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Bucknall to Cellarhead Through Time follows a short stretch of the A52 from the ancient village of Bucknall, at the edge of the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation, to Cellarhead in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Although often thought of as simply a route out of 'the city', this area, like everywhere else in England boasts a rich history. It is a journey of just four miles, beginning in densely populated Stoke and ending in the countryside of the Staffordshire Moorlands. Bucknall, which appeared in the Domesday Survey of 1088 as 'Buchnole', has a parish church and until relatively recently had both a railway station and a hospital. Today it is a residential area straddling the A52, which here is known as Werrington Road. Near the former site of The Brookhouse, right where the Causley Brook passes beneath the road, the A52 crosses from Stoke-on-Trent into the Staffordshire Moorlands. The road changes its name here to Ash Bank Road and climbs past Ash Hall to Werrington. Werrington has a church, shops and houses, an old windmill, telecommunications tower and young offenders' institution. On the far side of Werrington the road again changes its name and becomes Cellarhead Road. Our journey ends at Cellarhead crossroads, once famous for having a pub on each corner and now with no pub at all.
When the Clyde Ran Red paints a vivid picture of the heady days when revolution was in the air on Clydeside. Through the bitter strike at the huge Singer Sewing machine plant in Clydebank in 1911, Bloody Friday in Glasgow's George Square in 1919, the General Strike of 1926 and on through the Spanish Civil War to the Clydebank Blitz of 1941, the people fought for the right to work, the dignity of labour and a fairer society for everyone. They did so in a Glasgow where overcrowded tenements stood no distance from elegant tea rooms, art galleries, glittering picture palaces and dance halls. Red Clydeside was also home to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow Style and magnificent exhibitions showcasing the wonders of the age. Political idealism and artistic creativity were matched by industrial endeavor: the Clyde built many of the greatest ships that ever sailed, and Glasgow locomotives pulled trains on every continent on earth. In this book Maggie Craig puts the politics into the social context of the times and tells the story with verve, warmth and humour.
Redhill, a commuter town in Surrey, is located close to the North Downs, a ridge of chalk hills stretching from Farnham in Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent. As a quiet, picturesque getaway from the bustling life of the capital city, which is just over 20 miles away, Redhill is home to a lively railway station that serves the rest of the county as an important junction. With parts of the town in Victorian build, Redhill provides both residents and visitors with an area steeped in history that is pleasant on the eye also. Reigate, situated almost immediately next door to Redhill, is an equally attractive market town at the foot of the North Downs. Colley Hill, around a mile north of the town, is the sixth tallest point in Surrey - Reigate Hill follows closely behind. Once based around railway expansion and the work of windmills, today Reigate is centred on Bell Street and High Street where shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and Priory Park are situated nearby. Join Surrey enthusiast Roy Douglas on this fascinating journey through time to see all that has changed and all that has stayed the same in Redhill and Reigate.
In the eighteenth century Claremont was among the most famous landscape gardens in Europe. From 1714 it was the home of the leading politician Thomas, Duke of Newcastle, who employed many of the greatest architects and designers of the period, including John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman and William Kent, to transform the landscape. Many of their creations remain, such as the unique turf Amphitheatre, and the Grotto, Belvedere, Bowling Green and lake. For Newcastle and his wife, Claremont was a much-loved refuge from the pressures of public life. Claremont was later briefly owned by Robert Clive of India. It was also the playground of royal princesses. During the Regency, George IV's only child, Princess Charlotte, trotted round the garden in her pony cart. Her happy married life at Claremont was cut tragically short in 1817. As a child, Queen Victoria ran and jumped amongst the flowers. During the 1920s, Claremont was threatened by housing development, but in 1947 the National Trust managed to rescue the core of the historic estate. Richly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and a bird's-eye view, this new guidebook describes the development of an influential garden and introduces the fascinating figures who made their home here. Portraits and numerous quotations from their letters and diaries tell the stories behind the garden and help bring it alive.
