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Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback): Carli Coetzee Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback)
Carli Coetzee
R350 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R100 (29%) In stock

A younger generation of South Africans are developing important and innovative ways of understanding South Africa’s past, challenging narratives that have, over the last decades, been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. Carli Coetzee uses the image of history-rich blood to explore these approaches to intergenerational memory. In this book, she revisits older archives and analyses contemporary South African cultural and literary forms.

The emphasis on blood challenges the privileged status skin has had as an explanatory category in thinking about identity. Instead, Coetzee emphasises intergenerational transfer and continuity. She argues that a younger generation is contesting the terms through which to understand contemporary South Africa and interpreting the legacies of the past that remain under the visible layer of skin.

The chapters each concern blood: Mandela’s prison cell as laboratory for producing bloodless freedom, the kinship relations created and resisted in accounts of Eugene de Kock in prison, Ruth First’s concern with information leaks in her accounts of her time in prison, the first human-to-human heart transplant and its relation to racialised attempts to salvage white identity, the #Fallist moment, the Abantu Book Festival, and activist scholarship and creative art works that use blood as a trope for thinking about change and continuity.

The Blackridge House - A Memoir (Paperback): Julia Martin The Blackridge House - A Memoir (Paperback)
Julia Martin 1
R260 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R80 (31%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

A quest is never what you expect it to be.

Elizabeth Madeline Martin spends her days in a retirement home in Cape Town, watching the pigeons and squirrels on the branch of a tree outside her window. Bedridden, her memory fading, she can recall her early childhood spent in a small wood-and-iron house in Blackridge on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg. Though she remembers the place in detail – dogs, a mango tree, a stream – she has no idea of where exactly it is. ‘My memory is full of blotches,’ she tells her daughter Julia, ‘like ink left about and knocked over.’

Julia resolves to find the Blackridge house: with her mother lonely and confused, would this, perhaps, bring some measure of closure? A journey begins that traverses family history, forgotten documents, old photographs, and the maps that stake out a country’s troubled past – maps whose boundaries nature remains determined to resist. Kind strangers, willing to assist in the search, lead to unexpected discoveries of ancestors and wars and lullabies. Folded into this quest are the tender conversations between a daughter and a mother who does not have long to live.

Taken as one, The Blackridge House is a meditation on belonging, of the stories we tell of home and family, of the precarious footprint of life.

In Our Own Skins - A Political History Of The Coloured People (Paperback): Richard van der Ross In Our Own Skins - A Political History Of The Coloured People (Paperback)
Richard van der Ross; Foreword by Franklin Sonn 1
R422 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R148 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Cape, 1652: Europe and Africa collide. As the Dutch and, later, the British seep into southern Africa’s arid west, they form an uneasy alliance with the indigenous San, Khoi and Griqua people. In the first unions between settlers and indigenous peoples, the Coloured people of the Cape flicker to life.

But events thousands of miles away are soon to upset this tenuous balance of power. Slavery and its moral and religious hegemony quickly demonises interracial unions; in the spat between the Dutch and British over the Cape’s huge strategic value, the Khoi, San, Griqua and nascent Coloured populations are trampled underfoot. With literal and ideological muzzle-loaders blazing, the British and Afrikaners rampage through two wars that culminate in another type of union in 1910 – the Union of South Africa – which sees the Coloured people losing what little parliamentary representation they had under the British.

In Our Own Skins is the extraordinary story of a small but proud group’s 84-year battle to regain the franchise, told through the eyes of an uncompromising insider. From the Stone meetings, conducted from a boulder on a windswept District Six hillside, to a petition carried, torch-like, to faraway London in 1909, it maps a trajectory of loss – and of restoration. Its rich cast – among others, the Glasgow-educated Dr Abdullah Abdurahman, his fiery daughter Cissie Gool, the Ghanaian FZS Peregrino, Jimmy and Alex la Guma and Labour Party stalwart Allan Hendrickse – plays a leading role in pulling the Coloured people through the post-colonial morass that is South Africa up to 1994 and beyond and proudly placing them, fully represented, in the cabinet of Nelson Mandela – one of the most iconic leaders the world has ever known.

