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Artisan Edinburgh is the culmination of interviews and studio visits with some of the city's finest makers, giving a unique insight into their individual workspaces and the inspirations behind their craft. From ceramicists to weavers, silversmiths to kiltmakers, here traditional methods blend with modern, cutting-edge techniques to create wonderful and unique objets d'art.
Longton is, and always has been, 'a desirable place to live'. In 2004, the village is hugely popular with those looking to enjoy a good quality of life, while still being close to the city of Preston. The Longton of today, however, is largely a product of the latter half of the twentieth century, and it is only by piecing together the available historical information that its original heart can be recreated. It is a skilled and daunting task but Longton author Marjorie Searson has sifted through the archives and done just this in her excellent new book, "Longton in the Nineteenth Century". The book cleverly creates in the reader's mind an image of the layout of the village and of the lives of the people who lived and worked there. At the same time, the author puts this small rural settlement into the wider context of the time, looking at developments in agriculture, the cotton industry, health and education. The result is a well-written and beautifully produced volume which is a must for all Longtonians and Lancastrians everywhere.
Poole is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and the port itself has a long trading history dating back to Roman times. It is still a working port, particularly on the southern side, where many half-constructed Sunseeker yachts can be seen. This side also includes a ferry terminal and container port. On the northern side a fishermen's dock nestles incongruously adjacent to a yachting marina, which houses many luxurious vessels, most of which would have been built across the water. The Quay and Old Town contain numerous cobbled streets and alleyways with historic buildings, some dating back to the fifteenth century. Many of the town's pubs are situated in these areas and their chequered maritime history, including pirates and smugglers, is reflected in these pubs. In Poole Pubs author Andrew Jackson takes the reader on a fascinating journey through Poole's watering holes. Many of the pubs have retained features and traditions of previous ages, and he reveals the variety of Poole's pubs today including the characters that have frequented or run the public houses over the years. Brimming with quirky tales and intriguing facts, this carefully crafted guide initiates readers into the history of Poole's pubs.
Orkney lies only 20 miles north of mainland Scotland, yet for many centuries its culture was more Scandanavian than Scottish. Strong westerly winds account for the scarcity of trees on Orkney and also for the tradition of well-constructed stone structures. As a result, the islands boast a large number of exceptionally well-preserved remains, which help us to form a detailed picture of Orcadian life through the ages. Sites and remains to be explored include settlements from the Stone Age, stone circles and burials from the Bronze Age, Iron Age brochs, Viking castles, the magnificent cathedral of St Magnus in Kirkwall, Renaissance palaces, a Martello tower from the Napoleonic Wars and numerous remains from the Second World War. In this updated edition of her best-selling book, Caroline Wickham-Jones, whow has worked extensively on Orcadian sites for many years, introduces the history of the islands and provides a detailed survey of the principal places and sites of historic interest.
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.
Steeped in history and rich in wildlife, Essex is truly a hidden gem among Britain's counties. Its 350-mile coastline has everything from vibrant seaside towns to crumbling cliffs, lonely salt marshes and secret islands. Meander inland along gentle rivers into countryside that has inspired artists across the centuries. Along the way discover ancient forests, picturesque villages with quaint cottages, historic market towns and thousands of years of history. In this book professional landscape photographer Justin Minns brings together a superb collection of images that reflect the beauty, essence and spirit of Essex. From countryside to coastline and through centuries and seasons, Essex in Photographs highlights the endless visual splendour and contrasting treasures of the county.
First hailed as a wonder of the new industrial world, to later 19th-century commentators the term 'Ancoats' in Manchester, UK became synonymous with dark satanic mills and urban poverty. This book intends to raise awareness of the wide range and varied character of the historic mills, buildings and canals which constitute the Ancoats townscape, and the forces and trends which have contributed to its appearance. It outlines, through its buildings, how the area and its community have evolved over the last two and a half centuries. In addition to the local person interested in his or her city and its history, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in the growth of towns and cities, and in social history and the legacy of socio-economic, industrial and technological change within the built environment. It will also be of interest to planners and conservation officers dealing with regeneration issues.
