Illustrated with photographs drawn from the Archive of Historic England, as well as newly commissioned aerial images, this volume charts the development of the British seafront over the past 300 years. Historian Allan Brodie blends a chronological, geographic and architectural account with a photographic record of seaside experiences, from ice creams and donkey rides to deckchairs and Punch-and-Judy shows, and chronicles how, with the growth of tourism, the natural coastline has evolved into a man-made world of piers, promenades and fun palaces.
Britain's Railways in Wartime
The Nation's Lifeline
Victory in the two world wars would have been impossible without the railways: ‘everything that was grown, made or mined, had to be carried, and soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians also had to be carried.’ The scale of the task and dangers faced by the women and men of the railways were enormous, and this book, with its wealth of statistics and archival photography, pays tribute to the resourcefulness of railway staff, from cleaners and clerks to drivers and porters.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Launched by Historic England and Ecclesiastical, the History of England in 100 Places project called on the public to nominate sites that have played a crucial role in the nation’s science, industry, arts and culture. The final list, selected by a team of judges including Tanni Grey-Tompson, Monica Ali, Mary Beard and Tristram Hunt, includes both familiar landmarks such as Stonehenge and St Paul’s, and lesser-known but crucially important places such as the ICI research laboratory in Widnes.
Legacies of the First World War
Building for Total War 1914–18
Drawing together studies by English Heritage and Historic England’s archaeologists and historians, this volume explores the physical effects of the First World War on the English countryside and built environments. Among the topics discussed in the ten illustrated essays are army camps, airfields and coastal defences; munitions factories, civic and civilian building during wartime and the impact of enemy blockade on the nation’s agriculture; and a final essay examines the building of war memorials.
100 Years on the High Street
The closure of Woolworths’ last British stores in 2009, a century after the first opened in Liverpool, sparked a wave of nostalgia. This absorbing history charts the American chain’s conquest of the British high street with its cornucopia of sweets and toys for children, cosmetics for young women, and household goods for families. Historic photographs of its distinctive Art Deco shopfronts will strike a chord of recognition, while the retail giant’s inexorable decline will provoke reflection on changing consumer habits.
We Die Like Brothers
The Sinking of the SS Mendi
On a foggy morning in 1917, a large British mail ship travelling dangerously fast off the Isle of Wight collided with SS Mendi, a steamship carrying more than 600 members of the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLAC). The Mendi sank in 20 minutes, leaving few survivors. Drawing on recent archeological evidence from the wreck, the book reconsiders this terrible tragedy and tells the story of the SANLAC in the British war effort.
Jewish Heritage in Britain and Ireland
An Architectural Guide
Britain’s tiny Jewish community is its longest-established religious minority and, since its re-admission to the country in the 17th century, has created a rich architectural legacy of synagogues and charitable institutions. Illustrated in colour, this book remains the only comprehensive guide to such sites, from the ancient Jew’s House in Lincoln to London’s historic Bevis Marks Synagogue. It includes easy-to-follow heritage trails around former Jewish quarters, with full postcodes for satnav users.
The Stonehenge Landscape
Analysing the Stonehenge World Heritage Site
Stonehenge is one of the greatest prehistoric monuments in Western Europe, but the World Heritage Site had not been surveyed to modern archaeological standards until a project conducted by English Heritage between 2009 and 2012. This record of the researchers' work and findings includes an outline of their methodology and a detailed chronological discussion of the landscape from early prehistory to the present illustrated by maps, photos both archive and new, plans and reconstruction drawings.
Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946–1989
During the Cold War a complex infrastructure of defence installations was built across Britain in response to the threat from nuclear weapons. After 1989 many of these formerly secret sites were considered obsolete and abandoned. This volume reports the findings of a project to identify those most in need of preservation, with photographs (both archive and modern) of the buildings, Ordnance Survey images, cutaway diagrams, architectural plans and ephemera, while the detailed text explains their purpose and construction and the historical background.
The English Landscape Garden in Europe
'The landscape garden, embodying a naturalistic approach, was in tune with Enlightenment thought across Europe, where nature was a central preoccupation and motivator'. (From the preface.) In this illustrated study, Symes provides an overview of the extent to which the 18th-century English landscape garden spread throughout Europe and Russia. He considers each country individually, with a special chapter devoted to Le Jardin Anglo-Chinois, and examines gardens created 'in the English style' up to around 1850.