In Enemy Hands - South Africa's POWs In World War II (Paperback): Karen Horn In Enemy Hands - South Africa's POWs In World War II (Paperback)
Karen Horn
R260 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R47 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Historian Karen Horn painstakingly tracked down a number of former POWs in which their interviews reveal rich narratives of hardship, endurance, humour, longing and self-discovery. Instead of fighting, these men adapted to another war, one which was fought on the inside of many prison camps.

In their interviews, all the POWs expressed surprise at being asked to share their experiences of almost 70 years earlier.They returned home in 1945 to a country which soon afterwards tried its utmost to promote national amnesia with regard to the country’s participation in the war.

With great insight and empathy, Karen Horn shines a light on a neglected corner of South African history. Karen Horn is a lecturer at Stellenbosch University.

We Die Like Brothers - The Sinking Of The SS Mendi (Paperback): John Gribble, Graham Scott We Die Like Brothers - The Sinking Of The SS Mendi (Paperback)
John Gribble, Graham Scott 4
R265 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R55 (21%) In stock

The SS Mendi is a wreck site off the Isle of Wight under the protection of Historic England. Nearly 650 men, mostly from the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), lost their lives in February 1917 following a collision in fog as they travelled to serve as labourers on the Western Front, in one of the largest single losses of life during the conflict.

The loss of the SS Mendi occupies a special place in South African military history. Prevented from being trained as fighting troops by their own government, the men of the SANLC hoped that their contribution to the war effort would lead to greater civil rights and economic opportunities in the new white-ruled nation of South Africa after the war. These hopes proved unfounded, and the SS Mendi became a focus of black resistance before and during the apartheid era in South Africa. One hundred years on, the wreck of the SS Mendi is a physical symbol of black South Africans’ long fight for social and political justice and equality and is one of a very select group of historic shipwrecks from which contemporary political and social meaning can be drawn, and whose loss has rippled forward in time to influence later events; a loss that is now an important part of the story of a new ‘rainbow nation’.

The wreck of the SS Mendi is now recognised as one of England’s most important First World War heritage assets and the wreck site is listed under the Protection of Military Remains Act. New archaeological investigation has provided real and direct information about the wreck for the first time.

The loss of the Mendi is used to highlight the story of the SANLC and other labour corps as well as the wider treatment of British imperial subjects in wartime.

City of London - Secrets of the Square Mile (Paperback): Paul D. Jagger City of London - Secrets of the Square Mile (Paperback)
Paul D. Jagger
R119 R84 Discovery Miles 840 Save R35 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Pomp, pageantry, power and prestige are just a few of the words to sum up the history and vibrancy of the City of London. Beyond its fame as the financial heart of London, this new guidebook explores the Square Mile of London revealing the secrets hidden in its rich treasure trove. Neither square nor a square mile, the City of London seems to lie beyond the limits of logic. From St Paul's, Wren's Masterpiece to the Barbican, Europe's largest centre for Arts, the City of London is a compelling blend of diverse visitor attractions waiting to be explored. Whether you pop into the Old Bailey, the scene of many a courtroom drama, amble through Lincoln Inn Fields or drool over the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London there is never a dull moment in the City... Learn why the Bank of England is known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street and the importance of Mansion House, home to the Right Honorable The Lord Mayor of London and looks at the traditions behind the Lord Mayor's Show.

Radio Soundings - South Africa And The Black Modern (Paperback): Liz Gunner Radio Soundings - South Africa And The Black Modern (Paperback)
Liz Gunner
R350 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R91 (26%) In stock

The radio in Africa has shaped culture by allowing listeners to negotiate modern identities and sometimes fast-changing lifestyles. Through the medium of voice and mediated sound, listeners on the station – known as Radio Bantu, then Radio Zulu, and finally Ukhozi FM – shaped new understandings of the self, family and social roles.

Through particular genres such as radio drama, fuelled by the skills of radio actors and listeners, an array of debates, choices and mistakes were unpacked daily for decades. This was the unseen literature of the auditory, the drama of the airwaves, which at its height shaped the lives of millions of listeners in urban and rural places in South Africa. Radio became a conduit for many talents squeezed aside by apartheid repression. Besides Winnie Mahlangu and K.E. Masinga and a host of other talents opened by radio, the exiles Lewis Nkosi and Bloke Modisane made a niche and a network of identities and conversations which stretched from the heart of Harlem to the American South. Nkosi and Modisane were working respectively in BBC Radio drama and a short-lived radio transcription centre based in London which drew together the threads of activism and creativity from both Black America and the African continent at a critical moment of the late empire.

