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Old Cockenzie and Port Seton (Paperback): Bernard Byrom Old Cockenzie and Port Seton (Paperback)
Bernard Byrom
R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
An Eccentric Tour of Sussex (Hardcover): Peter Bridgewater An Eccentric Tour of Sussex (Hardcover)
Peter Bridgewater 2
R252 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If you have a dread of dull trips to dreary places and a pathological fear of mundane excursions, I guarantee you'll find something here to amuse you. "An Eccentric Tour of Sussex" is a guidebook with a difference. It will take you on a sideways journey across the county to weird, wacky and wonderful destinations. This tour showcases 20 classically bizarre Sussex venues, (plus a few strange minor ones) and reveals quirky churches, bizarre tombs, extraordinary buildings, strange festivals, and whimsical follies. It is aimed at the connoisseur of the peculiar, the cultural tourist who appreciates the silly and unusual destination, has an open-mind and is prepared take an unconventional look at their surroundings. Those of us who live in Sussex are lucky; we have stunning coastlines, bohemian towns, oddball characters (historical and contemporary), fabulous art and a rich cultural history. From the seedy pleasure, from Brighton to the lesser-known delight of Thorney Island, this tour will help you cherish and appreciate what is on your doorstep.

Southend History Tour (Paperback): David C. Rayment Southend History Tour (Paperback)
David C. Rayment
R223 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R28 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Southend History Tour offers an insight into the fascinating history of this coastal town in Essex. Author David C. Rayment guides us around its well-known streets and buildings, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they have changed over the years, as well as exploring its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, and location maps of Shoebury and Leigh-on-Sea, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Southend and around.

Faces of Edinburgh (Paperback): Manel Quiros Faces of Edinburgh (Paperback)
Manel Quiros
R419 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scotland's capital, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, has long been a magnet for visitors who come here in their droves to witness its spectacular setting and unique atmosphere, especially in July and August when it plays host to the world's biggest arts festival. Professional photographer Manel Quiros has made the city his home and knows its nooks and crannies: the elegant New Town streets and squares, the dark, murky Old Town wynds and alleyways. Charged with capturing the essence of Edinburgh, he has turned his camera on its inhabitants, the people who make the city what it is today. These are the people you'll find in these pages - the shopkeepers, schoolteachers, businessmen and women, pub landlords, restaurant owners, students and street performers, all of them taking pleasure in being a part of this special place and sharing their stories.

Irrigation, Timber, and Hydropower - Negotiating Natural Resource Development on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana,... Irrigation, Timber, and Hydropower - Negotiating Natural Resource Development on the Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, 1904-1945 (Paperback)
Garrit Voggesser
R380 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R76 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Irrigation, Timber, and Hydropower is the story of the Flathead Irrigation Project and the Flathead Lake Dam, two early twentieth-century enterprises whose consequences are still felt today on the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. The Flathead Irrigation Project was originally promoted by Sen. Joseph M. Dixon as benefiting the Flathead Reservation tribes, but it soon became a medium for using tribal funds and assets to benefit white homesteaders. Garrit Voggesser traces the history of natural resource conflicts on the reservation and recounts how competing interests fought at the expense of the tribes. In the 1920s and early 1930s a national controversy swirled around the dam site at the foot of Flathead Lake. The lease for the dam site was granted to the Montana Power Company over the objections of the tribes, but the tribes retained ownership and were able to negotiate from a position of strength fifty years later when the lease came up for renewal. Voggesser describes the struggles of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes that ultimately secured their control of reservation resources and helped to build a better future for tribal members.