No satisfactory explanation has been given for the burial of a large Saxon gold hoard found in Hammerwich, Staffordshire in 2009. Speculation on who buried the treasure has led to many ideas based on battles, warriors and plundering kings. An alternative vision is given with greater emphasis placed on the religious items, the early church at Lichfield and the amassing of artwork in religious houses from the seventh century onwards. The Christian pieces are explained in new ways and the gold is discussed from the point of view of a Churl, Monk, Bishop, Warrior and King. An argument is presented based on available evidence to suggest why the hoard was buried and who possibly might have buried the precious items in despair. Archaeology, local history, Saxon beliefs and historical events are brought together to give a new way of seeing the Staffordshire Hoard.
Attingham Park, built for the 1st Lord Berwick in 1785, was owned by the same family for more than 160 years. As their fortunes rose and fell, they proved themselves to be spenders, savers and saviours. Highlights include the atmospheric dining room, set for an evening banquet, and the contrasting decoration of the delicate feminine Boudoir with the rich, opulent textiles of the masculine Octagon Room. Outside, the walled garden and many park walks offer further delights. The mansion, set in beautiful parkland designed to impress, is at the heart of this great estate between Shrewsbury and the River Severn.
'The Fair City' of Perth is aptly named. Situated on the banks of Scotland's longest river, the Tay, Perth and its surrounding area boast some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Perth was once the capital of Scotland and there are many interesting historical sights to visit. The jewel in the crown, though, is undoubtedly Scone Palace on the outskirts of town. Scone was the home of the Stone of Destiny for nearly 500 years, and the site where every Scottish king was crowned. Its position on the River Tay ensured that Perth became a busy trading port, exporting salmon and wool and importing claret from Bordeaux. Its bustling harbour remains in use, the only inland harbour in Britain. Today, Perth is a major tourist centre and important staging post on the route north to the Highlands of Scotland. As such, it boasts many shops, bars and restaurants as well as a thriving arts and cultural scene. Join author Jack Gillon as he shows how the city has changed and how much of its proud heritage remains.
As an island of 715 square kilometres off the north-west coast of Wales, Anglesey has a fascinating history. Separated from the mainland by the narrow Menai Strait, the island's complex geological foundations include some of the oldest rocks in Wales. Standing stones and burial chambers are evidence of human settlement from the earliest times, before the Roman invasion of the Celtic Anglesey. Over the centuries Anglesey has had many different faces, from its holy places, agricultural villages and local industries, to its seaside resorts and bustling towns. Today the island is joined to the mainland by two iconic nineteenth-century bridges - Thomas Telford's Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, originally built by Robert Stephenson. In Secret Anglesey Geraint Wyn Hughes reveals the often hidden history of Anglesey, exploring the lesser-known episodes and characters in the story of the island through the centuries. With tales of often tucked-away places and unusual people, and fully illustrated throughout, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this island in north-west Wales.
Sussex is a mostly rural county, with rolling hills in the South Downs National Park, comprising ancient farmland of patchwork fields with sheep grazing the hillside. It includes the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ancient villages, churches and castles. It also has a long stretch of rural and urban coastline, and a thriving community of seafront towns with a history in the fishing and maritime industry. Sussex in Photographs features local landmarks of both natural and man-made origin. The Sussex countryside is peaceful, and its views over the glacial valleys of the South Downs National Park are breathtaking. This book will take you through its ancient Saxon villages right through to the modern city streets of Brighton and Hove. These photographs capture Sussex in all seasons and all weathers, showing a county vibrant in colour and beautiful tranquillity.
Original tales by remarkable writers Hometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home. In these pages on the South Coast, you'll find two unique tales. 'Margate Calling' is an intimate, honest and inspiring account of living in Margate by award-winning BBC broadcaster Gemma Cairney. 'Maisie and Mrs Webster' is a bold, fiercely funny and deeply moving piece of fiction about an obese young woman who is confined to her bed and longs to see the sea, by Brighton-based playwright Judy Upton.