Nobody ever forgets their first sight of Blickling. The breath-taking red-brick gabled mansion and ancient yews sit at the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park in the beautiful Bure meadows. The completeness of the estate is just one of the things that sets Blickling apart. Its story can be traced over a thousand years, during which Blickling has been the scene of many historic events, and yet its landscape has changed little and is quintessentially Norfolk. The mansion was built, modified and embellished to reflect the status of its owners, the high- ranking and politically heavyweight Hobarts. While the house has been remodelled and added to over the centuries, each owner that wrought significant change kept in view the achievements of those who went before and honoured the vision that the first Hobart had for the estate. Outside, the formal garden is the result of three centuries of inspired planting, and the gently undulating parkland is full of history, lost buildings, stunning views and abundant wildlife. After centuries of change the last century arguably had the greatest consequence for Blickling. After two world wars, the physical and political landscape of this country had irrevocably changed. Philip Kerr, 11th Marquess of Lothian, played a vital role in preserving the estates that might have been broken up and sold off. Blickling was the first gift of its kind to the National Trust and the nation, and one that keeps giving.
Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens. The perfect place to escape from it all and enjoy a great, full day out, there's so much to see and do at Fountains. Set your own pace to explore over 800 acres of naturally beautiful countryside, with ten historic buildings to discover spanning 800 years of history and acre after acre of open space.
Pubs were an important part of our social history because they were, and still are to some extent, the working man's front parlour. In the pub or beer house our ancestors could meet with their friends, with an endless supply of liquid refreshment to dull their senses and blot out the misery of their daily grind.The pubs of Nuneaton were, and still are, a resort of comfort in times of relaxation, in distress and marital infidelity. Back then they became political headquarters, a home of sporting clubs and friendly societies and a venue for entertainments such as darts and dominoes - which were all taken seriously. Pub-goers, like actors on a stage, played out their part at the bar as the soap opera of their lives was forgotten. In Nuneaton Pubs, Peter Lee explores how public houses thrive today, with a new clientele, new decor, and different (or indifferent) beer, and shows that the pub continues to form an essential and integral part of the history and social fabric of our towns.
When the Romans invaded Scotland they constructed a fort in Cramond, a suburb of modern Edinburgh, near their frontier, the Antonine Wall. When the Romans retreated, the area was much fought over by the Angles of Northumbria and the Picts, with Edinburgh held by the Kingdom of Northumbria until the tenth century, before it was passed back to the Scots. The site of Edinburgh Castle is believed to have housed a military fort since the Roman invasion. By the twelfth century a defensive Royal household was developed on the site by King David I, and the importance of Edinburgh grew, leading to the castle becoming the most besieged in the whole of the United Kingdom. The Lang Siege of 1571 would have a devastating effect on Edinburgh. With Scotland in the grip of a civil war, opposing forces fought for control of both the town and its castle for almost two years. Edinburgh Castle was eventually taken, but with both the castle and many of the town's buildings completely destroyed, massive rebuilding work was required. After centuries of peace Edinburgh once again experienced the devastating effects of war when it was bombed during the First World War. Many remnants of Edinburgh's military past can be found today, with the castle being one of the main tourist attractions in the country. The one o'clock gun has been fired from Edinburgh Castle since 1861 and the castle houses the National War Museum, the Scottish National War Memorial, The Royal Scots and The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museums, and remains the headquarters for the Royal Regiment of Scotland, with parts of the castle still operating as a military base. The author discusses all this and more in this illustrated look at Edinburgh's military history.
Central London is encircled by some of the finest railway architecture in the world. The great termini were built to impress, they were bold exclamation marks at the end of the line, announcing the railway's and the passenger's arrival in the capital. As Sir John Betjeman once said, 'If the station houses are the equivalent of parish churches, then the termini are the cathedrals of the railway age.' Each one has its own distinctive character, and despite the passage of time they have much to offer. John Christopher examines the principal termini in a clockwise order, starting with Victoria in the west, then Paddington and along the Euston Road to include Marylebone, Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross, with Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street to the east, before continuing back along the north bank of the Thames for Cannon Street, Blackfriars (Holborn Viaduct) and Charing Cross. South of the river there are London Bridge and Waterloo.
