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Polly Pullar tells the fascinating tale of one of the Hebrides unique thriving small communities through the colourful anecdotes of Lawrence MacEwen, whose family have owned the island since 1896. A wonderfully benevolent, and eccentric character, his passion and love for the island and its continuing success, has always been of the utmost importance. He has kept diaries all his life and delves deep into them, unveiling a uniquely human story, punctuated with liberal amounts of humour, as well as heart-rending tragedy, always dominated by the vagaries of the sea. Here are tales of coal puffers and livestock transportation on steamers and small boats, extraordinary chance meetings and adventures that eventually led him to finding his wife Jenny, on the island of Soay. It's a book about the small hard-grafting community of 30 souls on this fertile island of just 1500 acres.
As important in the Middle Ages as Liverpool was to become in the Industrial Revolution, Lynn (as in local parlance) was a major English port and market town for centuries, with access to ten counties through the Great Ouse and its tributaries. Aptly described as 'The Warehouse on the Wash', it maintained its position until the railways robbed the port of much of its river and coastal traffic in the 1840s and 1850s. Though the railways and docks together brought about a degree of industrialization up to 1945, Lynn did not experience rapid expansion until the 1960s and 1970s, with people and industries arriving from London. Since 2000 there has also been significant regeneration of the riverside. In 2005, Lynn became the first English town to join the New Hanseatic League of European cities.
With its extensive beaches, breathtaking limestone cliff s and thriving local industries, South Shields has been a hub of activity since the time of the Romans. Founded in 1245, South Shields quickly developed into an important fishing port, with industries such as fishing and salt-panning attracting workers from all over. In the nineteenth century, coal mining, alkaline production and glassmaking led to a boom, and South Shields' population increased from 12,000 in 1801 to 75,000 by the 1860s. Despite suffering extensive damage during both World Wars, the resilience and determination of South Shields' 'Sand Dancers' has seen the town retain its bustling energy and unique character, which continues to attract visitors today. South Shields: The Postcard Collection is a fascinating collection of over 160 postcards showing the town in its coal mining and shipbuilding heyday, including beautiful scenes of its surrounding coastline and beaches.
Bolton's name suggests a Saxon origin, and by the twelfth century the local economy was centred on textiles and agriculture. Spinning cotton was the reason for Bolton's rapid expansion during the Industrial Revolution. The nineteenth century witnessed burgeoning growth that brought both prosperity and privation. The twentieth century saw the town coming to terms with this growth and the inevitable further changes that followed. Bolton Through Time provides a pictorial record of some of these changes, comparing historic photographs with their modern counterparts. Readers will see how the modern metropolitan borough compares with its former self - less industrialised and hard edged perhaps, but altogether a greener and more sanitary place. It's a 'must have' for all those interested in Bolton's fascinating history.
This is one boy's tale of growing up in Oxford in the forties and fifties. It is a foreign land of being caned on hand and bottom, of teachers washing out a child's mouth with soap as punishment for swearing. It was a time of conkers, fag cards and prozzie watching, when children asked strangers to take them in to the "flicks", of collecting autographs in the Parks where that nice man asked the way to the gents. . . . For this boy a scandalous act opened the door to everything important in the life that followed. His mother, who looked up to the "proper gentry", was from a large Oxfordshire family in which several of her apparent siblings were her nephews and nieces. There was Aunty Daisy with her missing finger, who liked the American servicemen, and Uncle Stan, who took cash to buy his Jaguar while his brother rode passenger with loaded shotgun. The boy's father, wary of those who "talked poundnoteish", came from an even larger, East Oxford family in which the boys were bricklayers whose hobby was diddling bookmakers and some of the girls provided R and R for undergrads. It is a picture of parents providing a rock steady home as they improved their position in life and encouraged their son to catch his "golden ball". He was fortunate in being guided by gifted teachers through the teenage years of discovering music, grappling with frothy petticoats, untold hours of sport and wasting time trying to imitate Harold Pinter. Oxford Boy provides a vivid picture of a long-lost city and of a childhood transformed by an unexpected event.
Wood Green, 6 miles north of the City of London, is now part of the lively borough of Haringey. In 1619, when part of the parish of Tottenham, it was a mere hamlet of houses on the periphery of Wood Green Common, which later became the iconic Alexandra Palace and its park. However, it was close to a highway from London to Enfield and beyond, and it was as a result of this that its commercial growth began, starting with a smithy in 1770. Coaching inns followed in the late eighteenth century, and by the nineteenth century the High Road was full of shopping parades. Residential development was accelerated by the arrival of the railway in 1859, and in 1888 it became a borough in its own right, with a population of 23,000. As Wood Green continues to thrive today, its history is reawakened by this beautiful collection of images.