Radio Soundings is a fascinating study that shows how, throughout its history, Zulu radio has made a major impact on community, everyday life and South African popular culture, voicing a range of subjectivities which gave its listeners a place in the modern world.

The Last Days - Lower Chedworth 1940 - 1959 (Paperback): Barry Pilkington The Last Days - Lower Chedworth 1940 - 1959 (Paperback)
Barry Pilkington
R253 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R62 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A personal account of a boyhood spent in a typical English village in the Cotswolds. The text is generously illustrated with photographs from the period and illustrations by the author. It will be of particular interest to those who have lived in or around this part of England. The Last Days is a personal memoir of the author's early life in the picturesque Cotswold village of Chedworth during the period 1940 to 1959. Barry Pilkington has a clear recollection of characters and events, describing them in an engaging and lively manner, and including many personal memories and anecdotes of his family and those living in the village at the time. These individual stories add a human interest and make the book very readable, while his expressive description of the countryside shows his affection for the area in which he spent his early years. Like Laurie Lee's Cider with Rosie, the book describes life in a Gloucestershire village when traditional country life was emerging into the `modern world'. In the early years of this period, agriculture and its supporting services and trades provided the main sources of occupation; horses were still widely used, water was drawn from wells and evenings were lit by oil lamps. The community was close-knit and centred around the church, school and local pub. Life was hard and the cottages lacked many facilities. Most country people, by necessity, shared a self-reliance which was not taught, but learnt over a lifetime, while tackling the daily tasks that needed to be done. The book also traces how local life was affected by such major changes as the arrival of electricity, the spread of car ownership and changes in farming practice in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Batsford's Cambridge Then and Now (Hardcover): Vaughan Grylls Batsford's Cambridge Then and Now (Hardcover)
Vaughan Grylls
R343 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R89 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cambridge Then and Now is the latest in the long-running series that uncovers archive photos of the landmark sites of a city and re-photographs them from exactly the same viewpoint today. Cambridge Then and Now features vintage photos that date back to the Victorian era, through the twentieth century up until the early 1960s. And while many of the colleges have remained remarkably similar; the cars, the bikes and the fashion on the street has changed a great deal. Cambridge sites include: King's College, Queen's College, St.John's College, Trinity Hall College, Peterhouse, Magadalene College, Pembroke College, Jesus College, Jesus Green, Parker's Piece, the Mathematical Bridge, Great St. Mary's Church, the Corn Exchange, the Arts Theatre, Grantchester Rectory and the American Cemetery.

Rocks and Rain, Reason and Romance - The Landscape, History and People of the Lake District (Paperback): David Howe Rocks and Rain, Reason and Romance - The Landscape, History and People of the Lake District (Paperback)
David Howe
R234 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R55 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

David Howe tells the story of the Lake District, England's most dramatic landscape. Home to vistas of stunning beauty and a rich heritage, it is an area of England that fascinates, inspires - and has bewitched David for a lifetime. With passion and an endless curiosity, he reveals how half a billion years of shifting ice, violent volcanoes and (of course) falling rain have shaped the lakes and fells that have fired the imaginations of the great sons and daughters of the area, the poets and the scientists. He shows that Lakeland is a seamless web where lives and landscape weave together, where the ancient countryside has created a unique local history: of farming and mining, of tightknit communities, of a resilient and proud people. The Lake District is a place of rocks and rain, reason and romance, wonder and curiosity. And this book celebrates it all: the very character of Cumbria.

