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Scottish Family Legends is a treasure trove of true tales written by people from all over Scotland. These stories were collected by Scottish Book Trust as part of a nationwide project to encourage people to get writing, inspired by their remarkable relatives. These tales recall lives domestic and military, urban and rural, work-a-day and extraordinary - but never boring! Bursting with drama, heartache, celebration, character, warmth, gratitude, love and loss, Scottish Family Legends is a celebration of the people, places and events that make up our collective heritage - it is truly a book to be treasured.
Rudyard Kipling loved Batemans. It was his personal paradise, where he wrote some of his most famous works and enjoyed quiet family life free from the demands of fame. The atmospheric 17th-century house has changed little since his time and nestles modestly in the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald. This guidebook uncovers the lives of the Kiplings and their staff at Bateman's.
...scattered heaps of stone, so thoroughly collapsed but still so numerous, mysterious & challenging ...This unique and engaging book takes the reader back in time, on a journey into the forgotten lives of Lancashire's lost hill-farming communities. In the space of little more than five square miles, there used to be nearly fifty farms, upon which hundreds of men, women and children depended. Then, almost overnight, the march of 'progress' robbed them of their homes and livelihoods, leaving behind a landscape frozen in time, with crumbling buildings and lonely vestiges of human habitation. Local author David Clayton has located all the remains of the old farmsteads that were the beating heart of life and work for generations of farming folk, and he reveals why it all ended so suddenly. Skilfully combining his intimate knowledge of all of the farms and most of the families with testimony from surviving diaries and other documents, he paints an intriguing, often poignant, picture of a way of life that now exists only as a memory. Presented in the form of a gentle tour that can be undertaken either from the comfort of an armchair or by wandering around the ruins, Lost farms of Brinscall Moors is a journey of exploration and discovery that will appeal to anyone interested in the history of both the local area and the county of Lancashire.
This book combines a fascinating selection of 180 modern and archive images that trace some of the many ways in which Haxby, Wigginton, Strensall, Huntington and New Earswick have changed and developed over the last century. This book tells the fascinating stories of five villages situated to the north of the city of York. This revised edition of Villages Around York Through Time will give residents and visitors alike a unique glimpse of how their village used to look. Looking in particular at the development of schools and churches in Haxby and Huntington, and at Strensall's historic association with the army, this book also explores the impact of the Foss Navigation and the pioneering, visionary work of the Joseph Rowntree Trust that resulted in the opening of the new Joseph Rowntree School in 2010. Join Paul Chrystal as he takes a closer look at these historic villages.
Using beautiful and carefully selected photographs, Woolton Through Time documents the changing face of this scenic village. By contrasting archive and contemporary images the reader is shown how the area has developed over the last 100 years. By creating his own insightful captions for each set of photographs, the author has provided his own personal view on the town that he grew up in. From the heights of the stately Woolton Hall to the depths of Woolton Wood, the author gives the reader a nostalgic look into his home town. Woolton has seen and been influenced by many changes over the years, including the historic meeting of Paul McCartney and John Lennon in St Peter's church hall. The village is still in the midst of change. Serving as both a practical guidebook and a sentimental commemoration for the residents of the village, this book highlights Woolton as a village with a rich and intriguing history. This is the fully up-to-date version of Woolton Through Time.
Chapel-en-le-Frith was founded in 1225, when foresters in the Royal Forest of the Peak were allowed to build a chapel in the forest. Buildings which have survived to the present time tell of a market town that developed into an important stopping place on trans-Pennine routes and played a major role in the history of transport. In the gritstone hills that surround the town, there is a remarkable concentration of ancient halls, as well as a wealth of unspoilt hamlets. As well as highlighting how changes in lifestyle have impacted on the appearance of Chapel, the photographs show that the older parts of the town and the surrounding hamlets have changed surprisingly little. Customs and traditions have also continued into the present century, thanks to the determination of the townspeople to preserve long-established clubs and societies. The story of Chapel-en-le-Frith is about continuity, as well as change. This edition of Chapel-en-le-Frith Through Time is fully updated.
Boasting some of the most beautiful countryside and villages in the county of the Vale Royal of England, Mid-Cheshire is one of the most picturesque areas in England. Great Budworth is often used as a backdrop for numerous film and TV productions, including most recently the BBC's Our Zoo, which charts the origins of Chester Zoo. The villages of Vale Royal have changed very little over time, with the building of modern estates the only real change. Included is Moulton, home to the Winsford salt workers, to Sandiway, birthplace of John Douglas, the architect who designed around 500 buildings in Cheshire. Whitegate village, home of the thirteenth-century Cistercian monastery, is included, then it's back to Hartford and the interesting history of its local public houses. Finally, the reader sees two of the smaller Vale Royal hamlets - Cotebrook and its larger neighbour Tarporley. Villages of Mid-Cheshire Through Time is a fully updated edition.
