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On January 22, 1912, Henry Flagler rode on the first passenger train from South Florida to Key West. On April 2, 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain. On December 6, 1947, Everglades National Park held its opening ceremony.Featuring one entry per day of the year, this book is a fun and enlightening collection of moments from Florida history. Good and bad, famous and little-known, historical and contemporary, these events reveal the depth and complexity of the state's past. They cover everything from revolts by Apalachee Indians to crashes at the Daytona 500, the establishment of Fort Mose, and the recurrence of hurricanes. They involve cultural leaders like Stetson Kennedy and Zora Neale Hurston, iconic institutions like Disney and NASA, and important eras like Prohibition and the civil rights movement.Each entry includes a short description and is paired with a suggested reading for learning more about the event or topic of the day. This Day in Florida History is the perfect starting point for discovering the diversity of stories and themes that make up the Sunshine State.
Continuing his series of regional books reviewing the industrial railways of England, Wales and Scotland, author Gordon Edgar looks at the railways of what is today Northumbria, County Durham and Teesside, covering a period of the last six decades, with an emphasis upon the former National Coal Board railways. This is the eighth volume in the series, covering an area once proudly boasting widespread coal mining, steelmaking and shipbuilding activities, as well as numerous other traditional industries large and small, most now sadly history. The industrial railway diversity that one could have witnessed in this region up until the latter part of the twentieth century was arguably unequalled in Britain. The National Coal Board's Lambton, Hetton, Bowes, Derwenthaugh, Ashington and Backworth railway systems, and the steel and ironworks complexes at Consett, Lackenby and Skinningrove, and Doxford's shipyard in Sunderland are just some of the locations familiar to many industrial railway enthusiasts, all of which are covered. Far-reaching changes in this region over the last half-century sadly leave just three bona-fide industrial railway locations featured in this book surviving today. Primarily utilising previously unpublished photographs, the author offers a fascinating insight into the industrial railways and locomotives of this region, endeavouring to convey the raison d'etre of such railways held in great affection by many.
Tredegar House was home to the Morgan family (later Lords Tredegar) for over 500 years. The Morgans were a very proud Welsh family, who claimed descent from the great Welsh princes. They were hugely influential on the political, social and economic life of Newport and surrounding counties. The Tredegar Estate once covered 53,000 acres in south-east Wales and was home to industrialists, fifteen High Sheriffs, 22 MPs, a military hero and happy family life. It has also known wild parties, lunacy and the occult. This new guide to the history of the family and the house brings the history of Tredegar House to the present day. Containing floorplans and an extensive family tree, it tells the stories of the fascinating characters who built and lived in the house, both above and below stairs.
Dover has been the gateway to England for over 3,000 years and each generation has left its mark on the town. From the Bronze Age boat to the Channel Tunnel, from the Napoleonic Wars to the Cold War, and from Henry VIII's harbour to the immense Eastern Docks, Dover is full of history. In this book the town's busy maritime centre, seafront and architecture have been captured in a series of fascinating historical photographs, each compared with a modern photograph of the same scene today. These photographs, together with the authors' well-researched captions, will inform and entertain residents and visitors to Dover alike.
This seventh volume in the series of regional books examining the industrial railways of England, Wales and Scotland looks at railways of the former Ridings of Yorkshire, a region that once boasted widespread coal mining activities, which strongly influenced the county's fortunes throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The numerous steel manufacturing complexes, chiefly centred around the Sheffield and Rotherham area, and the one-time highly polluting coal and chemicals by-products plants are looked at, including the well-known Orgreave complex during the 1980s, a time when many coal mines and their supporting industries and railways were rapidly dwindling in number, a fact sadly driven home when examining the contents of this book. Other industries in the county, once heavily reliant on railways, either internal narrow gauge or standard gauge, included an extensive peat bog railway system east of Doncaster, water treatment plants around Leeds and Bradford, gas and electricity plants serving some of the county's towns and cities, numerous scrapyards supporting steel manufacturing, stone quarries in the rich limestone region to the north of the county, and brick and block manufacturers in the Vale of York, all contributing to the rich industrial railway heritage of Yorkshire. With informative captions and an array of striking and many previously unpublished historical colour and monochrome photographs, author Gordon Edgar delivers a fascinating overview of the industrial locomotives and railways of Yorkshire, essentially covering the last six decades and striving to convey the attraction of the many former industrial railways of this vast and topographically varied county.
This is the story of Watson Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, his family, and his life. Watson's story embodies the life of the Chiricahua Apache people, who in 1886 were forced into exile to Fort Marion, Florida, by the US government and considered prisoners of war until 1914. This story tells Watson's lived history as the Chiricahua were relocated from Arizona to Florida to Alabama and finally to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But this is also a story of Harry Mithlo, Watson's son, and Conger Beasley, Harry's friend. It is a story of telling a story. The three voices that serve as our narrators--Watson, Harry, and Conger--all contribute information and emotions, caught up in a kind of ongoing, never-ending, simultaneous present. This story is a composite, a mosaic, a song. It is imbued with oral tradition, Apache medicine, and the dance of the Chiricahua Mountain Spirits. Through Watson, Harry, and Conger, one man's life becomes a circle, blending history with the sacred in the telling of a distinctly Native story.