Oxford is one of the jewels of European architecture, much loved and much visited. The city offers an unparallelled collection of the best of English building through the centuries. Matthew Rice's Oxford is a feast of delightful watercolour illustrations and an informed and witty text, explaining how the city came into being and what to look out for today. While the focus is on architectural detail, Rice also describes how the city has been shaped by its history, most of all by generations of patrons who had the education and the resources to commission work from the greatest architects and builders of their day, an astonishing range of which still stands. More than anywhere else in England, it is possible in Oxford to take in the history of English architecture simply by walking today's streets, lanes, parks and meadows. 'A lovely book extensively illustrated with his idiosyncratic and witty watercolours' Daily Telegraph on Building Norfolk. 'His pictures sing from the page. Unlike photographs, the medium allows him to 'emphasise, exclude or exaggerate', and its washes are ideal for rendering, say, the uneven colour of a wall of carrstone. Architectural features have annotations in the author's own hand, and these can range from the witty to exasperated' World of Interiors on Building Norfolk
The Yorkshire fishing town of Whitby, close to the spectacular scenery of the North York Moors, has attracted visitors for centuries. The ruins of the famous abbey overlooking the town are on one of the earliest Christian sites in the country, and later became famous as the setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Whitby was an important fishing port, including the whaling industry, and its colliery vessels played a significant part in the coal trade along the coast, on which Captain Cook spent his early years. The Victorian craze for the mineral jet, found in deposits around Whitby, also played a major role in the local industry. Today Whitby is still an active port and fishing town, with a new marina, as well as a popular tourist destination. A-Z of Whitby delves into the history of this Yorkshire coastal town, revealing interesting and significant moments. It highlights well-known landmarks, famous residents and digs beneath the surface to uncover some of the lesser-known facts about Whitby and its hidden gems. This fascinating A-Z tour of Whitby is fully illustrated and will appeal to all those with an interest in this popular seaside town.
From beautiful eighteenth century houses to ugly concrete tower blocks Walworth Through Time welcomes you to explore the long and fruitful history of this area of South London, first mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086. Once described as the 'Farm of Briton' by the Anglo-Saxons, the Walworth of today is a built-up sprawling urban area of shops, markets, churches, pubs, historic buildings and housing estates, with green spaces at a premium. It is also the birthplace of Hollywood legend Charlie Chaplin and of Charles Babbage, who is acknowledged as the father of the modern computer and it's also home to a 1961 bronze by sculptor Henry Moore. Using a mixture of photographs from personal archives, as well from the local history library, this book reveals a forever changing and welcoming area, where if you look carefully enough, you find forgotten gems and fascinating glimpses into its past.
Eccles is a town in the City of Salford, whose development is closely related to the establishment of the parish church of St Mary, c. 1100, and from which it takes its name. The town's economy shifted away from agriculture with the industrial revolution and the construction of textile mills, of which some survive. Famous for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway of 1830, the world's first passenger service, the line is also noted for the first recorded accident, with the death of politician William Huskisson at Eccles. Today the town is a mix of surviving Victorian architecture and modern tower blocks. Swinton is also in the City of Salford and the seat of Salford City Council. Originally a hamlet specialising in pig farming, from which its name is taken, Swinton is now a commuter town, close to Manchester city centre. Like Eccles, farming gave way to mills, industry and coal mining, with important road and railway links seeing the development of Swinton Park, as documented in Eccles & Swinton Through Time.
This attractive London suburb is known from many references in popular culture, frequent appearances on film and television and, of course, as the starting point of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Recorded as Putelei in the Domesday Book, it has many historic associations, not least as the birthplace of Thomas Cromwell and post-war Prime Minister Clement Attlee. Putney's very first bridge, a toll bridge opened in 1729, was once the only Thames bridge between London and Kingston and led to the development of nearby Roehampton as a desirable residential area. Putney is well supplied with open spaces, such as Putney Common, and for centuries it was the place to which Londoners flocked to play games and enjoy the clean air. Putney Heath was a mute witness to notorious duels between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, and Queen Elizabeth I was a frequent visitor to the area from 1579 to 1603. Today the London suburb is changing, and this photographic tour provides an insightful comparison between Putney and Roehampton past and present.
