Images of Change
An Archaeology of England's Contemporary Landscape
‘An exploration, through words and images, of both the evolution of the later 20th century landscape and the material expression of events and processes of the time’, this English Heritage book challenges the orthodoxy of the heritage industry and asks us to consider the megastores, motorways and housing developments of our present landscape. In chapters on People, Politics, Profit and Pleasure, it opens a discussion of the archaeology, history, memory and experience of landscape. With a foreword by Antony Gormley.
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 British Olympics
Britain's Olympic Heritage 1612–2012
Before 2012, the Olympic Games had twice been held in London, but sporting festivals in Britain date back centuries earlier – events that encouraged and inspired the foundation of the modern Olympics. This book explores the Much Wenlock and Cotswold Games and other early incarnations, as well as the 1904 and 1948 Games, and the Stoke Mandeville Games, the forerunner of the Paralympic Games.
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.
Palaces for Pigs
Animal Architecture and Other Beastly Buildings
For hundreds of years, people have built elaborate, extravagant and downright eccentric homes for their animals. Wearing her scholarship with deceptive charm, Lucinda Lambton surveys hundreds of these flights of fancy throughout Britain and Ireland: elegant stables, a pyramid for poultry, a half-timbered dovecote, Sir John Soane's classical 'canine residences', a medieval palace for pigs, and a touching selection of pet cemeteries. In this engaging, informative and lavishly illustrated book, the British passions for architecture and animals meet.
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.
Buildings of the Labour Movement
Britain's labour movement has left a rich architectural heritage of trade union headquarters, institutes and co-operatives. Extensively illustrated with modern and period photographs, this book traces their development from the Chartists through the Arts and Crafts movement to 20th-century Modernism; it outlines recent preservation campaigns, and details surviving buildings that can be visited; and beyond the bricks and mortar, it is a history of the men and women who struggled to improve the lives of working people.
Textile Mills of South West England
The textile industry in the South West has deep roots – the mills of the region, in contrast to many parts of the country, can often trace their beginnings beyond the Industrial Revolution to former more ancient buildings and uses. This meticulous study focuses on these historic buildings and their workings to tell the story of woollen, serge, hemp, flax, silk, lace, hosiery and cotton production in the area and to shed light on the early origins of these industries.
England's Shipwreck Heritage
From Logboats to U-boats
From the remains of primitive boats of uncertain date to 18th-century trading ships and vessels of the Second World War, there are hundreds of wrecks around England's coast bearing testament to the importance of shipping in the nation's history. This illustrated study assesses the factors that have led to maritime disasters over the centuries and provides an insight into naval archaeology and the role of English Heritage in the protection of historic wreck sites.
The English Seaside
To The Beach, 100 yds
Grand hotels and beach huts, piers and Punch and Judy, Second World War coastal defences and sandcastles: Peter Williams's photographs reveal the tremendous diversity and vitality of the English seaside. Arranged as 42 topics, the photographs show the things we associate with traditional holidays beside the sea, such as deckchairs and fish and chip shops, but also focus on new artworks and architecture and the regeneration of our seaside towns.
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.
Its History and Architecture
Paddington Station in London is one of Britain's most splendid and historically significant railway termini, as the home and headquarters of the Great Western Railway, and as one of the masterpieces of its chief engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This comprehensive history of the station and related buildings and structures, first published in 2004, has been updated to include details of the recently discovered Bishop's Road Canal Bridge – probably Brunel's first cast iron bridge. Second edition.
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.
An Archaeology of Town Commons in England
'A very fair field indeed'
Commons are treasured amenities in many towns, yet their history and archaeology have been little studied. This English Heritage illustrated survey examines a representative selection of town commons across England, charting their historical functions – as pasture, sources of wood and fruit, and as venues for public festivities, meetings and military exercises – and it assesses modern threats to commons’ survival. Slightly off-mint.
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.