This sixth volume in the regional series of books looking at the industrial railways of England, Wales and Scotland specifically covers Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, a region widely associated with the rapid growth of industry during the Industrial Revolution. The widespread coal mining activities, which particularly influenced the economy of the region during the twentieth century, were once served by an extensive network of railways, and some also by canals. The Manchester Ship Canal railways at Trafford Park and Ellesmere Port are featured, but there were also other ports and docks around Liverpool and at Preston, all having extensive railways and fascinating locomotive fleets. These are covered, along with the colliery railways and many of the numerous power stations which were once strategically located around the region, some fed directly from adjacent coal mines. Peat workings, chemicals works, oil refineries, salt mining, paper, steel, cement and glass manufacture are all covered. The area has a rich industrial heritage and the industrial railways of both standard and narrow gauges which once served the region were equally rich in variety. Primarily utilising previously unpublished colour photography, Gordon Edgar offers a fascinating view of industrial locomotives and railways in the area, essentially covering the last six decades.
Since it was built for maritime merchant John Harle in 1729, Rainham Hall has been home to coal traders, a scientist vicar, Vogue photographer Anthony Denney, and even hosted a wartime nursery. For the very first time, this guidebook brings together our research about the lives of all those who have owned, lived in and shaped Rainham Hall. It also provides an insight into the Heritage Lottery Fund supported conservation project completed in 2015, and what the future holds for the Hall and its place at the heart of Rainham village.
Introducing a fresh, updated edition of a Pitkin best-selling guidebook. Built around Britain's only natural hot mineral springs, Bath has been a spa town for 2,000 years. The gushing thermal waters, thought to have great healing powers, are said to have originated as rainwater which fell on the Mendip Hills. The water rises from a depth of 3,000 metres (10,000ft) at over one million litres (220,000 gallons) a day and remains at a constant temperature of 46 DegreesC, reaching the surface in three places in the city centre. Designated a World Heritage Site, Bath, steeped in Roman and Georgian history, is a favoured destination for visitors worldwide.
Last Subway is the fascinating and dramatic story behind New York City's struggle to build a new subway line under Second Avenue and improve transit services all across the city. With his extraordinary access to powerful players and internal documents, Philip Mark Plotch reveals why the city's subway system, once the best in the world, is now too often unreliable, overcrowded, and uncomfortable. He explains how a series of uninformed and self-serving elected officials have fostered false expectations about the city's ability to adequately maintain and significantly expand its transit system. Since the 1920s, New Yorkers have been promised a Second Avenue subway. When the first of four planned phases opened on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 2017, subway service improved for tens of thousands of people. Riders have been delighted with the clean, quiet, and spacious new stations. Yet these types of accomplishments will not be repeated unless New Yorkers learn from their century-long struggle. Last Subway offers valuable lessons in how governments can overcome political gridlock and enormous obstacles to build grand projects. However, it is also a cautionary tale for cities. Plotch reveals how false promises, redirected funds and political ambitions have derailed subway improvements. Given the ridiculously high cost of building new subways in New York and their lengthy construction period, the Second Avenue subway (if it is ever completed) will be the last subway built in New York for generations to come.
Nymans was the home of the talented and creative Messel family. Today it is one of Englands most inspiring gardens. Exuberant floral displays, captivating views and stunning plant collections are designed to impress, while its rooms, corners and archways offer intimate and secret places in which to relax. At the centre of the garden stands the enchanting family home filled with beautifully arranged antiques and artefacts. Dramatic ruins add to the pervading sense of romance, while the woodland beyond beckons you to explore further. Featuring photographs old and new and quotes from family members, this book is an enlightening guide to a very special place.
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Stowe explores the magnificent landscape garden that is one of the most remakable legacies of Georgian England and the succession of extraordinary characters who made it. Created by Viscount Cobham in the grounds of his family home, the garden came to reflect a coherent programme of ideas based on Cobham's hugely influential network of political affiliations. Realised by designer William Kent, Stowe encapsulates an idealised vision of constitutional monarchy and political freedom. The garden features a series of extraordinary and innovative garden buildings, designed by leading architects of the day, all set in a carefully constructed Arcadian landscape of valleys and lakes. Cobham's immediate successors enhanced and extended the garden, naturalising its more formal aspects and openeing up fresh vistas towards the glorious new house that they constructged, as well as adding yet more temples and monuments. The house and garden were sold in l922 when Stowe School was founded. The National Trust first became involved in l967 and took over formal ownership of the garden in l989, initiating a major programme of restoration. Richly illustrated with superb garden photography, portraits and archive material, Stowe tells a fascinating sotry of power and personality, and celebrates a wonderful garden that was inspired by politics and rescued by a school.
Seen from the air, London takes on a whole new look. This new edition of the ever-popular Pitkin Guide Over London features all-new stunning aerial photography. This bird s-eye view takes in all the most famous sights, including Buckingham Palace and Nelson s column, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, the sweep of the Thames and the awe-inspiring London Eye, The Tower of London and Docklands, Kensington Palace and Covent Garden, St Paul s Cathedral and the City, the British Museum and the Globe and beyond to the splendours of Greenwich, Wimbledon, Wembley, Kew, Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Eton College. Included too are scenes of how London is developing and changing as preparations for the Olympic Games to be held in the city in 2012 take shape. Includes map.
