Discovering Abbeys and Priories
Britain's ancient monastic buildings are a familiar part of our landscape, whether they survive as picturesque ruins and country houses or are still in use as churches and cathedrals. Illustrated with colour photographs, this book offers an historical introduction to the buildings, life and influence of medieval abbeys and priories, followed by a gazetteer with brief descriptions of more than 200 sites open to the public.
Discovering Friendly and Fraternal Societies
Their Badges and Regalia
The most successful of the many friendly and fraternal societies that sprung up in Britain from the 18th century was the Freemasons. At one time millions of people belonged to similar clubs such as the Oddfellows and the Ancient Order of Foresters but social changes and the welfare state reduced participation drastically in the 20th century. This illustrated guide uncovers the history of these orders and explores their elaborate regalia.
From the Tudors to the Cold War
By the end of the 15th century, following the introduction of gunpowder and the cannon, it was clear that fortresses would need to be built very differently to withstand the assault of artillery. This review of the evolution of fortifications in Britain charts developments from Henry VIII's castles to the pillboxes of the 1940s and the underground bunkers of the nuclear age.
Discovering Churches and Churchyards
A Guide to The Architecture of English Parish Churches from Anglo-Saxon Times to 1900
This compact guide provides a concise history of English ecclesiastical architecture from the earliest stone buildings of the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the Victorian era. Well illustrated with photographs and annotated illustrations it explains how the churches of each period were built and describes the key architectural features that identify each style. Off-mint.
There are 48 Anglican cathedrals in England and Wales. Some are ancient places of worship, rich in history and of grand proportions; others are more recent, built in the tradition of the finest craftsmanship. Beginning with general chapters on their architectural history and features, this illustrated guide aims to introduce the rich legacy of our cathedrals, from Bangor to York. A final chapter discusses Roman Catholic cathedrals and the cathedrals of Scotland.
The Wartime Garden
'Dig for Victory' was one of the most successful campaigns of the Second World War, turning parks into allotments and encouraging people on the home front to dig up the lawn and grow their own dinner. Illustrated with contemporary photographs and advertisements, this book looks at how the nation went about gardening in wartime and surveys other self-sufficiency measures such as keeping livestock and growing morale-boosting flowers.