Blurton History Tour offers a fascinating insight into the history of this area in Stoke-on-Trent. Author Alan Myatt 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 Blurton.
Northampton nestles quietly in the centre of England, the county town of Northamptonshire. The medieval town grew around the castle, which was built after the Norman Conquest. Northampton thrived during the medieval period but as the town supported Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads during the English Civil War, much of it was destroyed by Charles II during the Restoration. During the seventeenth century, Northampton, like London, also suffered a 'great fire', which further decimated the town. However, Northampton was already established as a centre for leather production and shoemaking, ensuring the town's success and growth during the Industrial Revolution. In the 1960s Northampton was designated a 'new town' and a vast modern expansion followed. Its townscape today ranges from the fragments of the Norman castle and the National Lift Tower that dominates the skyline to historic churches, beautiful examples of industrial buildings, civic masterpieces, cosy pubs and nationally important properties such as the house designed by Rennie Mackintosh on Derngate. Northampton in 50 Buildings explores the history of this fascinating East Midlands town through a selection of its most interesting buildings and structures, showing the changes that have taken place in Northampton over the years. The book will appeal to all those who live in Northampton or who have an interest in the town.
Over the centuries it has been the manufacturing of textiles and confectionery that has brought wealth to Halifax in West Yorkshire. The town's impressive Grade I listed Piece Hall, built in the eighteenth century, was the place where handloom weavers gathered to sell the woollen cloth they had produced. On a sweeter subject, Halifax was also home to the nineteenth-century confectionery firm Mackintosh's, famous for chocolates including Quality Street and Rolo. During the 1920s it became known as 'Toffee Town'. In A-Z of Halifax local author Trish Colton takes the reader on an engaging tour of the town's history across the centuries. The book embraces a wide variety of subjects, which will be of interest to both residents and visitors. From the buildings and streets to the famous - and infamous - sons and daughters, this is a fascinating portrait of Halifax, revealing well-known and hidden aspects of its heritage. Discover the road safety invention that was the brainchild of a Halifax man, and learn more about the 900-year-old minster, the industrial heritage, urban regeneration, commerce and culture of this Yorkshire town.
Perth History Tour provides a fascinating glimpse into the past of 'The Fair City'. It was once the capital of Scotland, was given Royal Burgh status in the early twelfth century under King David I and developed as one of the most affluent towns in Scotland. Perth's position on the River Tay ensured that it became a busy trading port, exporting salmon and wool and importing claret from Bordeaux. In this pocket-sized guide, Jack Gillon offers a tour around Perth's streets and buildings, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they have changed over the years, as well as exploring some of its lesser-known sights and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to discover for themselves the history and the changing face of Perth.
The ancient market town of Brecon is set in the heart of one of Britain's most beautiful national parks. It is a place of contrasts and enigmas, and in an A-Z of Brecon, author Mal Morrison takes readers on an exciting journey through the primary and lesser-known streets and thoroughfares. Along the way the author recounts ancient and modern tales, and discovers something of the identity and heritage of Brecon. As the alphabet progresses there are stories of the invaders who settled there, the treasured saints and the beloved poets and musicians. The author will also visit special places and reveal forgotten facts and anecdotes along the fascinating journey. Occasionally, he ventures beyond the town walls to explore neighbouring locations and reawaken mystical events from the past. Discover when the greatest show on earth, which once enthralled Queen Victoria and the great and the good from Europe, came to this county. Buildings, walls and bridges may give a town its character, and this book looks closely at these, but it is people who give it heart, bringing it to life. Brecon has no shortage of fascinating residents both living and departed and within its shadows lurk ghosts and hauntings. All of these and more shall be visited in the tour of this wonderful town.