Bangor, in the county of Gwynedd and historically a part of Caernarfonshire, has a rich and ancient past, recorded in the pages of this book. Bangor means 'a wattled enclosure' in old Welsh and the city is one of the smallest in Britain, with almost half its population Welsh-speaking. Bangor has a university, founded in 1884 and a cathedral, whose bishopric is one of the oldest in Britain, with its origins in the sixth century. It allegedly has the longest High Street in Wales and singer and actress Duffy was born here. The city has hosted the National Eisteddfod eight times. Nearby, the Penrhyn Slate Quarry at Bethesda has exported its products across the world. Within the boundaries of Gwynedd, the National Park of Snowdonia, its beautiful and breathtaking panoramas and scenic towns and villages are also represented here: Ogwen Valley, Nant Ffrancon Pass, Llanberis, Caernarfon, Llanfairfechan, Penmaenmawr, Anglesey and the Menai Strait.
Northampton Memories brings together the recollections of people from various parts of the town and from a range of different age groups. It includes memories of home and family life, the local shops and market, experiences of wartime rationing, memories of local businesses, education, parks and play areas, of travelling to and fro on the local transport services, memories of the old dance halls and events, and of how the town itself has changed throughout the years. Join Christine Jones and the town's residents as they take a trip down memory lane.
Salisbury is often described as 'the city in the countryside'. Home to a stunning early English Gothic cathedral containing the world's oldest working clock, the tallest spire in Britain and one of four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta, it is easy to see why this popular Wiltshire destination was recently declared one of the top ten cities to visit in the world by a leading guidebook publisher. Originally known as New Sarum, the medieval city we know today was established in 1220 following the momentous move from Old Sarum - the bishops and burgesses decided to come down from the hilltop and found a new city in the water meadows. Follow authors Carol Dixon-Smith and Catherine Essenhigh as they take a fascinating look at how Salisbury's streets, buildings and enterprises have changed over the years, highlighting the importance of these changes to its citizens.
Mansfield has seen many changes over the year. Influenced by its industrial past of coal mining and textiles, it still thrives as a market town. Drawing from The Old Mansfield Society's vast archive, this book presents historical images of Mansfield paired with the same scenes in more recent years, to highlight the changes that the area has seen. With an introduction and informative captions, will be of interest to anyone curious about the area's history.
Volume Eight begins with a family holiday, probably the only time in which the whole family, including grandchildren, spent a long time together (May-June 1846). The destination was the Isle of Wight where they had an enjoyable sojourn of five weeks, although Margaret's poor health precluded her doing much walking. Much of the volume covers property matters and the Hunt Trust. The summer of 1847 did not include a holiday, but as a substitute, Francis and Margaret spent nine days with the Hunt family in Stoke Doyle, Northamptonshire, and of course much Trust business was discussed. The following year saw their holiday, with a four-week break in North Wales. From 1848 onwards Margaret's health went into a severe decline. Missing diaries result in us knowing little of what happened between November 1848 and December 1849, but from that point onwards Margaret became bed-bound and by the end of this volume she was lying at death's door. Volume Eight is interesting for depth of detail. The Irish Potato Famine is covered, although not in as much detail as one may have imagined.There is also the say news of the death of Frederick Howell, in South Africa, killed in a conflict with Hottentots. Frederick was the eldest son of Thomas Howell, Francis Witt's closest friend.