The Radcliffe Camera is one of the most celebrated buildings in Oxford. Instantly recognizable, its great dome rises amid the Gothic spires of the University. Through early maps, plans and drawings, portraits, engravings and photographs this book tells the fascinating story of its creation, which took more than thirty years, and describes its subsequent place within Oxford University. Dr John Radcliffe was the most successful physician of his day. On his death in 1713 he directed that part of his large fortune should be used to build a library on a site at the heart of Oxford, between the University Church of St Mary's and the Bodleian. Early designs were made by the brilliant architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, who outlined the shape so familiar today: a great rotunda surmounted by Oxford's only dome. It would take decades to acquire and clear the site, and after Hawksmoor's death in 1736 the project was taken over by the Scottish architect James Gibbs, who refined the designs and supervised the construction of 'Dr Radcliffe's Library', creating, in the process, an architectural masterpiece and Britain's first circular library.
The Roman city of Lancaster, on the banks of the River Lune, has an impressive history stretching back centuries. While it was once the home of a thriving Georgian port and later Victorian industries, many tales of the city's past have been lost. Secret Lancaster examines the lesser-known pieces of the city's long and unique past, from lost buildings and forgotten events to the city's notable residents and surviving heritage. Lancaster has many secrets to tell and as you explore its streets and buildings you take a walk into the past, giving an insight into the city's former life. Join author and archaeologist Billy Howorth on a journey through this inspiring city and its heritage, illustrated with original maps, images and photographs. You may think you know Lancaster, but take another look around and you will find more than you might expect.
Cumbernauld boasts a rich and varied history, from the nearby Antonine Wall through formation of the historic village and the reign of Cumbernauld Castle, to the construction of Cumbernauld House in the mid-eighteenth century. A key moment in the history of Cumbernauld came in December 1955 when it was designated as a New Town, created to alleviate overcrowding in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Families who relocated to Cumbernauld were greeted with good quality housing, new employment opportunities and large open green spaces. Cumbernauld gained further esteem in the 1980s when the town was the sole filming location for Gregory's Girl, ranking highly in the British Film Institute's top 100 British films of all time, and in 2013, Cumbernauld was selected to host a new TV production facility for the Outlander series. Cumbernauld's popularity and success continues with the town collecting numerous awards for its innovative planning, environmental achievements and civic pride, and Cumbernauld continues to develop as one of Scotland's largest towns.
This is a Liverpool history with a difference. Packed with information, this lively book is not only about events but about people - our Great Liverpudlians - and the part they each played in shaping the city. There are many familiar faces, of course, but they stand shoulder to shoulder with the ordinary men and women who have made Liverpool what it is. And as well as bringing the unsung heroes and their interesting lives to our attention, Daily Post columnist David Charters has also dug deep to unearth less well known details about those famous names we all thought we knew everything about. Great Liverpudlians takes the reader on a wonderfully enjoyable journey through the city's past, introducing us to an array of colourful characters, from kings and politicians, to philanthropists, poets, musicians, comedians, sportsmen and women, barrow girls and clergy. All human life is here, as they say, and what is any great city if not the sum of its people?
Existential Edinburgh is a personal journey through a city that has for centuries inspired many. An exploration, an evocation of the city's past and present it weaves together personal experience, memory and history. It takes the reader beyond the city's historic centre, looking out to surrounding areas that are inseparable from Edinburgh's story. There are companions on this journey, well-known figures from the past and the not so well-known.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be given your own remote islands? Thirty years ago it happened to Adam Nicolson. Aged 21, Nicolson inherited the Shiants, three lonely Hebridean islands set in a dangerous sea off the Isle of Lewis. With only a stone bothy for accommodation and half a million puffins for company, he found himself in charge of one of the most beautiful places on earth. The story of the Shiants is a story of birds and boats, hermits and fishermen, witchcraft and catastrophe, and Nicolson expertly weaves these elements into his own tale of seclusion on the Shiants to create a stirring celebration of island life.
Rome is 'the eternal city' and was a stopping-off place on the Grand Tour long before the days of photography. Despite the preservation of so many classic ruins across the city, there has been significant change. Over hundreds of years of flooding, the river Tiber deposited silt across the Forum and low-lying sites. Many archive images show a completely different ground level to the 21st century view, after excavation revealed their true height. When Mussoilini came to the power in 1922 he set about creating wider avenues and removing some of the older buildings, as can been from the changes to via della Conciliazione. Rome Then and Now visits all the major tourist locations in the city and shows pictures of how they once were, sometimes unfenced with goats grazing amongst the ruins! Sites include: St Peter's Square, Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, the Forum, Trajan's Column, Trevi Fountain, Arch of Titus, Arch of Conatantine, Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, Quirinal Palace, Vittoriano, Tarpeian Hill, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus.