Bagnall, Endon, Stanley and Stockton Brook are situated to the north-east of the Potteries conurbation in North Staffordshire and form a rough triangle pointing towards Leek. The busy A53 passes through Stockton Brook and Endon carrying traffic between Stoke-on-Trent and Leek, and also conveying many of the residents of the area to work. Despite being relatively affluent dormitory settlements, Stockton Brook and Endon do still manage to retain much of their village feel. Stanley, Bagnall and the original Endon village are on quieter backwaters and are therefore more rural still. There is virtually no industry apart from livestock farming in the area and such industry that was developed in the nineteenth century has now disappeared. This area's main interest lies in its ancient churches and farm buildings, its eighteenth-century canal and nineteenth-century railway and reservoir, not forgetting its popular and well-attended Well Dressing event, held every year since 1845. Bagnall, Endon, Stanley and Stockton Brook Through Time guides you on a nostalgic tour of these four North Staffordshire villages.
In these days of ubiquitous, non-stop media and information you would think that there were few secrets anywhere left to reveal: but when it comes to Harrogate there remain a surprising number of facts and idiosyncrasies which, over the years, have remained obscure, to say the least. Secret Harrogate is an historical journey through one of England's most visited towns, unearthing nuggets of its early history and spectacular development into one of Europe's foremost spas. This book reveals and unravels scores of fascinating and little-known details about Harrogate that will fascinate and inform its many visitors as well as its current inhabitants, many of whom probably thought they knew it all. The book gives a unique perspective on the many less-obvious aspects of Harrogate's history and will go a long way to explaining why today's Harrogate is as it is, and how it may develop in the future.
15 June 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in the water meadows of Runnymede. The 'great charter of liberties' sent ripples round the world. It influenced the political debates surrounding the English Civil War and the American Declaration of Independence. And it still shapes our ideas about human rights today. At the heart of Runnymede stands the Ankerwycke yew, a tree that was already ancient when King John and the barons met here. Runnymede is a landscape of commemoration: from the Lutyens lodges and the Commonwealth Air Forces memorial to the J.F. Kennedy monument. It is also a landscape of pleasure. Visitors came for the Egham races in the nineteenth century and still come to picnic by the river bank. In this new guidebook, Ben Cowell explains how and why Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede and explores its legacy. He also describes the campaign in the 1920s to save this precious place for everyone.
Michael Rouse's photographic tour of the West Norfolk coast takes us from the Victorian vision of Hunstanton - with its spectacular coloured cliffs - to the salt marshes of Stiffkey and Cley-next-the-Sea. It's a journey back in time to the small ports of Burnham Overy Staithe, Brancaster Staithe and Blakeney, now so popular with weekend sailors, and then onward to the wonderful beaches and bustling quayside of Wells-next-the-Sea. This updated and fully revised edition of Hunstanton & Wells-next-the-Sea, with a century's worth of images, tells the story of the holiday industry and the economic fortunes of the English seaside. This is a coastline rich in history with an ever-changing shoreline but one constant theme - the dramatic, ongoing battle with the relentless North Sea.
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.
Winds of Change in a Sleepy Sussex Village depicts aspects of the lives of well-known people such as Sir Hubert and Lady Maud Parry, and the Garrett family (including sisters Millicent Fawcett, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Agnes Garrett, along with their cousin Rhoda Garrett), especially regarding women's suffrage. We delve into Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie, who based his characters on families here in Rustington. Who in the village was related to royalty? Which infamous character regularly stayed at the vicarage and what developments occurred as a result? What happened of importance in the village just prior to D-Day? All is revealed in this book by Mary Taylor B.E.M. and her son Graeme, showing that this so-called sleepy village is anything but!