Norwich is not only one of the most attractive cities in England, it is also one of the most historically significant, with a proud heritage dating all the way back to the Iceni, who bravely fought the Roman invasion. At the time of the Norman Conquest, Norwich was the largest city in England after London and until the Industrial Revolution was the capital of the most populous county in the country. Much of this rich and vibrant past is still in evidence today. Author Michael Chandler takes the reader on their very own A-Z tour around the city's history, exploring the nooks and crannies that have made Norwich what it is today, and relating many a fascinating tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with stunning photographs from the past and present, this new guide to the town's history will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
'I don't know any tract of land in which in so narrow a compass may be found an equal variety of sublime and beautiful features'. So said the poet Wordsworth of England's Lake District, an area as rich in cultural associations as it is in beautiful scenery. Hunter Davies, who has spent every summer in the Lake District for nearly half a century, takes the reader on an engaging, informative and affectionate tour of the lakes, fells, traditions, denizens and history of England's most popular tourist destination. From the first discovery of Lakeland as a tourist destination in the 18th century, to the tale of the Maid of Buttermere, to the poet Coleridge's ascent of Scafell Pike in 1802, to such enduring local traditions as Cumberland wrestling and hound trailing, Hunter Davies brings England's Lake District memorably and informatively to life.
Durham City is a remarkable place, a priceless historical gem and, deservedly, a World Heritage Site. Over 1,000 years Durham's great beauty and history has inspired many architectural descriptions and guides. This book follows in their footsteps but then takes a different path. Wandering through the cathedral's darkened cloisters, the city's narrow medieval streets and the river's winding pathways, Secret City of Durham is one man's view of this famed peninsula - an occasionally quirky tour through history that looks beyond the iconic architecture and behind the fascinating jumble of city buildings. The author peels back their facades to reveal the bewildering changes and on the way points out the lesser-known facts and characters associated with them. What points the way to Durham Cathedral and St Cuthbert's tomb and where can it be found? Who lived in Windy Gap? Why St Mary-the-'Less'? Secret City of Durham answers these fascinating questions and many more in a modern pilgrimage through the city.
In the early eighteenth century, Lochee consisted of a small community of weavers who had settled along the banks of a burn. By the late eighteenth century, such was the growth of industry in the area that, a few decades later, Lochee firm Cox Brothers' Camperdown Works had become the largest jute factory in the world, employing some 5,000 people. This booming industry saw the local population rise, bolstered by Irish immigrants, many of whose descendants still live in the locality today. Despite becoming part of Dundee in 1859, Lochee has always maintained its separate identity. Indeed, the post-war years saw Lochee expand as new housing schemes effectively gave the suburb suburbs of its own. This compilation of images follows Lochee through this rich and fascinating history and captures an area currently looking to the future with an ambitious regeneration scheme.
Mansfield Through Time offers a cameo glimpse of a town whose character and identity has, over the last few hundred years, been moulded, modified and tempered by coal mining and the Industrial Revolution. This ancient market town evolved into Nottinghamshire's second largest town, a strategic trading hub from which roads radiate to all cardinal points. With the surrounding area rich in coal deposits and bountiful farmland, corn and textile milling developed alongside a rapidly expanding beer brewing industry. The latter half of the twentieth century, however, witnessed the demise of both the coal mines and breweries. Engineering companies shut down and the mills closed their doors permanently. The town, to a large extent, reverted to its commercial roots, as it strived towards the regeneration of prosperity lost to the influences of multinational economics. Much of Mansfield's past, previously invested in transient buildings and structures, now only exists as sepia images stored in archives. This book offers a comparative and nostalgic look at how the town has changed through time.
A new town established in the 1800s, Colwyn Bay thrived with the coming of the railway, growing over the last century into one of the largest communities in North Wales. In Secret Colwyn Bay, local author Graham Roberts takes the reader off the beaten track and into the less well-known episodes of the town's history. From tales of famous and infamous characters, strange events and hidden architectural gems, this new book will prove to be a must-have for everyone's bookshelf, appealing not only to local residents with a keen interest in the history of Colwyn Bay but also to the many visitors and holidaymakers who wish to learn more about this fascinating and historical corner of north Wales.
Concentrates on the Bute West, Bute East and Roath Docks, from their beginnings in the 1840s, through the boom years of the 1950s and '60s to the period of redevelopment and modernisation. This book includes 300 photographs and maps.
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