Wales is said to be the most haunted country in the world. Restless spirits roam the ancient land, from the lofty peaks of Snowdonia to the dark depths of the abandoned mines. In Paranormal Wales author Mark Rees takes the reader on a spine-chilling journey to dozens of these locations, which include well-known tourist landmarks and more secluded spots well off the beaten track. These accounts of disembodied voices, supernatural mists and pesky poltergeists range from centuries-old legends to modern-day sightings. Visit the 'oldest pub' in Wales, where more than 180 people are claimed to have been sentenced to death by hanging. Explore the majestic opera house built by a world-famous soprano, who some say continues to perform on her beloved stage from beyond the grave. Spend the night in a seemingly idyllic manor house, where the presence of a Victorian housekeeper is said to reduce unsuspecting guests to tears. Or step back in time at one of the many ivy-strewn castles, where ladies in white patrol the Gothic battlements as tortured screams ring out from the dungeons below. Some of these stories might be familiar, others less so, but they all have one thing in common - they will make you think twice about turning off the light at night. Illustrated throughout, Paranormal Wales will be of spine-tingling interest to those wanting to discover more about the country's haunted and hidden heritage.
Gillingham began its life as an agricultural and fishing parish on the banks of the River Medway in Kent. From the late seventeenth century, the township of Brompton grew due to the expansion of the nearby Chatham Dockyard. Further development of the yard in the nineteenth century led to the creation of New Brompton. This was one of the fastest growing communities of the Victorian period. When it became incorporated in 1903, the township took the name of Gillingham. In the twentieth century, Gillingham expanded to include the village of Rainham and developed suburbs such as Wigmore and Twydall. Using a unique collection of photographs, prints and postcards, Brian Joyce and Sophie Miller explore the evolution of the parish of Gillingham from rural backwater to thriving industrial town. Well-researched and informative, Gillingham & Around From Old Photographs reveals the area's dramatic changes over the centuries as well as providing a fascinating insight into the town's history.
Cheddleton is located on the road from Leek to Cheadle, settled in the rolling landscape of North Staffordshire. For a village, there is far more to Cheddleton than meets the eye. It boasts a number of grand gentlemen's residences, mostly still occupied as private homes, a beautiful cruck-framed farmhouse and two museums; one dedicated to the railway, and the other to the village's watermills and industrial past. It has the River Churnet, the Caldon, a canal, three pubs, three shops and a post office. For more than a century, it was also the home of the county asylum, housing 600-800 psychiatric patients. Then there are the people: Cheddleton boasts a multi medal winning Olympian, and connections with George Gilbert-Scott, William Morris and Vera Brittain. Compare this with other villages or even small towns, and you will feel that Cheddleton really is a richly interesting place with a friendly and welcoming community.
Leeds, sited in the heart of West Yorkshire, is the UK's third largest city and is home to a community rich in history, ambition and achievement. As the financial, cultural and commercial heart of West Yorkshire, Leeds is a city essential to the global economic system. Although only a small borough for much of its existence, Leeds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries became a key centre for the production and trading of wool. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, Leeds developed into a major industrial hub, extending its reach into engineering, printing, commerce, health and education. Iron foundries were among other industries of extreme importance. The city then expanded, absorbing many of the surrounding villages and townships to become the urban city we see today. Combining cultural riches with strong transport and communication links, it continues to attract students, entrepreneurs and professionals, not only to visit, but often to relocate to this vibrant part of West Yorkshire. The authors have charted the area's great past, and the enormous changes that have taken place, through a selection of fascinating and inspiring old postcards.
Maidenhead lies on the west bank of the River Thames and forms part of the county of Berkshire. One of the largest settlements in the area, Maidenhead has a rich and fascinating history. Recorded as Ellington in the Domesday Book, the town's present name refers to the 'new wharf', or 'Maiden Hythe', on the riverside. Upon the coming of the Great Western Railway, the town underwent significant expansion. Today, Maidenhead is a thriving town with a population of 78,000 people. In Maidenhead Through Time, authors Elias Kupfermann and Carol Dixon-Smith invite the reader on a captivating photographic tour of Maidenhead past and present, showcasing the town's many historical features. From industry to entertainment, shops to parks, every aspect of Maidenhead's past is explored in this fascinating volume. Maidenhead Through Time is essential reading for anyone who knows and loves this Berkshire town.