Anglesey Railways Through Time (Paperback, Uk Ed.): Mike Hitches Anglesey Railways Through Time (Paperback, Uk Ed.)
Mike Hitches
R419 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A railway arrived on Anglesey in 1848, linking London and Dublin. It was the great railway engineer Robert Stephenson who ensured that the railway link to Ireland would run along the North Wales coast to Holyhead when he presented plans that overcame the engineering challenges associated with the route. A branch was subsequently built from Gaerwen to Amlwch after the LNWR absorbed the CHR. This Anglesey Central Railway was first opened in around 1865 and completed in 1867. The LNWR won the contract to carry the Royal Mail by rail, but it was the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company that carried the mails across the Irish Sea. The LNWR did, however, build a magnificent inner harbour in the 1880s. The railway still runs from London to Holyhead and boats continue to sail from Holyhead to Ireland, but today only the Llanfair P.G., Valley (which serves the RAF base) and Holyhead stations remain.

The Forgotten Country House - The Rise and Fall of Roundway Park (Hardcover): Simon Baynes The Forgotten Country House - The Rise and Fall of Roundway Park (Hardcover)
Simon Baynes
R740 R570 Discovery Miles 5 700 Save R170 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This fine Palladian house known as New Park was built between 1777 and 1783 and became part of the golden age of the Georgian country house. Its owner, James Sutton, was one of a new breed of landowners, benefitting from the proceeds of the boom in late eighteenth century trade and from local political influence. The house was a celebration of the dynamism and success of Georgian Devizes, built on its thriving wool trade. As neoclassicism became the defining style for the late eighteenth English country house, New Park, later re-named Roundway Park, perfectly represented the high ambition of the age, the product of the prestigious architect, James Wyatt, and landscape designer, Humphry Repton. Roundway continued to prosper in the Victorian and Edwardian eras under the ownership of the Colston family of Bristol fame. In 1938, on the death of Rosalind Colston, the first Lady Roundway, the house and estate were, on the surface, indistinguishable from their Victorian heyday. But just sixteen years later, the estate had been sold and the house largely demolished as the effects of family tragedy and the weight of social and economic change took their toll. The Forgotten Country House tells for the first time the story of Roundway's rise and fall, the people who built and owned it, lived and worked there, and the contribution they made to their local community. It paints a vivid picture of the lives of gentry families who far outnumbered their more aristocratic counterparts and who played a central role in the rural communities that characterised much of Britain up until the mid-twentieth century. Part family history, part love letter to the English country house, Simon Baynes draws on family papers and new research to pay a fitting, evocative tribute not just to his ancestors, but also to a lost world and the people who lived in it.

Tortilla Chronicles - Growing Up in Santa Fe (Hardcover): Tortilla Chronicles - Growing Up in Santa Fe (Hardcover)
R477 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A family memoir full of New Mexico flavor, "Tortilla Chronicles" serves up a hearty helping of the "City Different" from the perspective of the humble, hardworking Romeros, a family honored for its contributions to regional folk arts. Marie Romero Cash, herself a renowned artist, poignantly sketches each family member using his or her own voice. Their stories present a rare glimpse into the life of a traditional Hispano family and provide an antidote to typical nostalgic tourist accounts of 1950s Santa Fe.

One of the main characters is Santa Fe itself, and the narrative tours the city's streets, shops, plaza, and surrounding hills and arroyos in astounding detail. The ancestry and rituals of family life, the culture and religion of northern New Mexico, and the growth of a neighborhood and its children are all part of the recipe.

Secret Southampton (Paperback): Martin Brisland Secret Southampton (Paperback)
Martin Brisland
R418 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R78 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Southampton has been a major port on the Hampshire coast since the medieval period, and the development of the docks in the nineteenth century saw the town (it became a city in 1964) expand massively. Thornycroft established a shipbuilding yard for the Royal Navy in 1904 and the town's strategic importance led to it being a target for aerial bombardment in the Second World War, in which 70 per cent of the buildings in the centre were badly damaged or destroyed. Rebuilt after the war, Southampton is now a thriving, populous metropolitan area. In this book author Martin Brisland reveals the hidden history of Southampton, from the grisly locations of the Old Admiralty Gallows and other public executions at the Bargate to the medieval wine vaults beneath the streets that were used as air-raid shelters during the Second World War. Many notable characters have been associated with the city, including Benny Hill; Jane Austen; General Rosas, who helped create modern Argentina; and Admiral Jellicoe. As well as being the port of embarkation for the Titanic, the Pilgrim Fathers' Mayflower sailed from Southampton. All this and more features in Secret Southampton as the author explores the little-known history of the city.