Hartlepool's history is steeped shipbuilding, steel-making and fishing the sea; West Hartlepool and 'old' Hartlepool are the two towns which grew up to foster these industries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This fascinating book describes and depicts the intriguing story of the two towns and the people who worked the fish quays, shipyards and steel mills, or supported and serviced the workforces in their shops, factories, schools and pubs. If you want a nostalgic and illuminating pictorial history of West Hartlepool and Hartlepool, Seaton, Blackhall and Crimdon, then this does it all for you over ninety-six pages and 200 pictures.
The area around Hoyland is very special indeed. Developed over 1,000 years, it is a microcosm of agricultural, architectural and industrial development, whose historical significance is without equal. Some of the buildings found here are of a quality which can be found nowhere else in England. This delightful collection by local historian Geoffrey Howse, whose great-grandparent's shop gave Elsecar the name `Howse's Corner', includes many rare antique photographs of the area, each set alongside an image of the same view today. Deeply nostalgic and meticulously researched, it will delight residents and visitors alike.
Celebrated by writers from Petrarch to Peter Mayle, Provence's rugged mountains, wild maquis and lavender-filled meadows are world-famous. Historic cities like Arles, Avignon and Aix contain Roman amphitheatres, papal palaces and royal residences, while market towns and picturesque villages maintain age-old traditions of wine producing and agriculture. From the highland towns of Digne and Sisteron to the marshy expanse of the Camargue, Provence encompasses a rich variety of landscapes. Martin Garrett explores a region littered with ancient monuments and medieval castles. Looking at the vibrant dockside ambiance of Marseille and the luminous atmosphere of the Luberon, he considers how writers like Mistral and Daudet have captured the character of a place and its people. He traces the development of Provence as a Roman outpost, medieval kingdom and modern region of France, revealing through its landmarks the people and events that have shaped its often tumultuous history. Through its architecture, literature and popular culture, this book analyzes and celebrates the identity of a region famous for its pastis and petanque. Linking the past to the present, it also evokes the intense light and sun-baked stones that have attracted generations of painters and writers. Land Of Emperors And Popes: Roman temples and theatres; the Palace of the Popes; the Kings of Provence; troubadours, gypsies and bullfights. Land Of Painters And Poets: Petrarch and Avignon; Daudet's windmill; Mistral and Provencal culture; Van Gogh and Cezanne, artists of light and darkness. Land Of Mountains And Water: Ventoux and the Montagne St. Victoire; the mighty Rhone; Marseille and the Mediterranean.
Falkirk's strategic location, midway between Edinburgh and Glasgow at the crossroads of lowland Scotland, has been the main influence on the town's development and has contributed to its key role in Scotland's history. The Romans were the first to make a significant mark on the district, William Wallace and Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the English nearby, cattle were driven from all over Scotland to the great trysts in the area, central Scotland's canals came together at Camelon, and local foundries fuelled the Industrial Revolution. Using old images juxtaposed with modern photography, in Falkirk Through Time author Jack Gillon explores how the town has changed and developed over the years. Today Falkirk has a bustling town centre focused on its pedestrianised High Street and boasts popular tourist attractions such as the new Helix Park, Falkirk Wheel and the breathtaking Kelpie statues, all of which complement and build upon its industrial heritage.
Broadstairs is rightly known as 'the jewel in Thanet's crown'. This most easterly, quintessentially English seaside resort exudes much charm. Its sandy beaches provide wonderful opportunities for family bathing. Late Regency and more predominantly Victorian or Edwardian buildings reflect growth following railway expansion. Historically, the town's name was linked to broad stairs which were cut into steep cliffs above its shoreline, leading to an ancient religious shrine. A fishing village with smuggling activities is all that existed in Georgian times. By 1815 it was here that the exultant news of victory at Waterloo first reached our country. Later in the nineteenth century Charles Dickens frequented the borough. There are two museums relating to his life and great works. Festivals marking his visits along with food fetes enliven summer gaiety. All these vivid scenes are pictured within this collection of scenes, past and present. They are a colourful illustration of how time has kindly preserved and simply enhanced this Kentish gem.
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