The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover): Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze The Johannesburg gas works (Hardcover)
Monika Lauferts le Roux, Judith Mavunganidze; Photographs by David Southwood, Sally Gaule
R435 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R96 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Fourthwall books is pleased to announce the publication of The Johannesburg gas works, edited by Monika Lauferts le Roux and Judith Mavunganidze. The Johannesburg gas works (now Egoli Gas) is a familiar and spectacular industrial landmark in the city. Its dramatic holding towers and redbrick futurist factories are close to the campuses of two universities and within site of the Brixton tower and the buildings of the SABC. Manufacturing at the site came to an end two decades ago and now gas is piped into the towers and from there into the surrounding neighbourhoods for business and residential use. In recent years, the gas works has attracted interest from architects, students, historians and the general public but its now-derelict buildings remain a mystery to most. This new book, the first comprehensive publication on the significant site, tells the story of the gas works and the manufacture of gas in Johannesburg, beginning in 1927. It includes essays by Clive Chipkin and Alex Opper that explore the architectural importance of the incredible buildings, the story of gas production in Johannesburg, the role of gas workers in the industrial development of the city, and the possible future prospects for the site. Maps, drawings and photographs take the reader into the heart of the factory as it was decades ago and as it is today. The Johannesburg gas works is an important contribution to the industrial and architectural history of the city.

Abandoned Places - Where Time Has Stopped (Paperback): Richard Happer Abandoned Places - Where Time Has Stopped (Paperback)
Richard Happer 1
R424 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R121 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Ghost towns, empty streets, crumbling ruins and lost empires this book reveals these and other deserted places. Many places featured were once populated and now sit unoccupied, modern day ruins, sitting in decay. Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons. Places include: * Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. * Shicheng in China has been under water for 53 years since the Xin'an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago. * Chernobyl was totally abandoned after the nearby nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie. * Poveglia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte became a dumping ground for plague victims and later an asylum for the mentally ill. * Plymouth was the capital of the island of Montserrat. The town was overwhelmed by volcanic eruptions starting in 1995 and was abandoned. * St Kilda a remote Scottish Island may have been permanently inhabited for at least two millennia, the population probably never exceeding 180. The entire population was evacuated in 1930.

Abandoned Places - 60 Stories of Places Where Time Stopped (Hardcover): Richard Happer Abandoned Places - 60 Stories of Places Where Time Stopped (Hardcover)
Richard Happer 1
R498 R350 Discovery Miles 3 500 Save R148 (30%) In stock

Ghost towns, empty streets, crumbling ruins and lost empires this book reveals these and other deserted places. Many places featured were once populated and now sit unoccupied, modern day ruins, sitting in decay. Stories, facts and photographs of 60 beautiful and eerie abandoned places from throughout the world. Time has stopped and nature is taking resident in these places mainly due to natural disasters, war or economic reasons. Places include: * Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. * Shicheng in China has been under water for 53 years since the Xin'an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago. * Chernobyl was totally abandoned after the nearby nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie. * Poveglia is an island in the Venetian Lagoon which under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte became a dumping ground for plague victims and later an asylum for the mentally ill. * Plymouth was the capital of the island of Montserrat. The town was overwhelmed by volcanic eruptions starting in 1995 and was abandoned. * St Kilda a remote Scottish Island may have been permanently inhabited for at least two millennia, the population probably never exceeding 180. The entire population was evacuated in 1930.

Catalonia from Above (Hardcover): Arthus-Bertrand Yann Catalonia from Above (Hardcover)
Arthus-Bertrand Yann
R740 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R226 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Painting is about studying the impression of a pebble falling onto the surface of the water, a bird in flight, the sun receding over the sea or among the mountain pines and laurels." -Joan Miro This quote from the world-famous Catalan painter Miro, describing his approach to art, served as a guiding principle for famed aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand as he set out to explore Catalonia. This region of northeastern Spain boasts a unique variety of landscapes, from sea to mountains to radiant Barcelona. With his trademark poetry and magic, Arthus-Bertrand captures expansive landscapes as well as intimate experiences in 150 photographs. Ramon Folch's text introduces us to the history, culture, and key locations in Catalonia.

A Concise Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg (Paperback): Naomi Musiker, Reuben Musiker A Concise Historical Dictionary of Greater Johannesburg (Paperback)
Naomi Musiker, Reuben Musiker
R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Johannesburg's evolution provides important insights into the history and transformation of South Africa as a whole. This work should therefore be of interest to readers who wish to understand the events that shaped South Africa in the successive eras of gold discovery, British colonization, Nationalist Party apartheid legislation, and transformation after 1994. The authors include information on the original indigenous inhabitants who occupied the area of the future city long before the first white settlers, and whose descendants, through their intensive labour on the gold mines, played a decisive role in the development of Johannesburg. The more than 600 alphabetical entries not only cover the economic and political history of the city but also give an account of its cultural aspects, including architecture, art, music and theatre. The authors have extended the scope of the book by including certain adjoining urban areas such as Sandton, Randburg, Soweto and Edenvale, some of which have only recently been brought into the orbit of Greater Johannesburg.;The detailed chronology which precedes the alphabetical entries highlights the important events which helped to determine the city's destiny.