Hythe History Tour (Paperback): Martin Easdown, Linda Sage Hythe History Tour (Paperback)
Martin Easdown, Linda Sage
R223 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R28 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hythe History Tour is a unique insight into the fascinating history of this attractive seaside town on the south-east coast of Kent and shows just how much it has changed during the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Readers are invited to follow local authors and historians Martin Easdown and Linda Sage as they guide them along its streets, canal-side and seafront, pointing out the well-known and lesser-known landmarks along the way.

The Salty Shore (Paperback, New Edition): John Leather The Salty Shore (Paperback, New Edition)
John Leather
R356 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Considered to be the saltiest shore in England, the Blackwater provides the background for John Leather's story of Essex seafaring. It is an accurate study of men and craft that have sailed form the small communities beside this broad estuary and river. It is a varied story where fishermen, bargemen, boatbuilders, sailmakers, wildfowlers and often smugglers join the sailing smacks and bages, brigs, bumkins and gunpunts in this workaday watery world. The great yachts are there too, and the local seamen who became captains and crews when summer cruising and racing, even to crossing the Atlantic in quest of the elusive America's Cup. Sailors of the sail, these men were of humble origin but proud of their skills and craft. Their traditions, independent outlook and everyday enjoyments have lingered to the present in the Blackwater's unique flavour of sail and oar.

Lancaster at War - life in the city in World War Two (Paperback): John Fidler Lancaster at War - life in the city in World War Two (Paperback)
John Fidler
R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From pre-war murmurings to postwar memorials, John Fidler's engaging account of Lancaster in World War II draws on first-hand recollections, newspaper articles and museum resources to tell the tale of how the city fared with dignity and resilience in this most difficult of times. * A wonderful insight into the character of the people of Lancaster * Perfect reading, whether for those old enough to remember, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the city * A great stocking filler or extra birthday gift!

Hampstead Heath - The Walker's Guide (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David McDowall, Deborah Wolton Hampstead Heath - The Walker's Guide (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David McDowall, Deborah Wolton
R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A walkers guide to Hampstead Heath, London, that contains information regarding the geology, ecology, and history of the terrain.

South Shields in 50 Buildings (Paperback): Caroline Barnsley South Shields in 50 Buildings (Paperback)
Caroline Barnsley
R418 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R78 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From its days as a booming coal-mining and shipbuilding port in the mid-nineteenth century through post-industrial decline and late twentieth-century regeneration, to its current status as a growing commercial centre and popular tourist destination, South Shields has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the town. South Shields in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the magnificent Edwardian town hall to the exciting new ventures such as The Word, this study celebrates the town's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way. Local author Caroline Barnsley guides the reader on a tour of South Shields' historic buildings and modern architectural marvels.

Lancashire: a journey into the wild (Paperback): John Lamb Lancashire: a journey into the wild (Paperback)
John Lamb
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This beautiful book is an exploration and celebration of modern Lancashire's unspoilt and lesser-known corners. Full of fascinating facts, figures and insights, complemented by many colour images, and produced to a very high standard, the book is designed to be both informative and lovely to look at. It is written in an accessible and lively style and will delight anyone who has an interest in the natural history of our region.

Feilden's Mersey - The Post-War Ship Photographs (Paperback): John Clarkson, Roy Fenton Feilden's Mersey - The Post-War Ship Photographs (Paperback)
John Clarkson, Roy Fenton
R235 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R58 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Basil Feilden was a gifted photographers who recorded Mersey shipping during its most glorious years. This album presents 127 of his best post-war images.

Brislington Ghosts and Mysteries (Paperback): Ken Taylor Brislington Ghosts and Mysteries (Paperback)
Ken Taylor
R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An anthology of 'true' stories about ghosts and other paranormal phenomena from Brislington, Arnos Vale and St Anne's in Bristol. This book provides details of two dozen haunted places, along with UFO sightings and white witch and local superstitions.