Waterford is located on the sunny south-east coast of Ireland. It is known affectionately as the Deise, derived from the Gaelic tribe that settled there around the fourth century. Waterford city is the oldest city in Ireland, having been founded by the Vikings in 914. Throughout the Middle Ages, Waterford was Ireland's second city, and continues as a key commercial and cultural centre in Ireland today. Although the name Waterford is linked throughout the world with its famous, hand-cut crystal, the diversity of its culture and history can be seen by the castles, churches, and civic buildings throughout the city and county. From the heritage town of Lismore in the west, to the seaside resort of Tramore in the east, Waterford is characterised by the welcome its people give to visitors.
For the solitary researcher or a member of a class or local society, this will be the standard work upon which to rely for many decades to come. Family and local historians frequently encounter the challenge posed by the writing, and sometimes the translation, of the records which might most enable them to make further progress with their research. Based on some 50 facsimile reproductions of documents of graduated difficulty, culled from many useful sources, it provides transcripts, and translations where appropriate, together with advice on methods of transcribing. The alphabet, with commentary, of the numerous types of letter to be found in the examples (many being in the secretary and court hands which so often cause problems), and illustrations of forms of abbreviation will greatly help to unravel the difficulties of reading. Many documents before 1733 were written in Latin and the author includes an outline of the differences between classical and medieval usage and a vocabulary to cover the section in Latin. There are examples, from the 1400s to the 1700s, of a wide range of hands found in the most usual categories of record used by family historians, such as parish registers, wills, and court rolls, and in many others which disclose helpful information on families and localities. Those who use this book will not need to be persuaded of the great enjoyment to be derived from pursuing research into family or local history and the pleasures of piecing together evidence to throw new light on old times. They may also find great enjoyment in the deciphering of documents, the means to that end.
The First World War claimed over 995,000 British lives, and its legacy continues to be remembered today. Great War Britain: Liverpool offers a detailed insight into this great city and its people facing the challenges of wartime. This highly accessible volume explores the city's regiments, and includes many individual stories of men on the frontline and the vital role of women against the background of the changing face of industry, attitudes to conscientious objectors, hospitals for the wounded and their rehabilitation, peace celebrations, the fallen heroes and how they are commemorated. Liverpool Central Library & Record Office have generously made available illustrative and other material from their extensive archives.
Fenton is the 'forgotten town' in the novels of Hanley-born author Arnold Bennett. He chose to write of the Five Towns, deliberately omitting Fenton, which at the time of his writing was only an urban district. He argued that 'five' - with its open vowel - suited the broad tongue of the Potteries people better than 'six'. Fenton has never really forgiven him - but in truth, its battle to forge an identity of its own has been ongoing. Historically, it consisted of a number of scattered settlements radiating from that section of the old turnpike road between Stoke and Longton. Most people passed straight through it. However, the enterprise of pottery manufacturers and the prevalence of local collieries established Fenton as a town of grit and graft. Though not always a pretty place, there is no better town than Fenton to study the history of the potteries.
North Somerset has seen great changes in the last two centuries, and this evocative collection of old and new photographs shows how three of the county's communities, Portishead, Pill and Long Ashton, have altered and grown through time. All three had a close relationship with the old maritime port of Bristol, which shaped their history. As can be seen in these beautifully illustrated pages, many of the streets, shops, houses and workplaces have greatly changed. Sitting on the edge of the Severn Estuary, Portishead was an insignificant North Somerset village in 1811, with a population of just 369. It was transformed over the next 100 years into a popular seaside resort with a busy dock. Today, Portishead has reinvented itself as a cosmopolitan town, complete with a magnificent marina. Dependent on Bristol's sea trade, Pill has had to adapt to the closure of Bristol's docks, while Long Ashton has grown from a rural outpost into a prosperous village.
Eastbourne, situated close to the eastern end of the South Downs, near the famous Beachey Head cliff, is a bustling seaside resort. Originally comprising of a group of nineteenth-century settlements, the once subdued areas of farmland banded together to become a vibrant resort steeped in Victorian architecture. As a hotspot for those travelling from London and Brighton, the history of the town and the people who once lived there stretches out of Eastbourne itself and into these commuter towns. Suffering a variety of damages in both World Wars, Eastbourne has seen many changes take place over the years. One thing that has remained is the large coverage of the South Downs that dominate Eastbourne, and the pier and bandstand, built between 1866 and 1872, that stand firmly on the seafront in a 'timeless manner'. The area's rich seaside history provides all with a truly fascinating story. Within the pages of this book, Eastbourne expert Roy Douglas charts the town's history through a unique selection of old photographs, prints and postcards to show what life was like for Eastbourne's past residents, and to highlight the celebrations and the struggles that this picturesque, bustling town has witnessed.
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