Natchitoches and Louisiana's Timeless Cane River (Hardcover): Richard Seale Natchitoches and Louisiana's Timeless Cane River (Hardcover)
Richard Seale; Illustrated by Philip Gould; Introduction by Robert Harling; Photographs by Philip Gould; Robert DeBlieux, …
R764 R600 Discovery Miles 6 000 Save R164 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Nestled on the banks of the Cane River, Natchitoches (pronounced NAK-i-tush) is perhaps the most beautiful inland town in Louisiana. Founded in 1714 as a French colonial settlement, it boasts brick streets, venerable architecture, and a charming ambiance that draw visitors from around the world. Nearby, a magnificent plantation country and the multicultural Creole community of Isle Brevelle amplify the area's allure. This stunning gallery of photographs by Philip Gould, along with edifying articles, documents the varying cultures of the Cane River region, one of the state's oldest and most historically French areas.

The book opens with a look at Natchitoches proper and its breathtaking architectural gems, including stately churches and elegant homes. Gould also captures the life pulsing behind these impressive facades. A blues band performs its monthly gig at Roque's Grocery. A child prepares to be baptized in the Cane River. A young couple celebrates their marriage in high style. Through Gould's lens and an enlightening history by Richard Seale, Natchitoches yesterday and today comes alive.

The regal residences and faded communities that lie beyond Natchitoches are remnants of a once bustling plantation economy. Accompanied by revealing commentary from Robert DeBlieux, Gould trains his talented eye on the majestic estates of Oakland, Magnolia, Oaklawn, Cherokee, Beaufort, and Melrose plantations and on the tiny town of Cloutierville, once home to writer Kate Chopin. The book also spotlights the nearby Creole settlement of Isle Brevelle, which dates back to the area's colonial period. Gould celebrates the music, food, folklore, architecture, and landscape of this vibrant multiethnic community -- which originated with a French planter and a former slave. Harlan Mark Guidry, one of the many descendants of Isle Brevelle now living throughout the United States, narrates the story of this unique cultural treasure.

Natchitoches and Louisiana's Timeless Cane River offers passage through an extraordinary world where people, heritage, and history are inseparably intertwined. Natives and tourists alike will relish the journey.

Mobinomics - Mxit And Africa's Mobile Revolution (Paperback): Alan Knott-Craig, Gus Silber Mobinomics - Mxit And Africa's Mobile Revolution (Paperback)
Alan Knott-Craig, Gus Silber 1
R10 R8 Discovery Miles 80 Save R2 (20%) In stock

In these crisscrossing threads are woven the fabric of a community, a society, an economy, a nation. And beyond that, the world itself. But the technology isn't the dream. The dream is what you can do with it.' Three revolutions changed the face of South Africa, the economic powerhouse of the African continent, in 1994. The first was democracy, as millions of newly-enfranchised citizens went to the polls to elect a new government. The second was the internet, bringing information, learning and entertainment into millions of homes. But the real signal of change in the air was the arrival of an electronic device that would put undreamed-of power into the hands of the people. The cellular phone. In a country where less than four per cent of the population had access to a landline phone, mobile telephony opened the gateway to new ways and new worlds of communication. Today, more than 90 per cent of South Africans own at least one mobile phone, and they're not just using them to talk to each other. Mobiles have become tools of education, entrepreneurship, trade, empowerment, activism, media and upliftment. With the advent of the mobile internet, mobiles have also become the hubs of the most powerful force in modern communication. The social network, bringing people together in an interchange of ideas, opinions, chatter and commerce that is changing the way we understand and define communities. This is the story of the biggest and fastest-growing social network in Africa. A network that took shape in the townships of the Western Cape and has grown to be part of the lives of more than 50 million users in 120 countries, sending more than 23 billion messages a month. This is the story of Mxit. A cultural force, a community of millions, with its own economy, its own infrastructure, its own language and its own traditions. This is the story of Mobinomics, the new economy of mobile, and how it is connecting people and changing lives. Read it and learn. Read it and understand. Read it and be moved by the power of mobile.