The Hill - An Illustrated Biography of Syracuse University, 1870-Present (Hardcover): John Robert Greene The Hill - An Illustrated Biography of Syracuse University, 1870-Present (Hardcover)
John Robert Greene
R948 R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Save R209 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Robert Greene captures the spirit, grandeur, and rich history of Syracuse University -- known as The Hill -- in this photographic journey, which spans SU's 130 years.

With over four hundred photographs compiled from archives and private collections -- many never before published, Greene draws on his own expertise as a historian and author of two previous books on the history of Syracuse University to tell a compelling story of a unique institution.

From the early founders to the greatest Orange athletes to the eclectically beautiful campus, The Hill illustrates the life history of this majestic institution. Greene portrays generation after generation of teachers, students, athletes, and benefactors who have graced its halls.

The book concludes with an enlightening interview with University Chancellor Kenneth Shaw in which Shaw reveals his vision for Syracuse University in the twenty-first century.

Alumni and friends of Syracuse University will find that this cherished volume evokes not only personal memories but an estimable pride worthy of this noble and enduring institution.

Bristol Under Siege - Surviving the Wartime Blitz (Paperback): Helen Reid Bristol Under Siege - Surviving the Wartime Blitz (Paperback)
Helen Reid
R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Bath History Tour (Paperback): Jenny Knight Bath History Tour (Paperback)
Jenny Knight
R196 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R22 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Bath History Tour offers a fascinating insight into the illustrious history of this beautiful city in Somerset. Author Jenny Knight guides us around its well-known streets and buildings, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they have changed over the years, as well as exploring its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Bath.

Whistler at Mottisfont (Paperback): Hugh Cecil, Mirabel Cecil Whistler at Mottisfont (Paperback)
Hugh Cecil, Mirabel Cecil
R165 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R42 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Blue Badge Guide's Edinburgh Quiz Book (Paperback): John A. Duncan The Blue Badge Guide's Edinburgh Quiz Book (Paperback)
John A. Duncan
R221 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R43 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Celebrating Edinburgh's diverse riches, this quiz book invites you to come on a wide-ranging exploration of Scotland's hilly capital. Peel away its many layers in the company of one of Edinburgh's top Blue Badge tourist guides. These 22 tours will inspire you, your family, colleagues and friends to leap from page to pavement in the entertaining company of a local expert. Have fun!

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
R281 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 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 Little History of Aberdeenshire (Hardcover): Duncan Harley The Little History of Aberdeenshire (Hardcover)
Duncan Harley
R341 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R69 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Duncan Harley takes the reader on a grand tour through Aberdeenshire's fascinating and rich history, culminating in a collection of stories and facts that will make you marvel at the events this county has witnessed. Read about the Beaker People, blue-painted Picts and the Roman legionnaires who tried, but ultimately failed to subdue the local populace. William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Donald Trump inhabit these pages alongside tales of Bloody Harlaw, the Herschip of Buchan and the battle of Mons Graupius. Discover the painter priest of Macduff, the English Dillinger, the famous diggers of Inverurie's George Square and the strange tale of how Lawrence of Arabia `got his scuds' over at Collieston. The Little History of Aberdeenshire is guaranteed to enthral both residents and visitors alike.

Skye - The Island and Its Legends (Paperback): Otta F. Swire Skye - The Island and Its Legends (Paperback)
Otta F. Swire
R261 R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Save R32 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a fabulous treasury of legend and wonder; tales of monsters who dwell in lakes, of small people who trap humans in earthen mounds where time stands still; of dark, shape- shifting spirits whose cloak of human form is betrayed by the sand and shells which fall from their hair. In the absence of a written tradition, for generations of Skianachs, these tales, handed down orally, contained the very warp and weft of Hebridean history. They take us far beyond Christian times, to the edge of the Iron Age, and interweave with threads from the wider Atlantic tradition of Gaelic heroic myth and legend.

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