Kent has one of the most diverse and rich military histories of any county in England. The nearest point to continental Europe, it has been a natural target for invasion from Roman times and has been heavily defended through the centuries. Evidence exists of Iron Age forts in the county and many of the Roman fortifications such as Richborough survive today. Castles were built by the Norman invaders, most notably at Dover, and as military firepower increased a new generation of artillery-based castles was developed by Henry VIII at Walmer and elsewhere. New defences and fortifications continued to be built until the twentieth century. In the First World War, for the first time aerial defence became important, with observers aiding anti-aircraft gun positions and interceptor aircraft, and the coastal and aerial defences were extended further during the Second World War and into the Cold War. Numerous airfields were established in Kent, the Battle of Britain being largely fought in the skies over the county and the leading ace, James McCudden VC, was born and buried in the county. Naval power has also been important in Kent - Roman and Saxon fleets guarded the coast and in 1155 the Cinque Ports were founded to develop harbours to help protect the country, and later Chatham became a major naval base. Kent regiments have served in battles and wars for hundreds of years and the numerous memorials and cemeteries in the county are testament to the sacrifice of many in military conflict. This book provides a fascinating insight into the people, places and events that are Kent's military heritage.
Stretching from the Ribble Estuary to the River Kent, the Lancashire coast provides both spectacular views and glimpses of the county's industrial heritage. As the Industrial Revolution took hold in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Lancashire flourished, producing over 80 per cent of the world's cotton. People flocked to the county's beautiful coastline, and towns like Lytham St Annes, Blackpool and Morecambe became popular coastal resorts. Although much has changed over the years, Lancashire's coastline still retains many of its traditional features. In Lancashire Coast Through Time, local historian Jack Smith charts these various developments and brings together a comparative collection of old and new photographs. Join the author as he delves into the history of the towns and villages along this picturesque coastline, showcasing its many points of interest and awakening treasured memories.
Eltham, long a little-known jewel in Greater London's crown, has welcomed growing numbers of tourists since Greenwich was appointed a Royal Borough at the Diamond Jubilee, 'in recognition of the historically close links forged between Greenwich and our Royal Family, from the Middle Ages to the present day'. Eltham sits at the heart of those links, its Plantagenet Palace providing a home to Kings of England from the early fourteenth century until the Civil War. Eltham survived, as it had survived occupying Romans tramping the old highway to Dover, and as it would survive the Blitz. It is a window on history, from Anglo-Saxon Common to early twentieth century development, which so recently changed its character from rural to suburban. Both survival and development are chronicled and celebrated in Eltham Through Time.
Once a sleepy rural community bordering the fields of North Somerset, the ancient Royal Manor of Bedminster spread along the banks of the River Avon, south of the City of Bristol. Today, this area comprises the vibrant suburbs of Totterdown, Windmill Hill, Bedminster itself, Southville and Ashton. The last 200 years have seen dramatic changes occur, as poor workers from the countryside flocked to this area in search of employment. With the help of before and after photographs a real sense of that change emerges; we see where local people lived and worked, and how they relaxed. Many of the shops, churches, pubs and factories have disappeared and the modern photographs show their replacements. Daily life has also altered - trams and horse carts have disappeared, but the vitality and community spirit is still in full view.
From its origins as a clearing in the Wealden forest, the Saxon settlement of 'Tenet-warre-den' rose to a position of prominence with the fourteenth-century burgeoning of the English wool trade. During the reign of Henry VI, its fortunes improved further when the town was incorporated into the Confederation of Cinque Ports. When significant changes to the landscape ended its maritime associations, Tenterden's prosperity was maintained by a robust agricultural industry. Its broad, tree-lined High Street once resounded with the hubbub of livestock fairs, and its warren of side roads and hidden courtyards were filled with the activities of everyday life. Situated at the heart of the Kent Weald, Tenterden serves as a hub for the surrounding small villages and hamlets, a vibrant and thriving market town which, while undergoing continuing development and modernisation, has retained the charm of its rural character.
Harwich is one of the Haven Ports. Its position on the estuaries of the River Stour and River Orwell has played a defining role in the history of the town, as it was one of the only safe havens on the East Coast between the Thames and Humber. As a result, Harwich has played a key maritime role through the centuries. The town became a significant naval base in 1657, and soon major batteries were developed including the Harwich Redoubt, Beacon Hill Battery and Bath Side Battery. Dovercourt is actually older than its close neighbour Harwich, having been mentioned in the Domesday Survey, but it is considerably smaller. In truth, however, the towns are contiguous today. Both Dovercourt and Harwich are picturesque coastal towns, with significant tourist interest. This unique selection of old and new images and informative captions is essential reading for anybody who knows and loves these beautiful Essex towns.