The Festivals of Cornwall - Ritual, Revival, Reinvention (Paperback): Alan Kent The Festivals of Cornwall - Ritual, Revival, Reinvention (Paperback)
Alan Kent
R581 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R44 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Leeds Heritage Wall Calendar 2019 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Leeds Heritage Wall Calendar 2019 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R196 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R47 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Step back in time with this stunningly nostalgic black and white wall calendar. With photography ranging from the 1960s right back to the early twentieth century, you'll get a real sense of heritage. Leeds has always been a busy, bustling city full of life and character; take a look back into its history with this fantastic calendar. The datepad features previous and next month's views.

Dublin Heritage Wall Calendar 2019 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Dublin Heritage Wall Calendar 2019 (Art Calendar) (Calendar, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R196 R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Save R47 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Step back in time with this stunningly nostalgic black and white wall calendar. With photography ranging from the 1960s right back to the early twentieth century, you'll get a real sense of heritage. Dublin has an incredible history and culture and this calendar brings its unique past to life. The datepad features previous and next month's views.

Abandoned Villages (Paperback): Stephen Fisk Abandoned Villages (Paperback)
Stephen Fisk
R208 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R36 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A lonely ruined church, mysterious bumps in a field, or stone walls visible on the shoreline of a reservoir in high summer: all these are signs of settlements abandoned over the years. Over the centuries many villages in Britain have been abandoned. This book describes the natural and man-made causes, from coastal erosion to the closing of old mines. The author puts together a picture of lost villages when they were at their height and the way of life of their people. In each case the process of abandonment is traced in vivid detail. Evidence from archaeology and historical records is summarised, and for more recent settlements the accounts of former residents are quoted. Abandoned Villagesis fully illustrated with photographs of villages before and after they were abandoned. It will inspire readers to visit the sites of abandoned villages, near home perhaps, or as they travel around Britain. This book is part of the Britain's Heritage series, which provides definitive introductions to the riches of Britain's past, and is the perfect way to get acquainted with the nation's abandoned villages in all their variety.

Wells Cathedral - German (Paperback): Pitkin Wells Cathedral - German (Paperback)
Pitkin
R140 R97 Discovery Miles 970 Save R43 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

WELLS CATHEDRAL - GERMAN

The Plans That Never Happened: North Shields and Tynemouth (Paperback): Malcolm Rivett The Plans That Never Happened: North Shields and Tynemouth (Paperback)
Malcolm Rivett
R345 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R61 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

North Shields and Tynemouth today, like most towns and cities, are products of history. Their shops, offices, residential areas, transport and leisure facilities are the result of commercial and political decisions of the recent and distant past. However, for every development scheme that was built, as many, if not more, were proposed but never actualised. Some were hare-brained proposals making little financial or practical sense. Others were sensible ideas but were unpopular locally or there was just not the funds or political drive to build them. This book explores some of the schemes that didn't happen. These are plans for development and redevelopment that, for one reason or another, never came to fruition but now give us a glimpse into North Shields and Tynemouth as they might have been.

Great Britain (Hardcover, Revised edition): Stephen Halliday Great Britain (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Stephen Halliday
R234 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R50 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Whether you want to learn about the teenager's skeleton from 1550 BC found at Stonehenge, explore the history of Britain's favourite beverages, tea and coffee, or discover how taxation on windows coined the expression `daylight robbery', there is something for every enthusiast to dip into.

Historic England: Manchester - Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Paperback): Jean Bradburn, John Bradburn Historic England: Manchester - Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Paperback)
Jean Bradburn, John Bradburn
R346 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R62 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This illustrated history portrays one of England's finest cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Manchester's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts. Historic England: Manchester shows the city as it once was, from its streets, squares and parks to its mills, factories and warehouses. It is a city of strong Victorian character, combining nineteenth-century grandeur and twenty-first-century vibrancy. In 2015 it was designated `The Northern Powerhouse', though, being the home of the Industrial Revolution, it always was. Manchester gave the world technological innovation as well as manufacturing strength. Manchester truly is one of the world's greatest cities and this book will help you discover its remarkable history.

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