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The name Chislehurst literally means 'a stony place in the woods'. A somewhat appropriate name to keep in mind as Joanna Friel explores the secrets of Chislehurst. Evidence of Chislehurst's rich heritage can be seen embedded throughout the streets of this district, highlighting that Chislehurst remains a special place of distinctive character. It is, indeed, no ordinary suburb. Using vast knowledge of the area, Joanna Friel provides her readers with a brilliant look into the secrets of the area. From visually obvious fragments of the past that still exist to those lesser-known facts. For instance, did you know that an ingenious communication system erected on the town's highest hill supposedly prevented an invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte, or that a local death sparked the ruin of a leader of the Irish Home Rule Movement? From locals looking for a nostalgic look back into their district to touring visitors, this book provides an excellent alternative view into the covert aspects of Chislehurst.
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.
The communities of Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst and Trefriw are located where the beautiful Conwy Valley meets the spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Betws-y-Coed, meaning 'the prayer house in the woods' boasts the title of North Wales' most popular inland resort. The community developed from ancient times when St Michael's Church was built and later became a centre for lead mining. When Telford's London to Holyhead road came through in the early nineteenth century and the railway came in 1868, Betws grew rapidly as a tourist destination. The village is situated where the three rivers Llugwy, Lledr and Machno meet the river Conwy, and among its attractions are the famous Swallow Falls and Pont y Pair. Betws-y-Coed's neighbour, Llanrwst, developed as a market town in the fourteenth century and became famous for its wool trade and also for harp and clock manufacturing. Llanrwst, noted for its famous bridge, is the 'capital' of the Conwy Valley. Across the river from Llanrwst is Trefriw village, a perfect spot for walkers. In Edwardian times it was dubbed 'The Healthiest Place in Wales', a fair claim due to its nearby Chalybeate Spa, dating back to the Roman times. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the fascinating history of these charming Welsh settlements and shows how they have developed.
Folkestone, a port town located on the English Channel, has an interesting history and has experienced many changes over the centuries. Folkestone Through The Ages details those changes, from the late 1700s through to the present day, including the coming of the railway in the early 1800s and the famous seafront as it moved away from being a place of holiday entertainment and a departure point for cross-Channel ferries. It also features the many developments that were brought about as a result of bomb damage from the Second World War. Folkestone played a big part in getting many tens of thousands of servicemen and women over to France during the Second World War. In this seventieth anniversary year of the end of the war, the author has dedicated a section at the end of this book to some of the brave men and women who fought, and died, in both World Wars.
The church of St Bride was dedicated around 1150, and formed the nucleus to the early community of East Kilbride with agriculture the keystone of the growth of the village. In the early eighteenth century, brothers William and John Hunter were born in the village and later rose to become world-famous surgeons and anatomists. John Hunter is buried in Westminster Abbey. The turnpike roads of 1791 and the advent of the Caledonian Railway in 1868 became defining events in the prosperity of East Kilbride. In 1947, East Kilbride New Town was established and, until its wind up in December 1995, the population had increased thirtyfold to 75,000. A vigorous Burgh Council and its successor - East Kilbride District Council - set high standards in social and economic development to match the New Town initiatives in the build-up of industrial growth and the creation of shopping malls. Since 1996, East Kilbride has become the most populous community in South Lanarkshire Council.
Ipswich, the largest and county town of Suffolk, takes its name from the medieval name 'Gippeswic'. Over its more than 1,000-year history, Ipswich has acquired a mix of the unexpected, strange, weird and wonderful examples of buildings and the people associated with them. According to archaeological evidence, Ipswich is the site of a large Roman fort and the largest Roman villa in Suffolk. The old adage of looking up when going round any town is as true to Ipswich as with any town; for 'it is up' where many interesting gems of architecture, embellishments and ornamentations will be found. While buildings are obviously a link to the past and the people connected with them, retelling some of their stories brings history to life. Secret Ipswich goes behind the facades of the familiar to discover the lesser-known aspects of the town's fascinating past, brought to life through revealing images of the past and the present.
Peig Sayers, 'the Queen of Gaelic story-tellers', spent the greater part of her long life on the Great Blasket Island. She was a natural orator, and students and scholars of the Irish language came from far and wide to visit her. In this book, as an old lady, she muses and reflects on the days of her youth, recounting tales which evoke characters and an era now dead, and capture the superstitions and hard life of her beloved island.
The town of Penryn stands in a sheltered position at the head of the Penryn river that flows to Falmouth. Over the centuries the settlement grew and became an important shipping port for Cornwall's tin and granite industries, so much so that it became known as the Granite Port. Retaining much of its historic past, including many buildings dating back to the Tudor, Jacobean and Georgian periods, the area has been designated as an important conservation area. In Penryn From Old Photographs, local author Ernie Warmington reveals Penryn's fascinating past through these carefully selected, rare old photographs, which illustrate how the residents lived and interacted with their surroundings, in one of Cornwall's oldest market towns.
