as places of healing and spirituality. Local place names give clues to their locations and many in fact still exist, hidden among modern town developments or in remote and neglected rural spots. This book explores the history of sacred wells in the county and seeks out over 90 surviving examples, with location photographs and notes on how to find them.
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 Yorkshire Dales
Walks from the Howgills to Nidderdale
Part of the Halgrove Discover series, this book is a journey of discovery through the Yorkshire Dales, one of the most popular walking areas in the country. The 21 walks described in the book are of varying lengths and difficulties, each one carefully chosen to provide a constant variety of interest. The walks are accompanied by a general introduction, a short background history of the region and over 200 colour photographs by Jerry Rawson.
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.