Stoke-upon-Trent, described as a village in 1795, grew rapidly from the 1820s and 1830s, by which time a new Anglican church had been built as well as new streets. Noted in a trade directory of 1829 as having 'many handsome houses, wharves, warehouses and earthenware manufactories', it became famous for pottery manufactured by the likes of Spode, Copeland, Minton and Goss. However, Stoke is not just the story of ceramics. Other forces shaped the development of the town, including the North Staffordshire Railway Company, the Michelin Tyre Company and even Stoke City FC. Entertainment venues and public houses contributed conspicuously to community life and were part of a vibrant town that began to decline from the 1970s. As Stoke struggles to reassert itself, this book looks back at more prosperous times.
From its beginnings as an Anglo-Saxon settlement, through its development as an agricultural centre with all its related trades and services, the market town of Otley has seen many changes. The invention of Otley's world-famous Wharfedale printing machine contributed to the development of Otley's printing and engineering industry. The railway arrived in 1865, terraced houses replaced thatched cottages and unpaved thoroughfares gave way to tarmac. Today, such changes continue. The railway and most of the factories have disappeared but Otley has retained its popular market town character. The medieval bridge, the twelfth-century parish church and the medieval Kirkgate street plan still serve the townspeople. The selection of photographs in this book show the present alongside the intriguing past, taking readers on a trip around the historic streets of Otley.
Wiltshire was understandably one of the most militarised wartime counties, encompassing the whole of Salisbury Plain. But the story of Wiltshire at War is also about weapon development, tactics and planning operations. British, Commonwealth and American troops made use of the facilities, and the civil population played their part, working in factories, the Home Guard or the Women's Voluntary Service. In this book we visit the places associated with the county's war effort. This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Wiltshire has changed and developed since the war. Starting in Salisbury and Swindon, where Spitfires were built, we explore Boscombe Down, where Fighter Command's only Victoria Cross of the war was won, and Ramsbury, where airborne forces left for D-Day. We visit Highworth, gateway to the secret world of auxiliary units; Box, an underground city with bomb stores and Fighter Command control rooms; and many other places that give Wiltshire a diverse wartime landscape.
The South Coast was popular with early film-makers and the county had links with many. Their work is highlighted and that of the film studio at Shoreham, which produced a string of successful feature films. This book also provides a rare insight into the world of amateur cinematography with the remarkable story of the nationally-acclaimed Bognor Regis Film Society. The authors trace the travelling showmen who brought moving pictures to public halls and fairgrounds and describe in detail the history of all 62 cinemas that have operated in West Sussex.
Since Britain joined the European Economic Community in the mid- 1970s, the fishing industry along our coasts has been under pressure from overfishing. In this book, Mike Smylie takes us on a tour from Duncansby Head to the Solway Firth. Here, small crofting communities sit on the fringe of the sea, hidden among the lochs and islands that indent Scotland's beautiful west coast and using what may well be the prettiest fishing boats in Britain. Although fishing here was mostly subsistence level and did not approach the scale of the industry on the east coast, there were large harbours at Stornoway, Castle Bay on Barra, Ullapool, Mallaig, Tarbet and Campbeltown. Mike Smylie shows us harbours, large and small, along with the boats and the communities that depended on them, from the herring fishery of Stornoway to salmon netting on the Solway Firth.
Situated on the 'Sunshine Coast' of Essex, the seaside towns of Walton-on-the- Naze and Frinton-on-Sea have a rich history. Beginning as just a small cluster of farms and cottages, by the mid-twentieth century, Frinton had grown to become a high-class seaside resort, with upmarket shopping and grand hotels. The Victorian era was similarly fruitful for the nearby town of Walton, which grew from humble Anglo-Saxon beginnings to become a popular tourist destination. Today, Frinton and Walton's picturesque beaches and seaside charm continue to attract visitors from far and wide. Birds, seals and fossils can be viewed from the Naze, and the area's magnificent scenery can also be enjoyed during a game of golf at Frinton. Walton pier is the third longest in the country and is a popular entertainment centre. Mike Rouse tells the engaging story of Frinton and Walton, tracing the area's development through time.
North Shields is a town on the north bank of the River Tyne in North East England. This fascinating selection of old photographs shows a time when Saville Street brimmed with shoppers, the Fish Quay bloomed with boats and fishermen, and there was a busy nightlife, with theatre buffs and pubs on every street corner. The life and times of the people of North Shields are portrayed in this selection of photographs, giving the reader a glimpse of how life once was, and it is the people that once lived in this area that this book is dedicated to. As the pages are turned, the reader will step back in time as they travel around the streets, homes and haunts of many in North Shields.
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