Oxford is famous for offering an 'Education in Intoxication'. The city's historic and picturesque pubs have been frequented by countless visitors, ranging from local students to movie stars such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Home to some of the finest ales in Britain, Oxford is a must for any connoisseur of ale or fan of the traditional English pub. From the famous riverside to the outskirts of the city centre, the author provides an indispensable guide to Oxford's pubs. The book is filled with fascinating stories and photographs that illustrate why these establishments deserve to be on all discerning drinkers' must-visit lists. For instance, did you know some of Oxford's pubs were once home to exotic animals, perhaps most bizarrely a shark? It is easy to be overwhelmed by the vast choice, but from the watering hole of 'The Inklings' to the set of Inspector Morse, Dave Richardson proves that these traditional and welcoming pubs have something to suit any need.
This fascinating selection of photographs illustrates the extraordinary transformation that has taken place in Kingston-upon-Thames over the years. The book offers an insight into the daily lives and living conditions of local people and gives the reader glimpses of familiar places during this century of unprecedented change. Many aspects of Kingston's recent history are covered, famous occasions and individuals are remembered and the impact of national and international events is witnessed. Drawing on detailed local knowledge of the community, and illustrated with a wealth of photographs, this book recalls what Kingston-upon-Thames has lost in terms of buildings, traditions and ways of life. It also acknowledges the regeneration that has taken place and celebrates the character and energy of local people as they move through the first years of this new century. This latest edition of the book has been fully updated with new contemporary photography and revised captions.
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.
Until the railways arrived, Weston-super-Mare was a town without a history. Weston grew into a major seaside resort from a little fishing village with just a handful of houses in under one hundred years. After a period of decline, it has sucessfully recreated itself as a holiday destination for the twenty-first century and as one of Somerset's major towns. Iron-Age settlers, Romans, seventeenth-century smugglers, John Cleese (television comedian and top-selling writer of Monty Python fame), actors and even the wireless pioneer Gugliemo Marconi play a part in the story of Weston's past. A walk along the town's seafront demonstrates the amazing diversity of the town, encompassing Victorian enterprise, Edwardian splendour, the commercial endeavour of the new-Elizabethans and the remarkable flood defences of the twenty-first century. This edition of Weston-super-Mare 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.
...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.
Beginning life on the banks of the Mersey flanked by a castle and the adjoining 'Pool', Liverpool has grown into a city of worldwide fame with many fine streets and a magnificent waterfront. It is a city with an unrivalled reputation as a pool of talent and culture that is the envy of many British cities. This fact-filled book tells the story of Liverpool through its landmark buildings, streets and suburbs, exploring Liverpool's history from its origins as a humble little port of seven streets to its emergence as the second city of the British Empire.
In this comprehensively illustrated guide, Harpenden History Tour takes the reader on a nostalgic journey around this quintessential country village in days gone by, coupled with a useful location map showing the various places of historical interest, highlighting the many changes that have taken place over the last 100 years. In accompaniment with a fascinating selection of old photographs and picture postcards, we are able to admire the lovely parish church of St Nicholas with its tower dating back to 1470, the site of the village pond that, when filled in, housed a large wartime air-raid shelter, and Rothamsted Manor, which was used as a top-secret army intelligence centre intercepting Morse code messages between German Luftwaffe ground stations and airfields. With so much to see and discover, this guide provides a memorable glimpse into the Harpenden of yesteryear to those who know and love this area.
Delving once more into the colossal photographic archives of the Yorkshire Post, Peter Tuffrey has produced another fascinating publication: Yorkshire People at Work. Whilst trying to illustrate the areas of work for which the county is perhaps best known - railways, fishing, textiles and steel making - Peter quickly realised that the range of occupations was enormous not to mention intriguing. Consequently, the book is unpredictable and exciting. It includes fire eaters, bakers, buskers, model makers, train drivers, and undertakers to mention only a few. Peter admits to choosing jobs that he could never attempt himself but that is of no consequence because it all adds up to a marvellous catalogue of the many diverse professions in Yorkshire. From the many thousands of pictures perused over a long period, the final number for inclusion in the book was whittled down to around 225. The pictures owe much to the Yorkshire Post's staff photographers' ability to get the best out of a subject by means of clever camera angles and imaginative compositions. Each picture also has concise informative captions alongside, which complete this celebration of Yorkshire People at Work.
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?
Herne Bay rose to prominence in the 1830s when a group of London investors recognised its potential and built a pleasure pier and promenade here, making it one of the UK's earliest seaside resorts. Its popularity increased when the railway reached this part of Kent and continued to do so throughout the Victorian era. However, like many other seaside resorts, its popularity as a holiday destination steadily declined after the Second World War when there was an increasing preference for overseas travel. Following extensive seafront regeneration in the 1990s, a jetty was built to create a small harbour for leisure boats and from where tourists could take boat trips to a seal-watching site in the Thames Estuary. The Victorian seafront gardens were fully restored, as was the Central Bandstand, after many years of neglect and closure to the public. Today, Herne Bay is slowly regaining its popularity as a holiday resort and is a firm favourite with daytrippers. Its glory days are slowly returning.
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.
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