Hindhead is a diverse, dramatic landscape and not just in appearance. These Surrey hills also have a myriad of stories to tell. This guidebook uncovers these stories: tales of isolated beginnings and a sailors infamous murder; of doomed businessman Whitaker Wright; and of the writers and philanthropists drawn to this area in the 19th century, including Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Linking them all is the Portsmouth Road. It too has a story, evolving from highwaymans haunt to subject of the groundbreaking A3 Tunnel Project completed in 2011. Among the philanthropists who settled here was Sir Robert Hunter, co-founder of the National Trust. This guidebook describes his impressive career, and shows how he secured Hindhead for the Trust and shaped the organisation we are today.
Lose yourself in the beauty of the Cotswolds as you bring to life this collection of exquisite images. From Bath to Chipping Camden, colour your way across one of the most distinctive countryside walks in the British Isles, taking in the likes of Painswick, Stanton, Winchcomb and a host of other idyllic Cotswold villages. Also included is an array of nearby landmarks, including Blenheim Palace, the Gloucester Docks (complete with tall ships) and Beatrix Potter's The House of The Tailor of Gloucester, that capture the essence of this instantly recognisable region. This adult colouring book is a wonderful way to relax and unwind from the stress of day-to-day life.
This illustrated history portrays one of England's finest counties. It provides a nostalgic look at Somerset's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts. Somerset has a huge variety of landscapes, the flat marshlands of the Somerset Levels contrasting with the Mendip, Quantock and Blackdown Hills and the moorlands of Exmoor, as well as a coastline along the Bristol Channel. Somerset was an important part of the Saxon kingdom of Wessex and the region became prosperous in the Middle Ages through the wool trade. Although coal mining was developed in the north of the county and Yeovil became a centre of the aircraft and defence industries, much of Somerset is still largely rural, with the county town of Taunton in the heart of the county. Somerset draws many visitors to its historic attractions, not least the city of Bath with its Roman remains and Georgian architecture, the cathedral city of Wells and the town of Glastonbury with its striking Tor and abbey ruins. This book will help the reader to discover its remarkable history.
Original tales by remarkable writers Hometown Tales is a series of books pairing exciting new voices with some of the most talented and important writers at work today. Some of the tales are fiction and some are narrative non-fiction - they are all powerful, fascinating and moving, and aim to celebrate regional diversity and explore the meaning of home. In these pages on the Midlands, you'll find two unique works of fiction. A richly-imagined tale about a young girl adopted by a couple living in the village of Fleckney - 'Home Is Where the Heart Is' - by author of Costa-shortlisted Pao, Kerry Young. And 'Time and Seasons', a heartfelt, powerful story of young love across the ages in Milton Keynes by Carolyn Sanderson.
Singapore Then and Now brings together rare archival images of this global city-state and matches them with specially commissioned photos of the same sites as they appear today. Vaughan Grylls (author/photographer of Oxford Then and Now, Cambridge Then and Now and Hong Kong Then and Now) has rounded up all of the key sites that make up this fascinating and diverse place, from gleaming new skyscrapers and shopping malls to magnificent temples and ancient rainforests. The breathtaking contrast between past and present make this a fascinating addition to the long-running Then and Now series. Sites include: Elgin Bridge, Empress Place Building, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Fullerton Hotel, Johnston's Pier, Singapore Cricket Club, the Supreme Court, Capitol Theatre, Raffles Hotel, Masjid Sultan Mosque, Ellison Building, Coleman Bridge, Fort Canning, National Museum, YMCA Building, Cathay Building, Thian Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple, Tanjong Pagar Dock, Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Johor-Singapore Causeway, Ford Factory, Changi Village.
Every town and city saw changes occur throughout the twentieth century, and Canterbury was no exception. "Canterbury Then & Now" takes you on a tour around the narrow streets and timber-framed buildings of both the Canterbury of decades past and the Canterbury of the present day. Even in the streets surrounding the famous cathedral, historic views have been dramatically altered by twentieth-century slum clearances, the effects of the Blitz and aggressive town planning. In 45 colorful pairings of archive scenes with modern photography, Paul Crampton captivatingly illustrates the most significant of the changes that have taken place in Canterbury, from the redevelopment of the city center to the evolution of modern transport and fashions, taking the reader on a fascinating journey through the history of Canterbury's streets.
Part of the bestselling 'Then and Now' series, Manchester Then and Now visually charts the huge changes that have affected the city from the 1860s. The building of the ship canal in the late Victorian era turned Manchester into the UK's third biggest port. The industrial boom of the 1930s and post-war bust followed by the regeneration with the Commonwealth Games are all featured in a book that includes some spectacular aerial comparisons. A wonderful visual guide to Manchester, past and present. Some 70 historic photographs of Manchester's past are paired with specially commissioned contemporary views taken from the same vantage point. You can see the same streets and buildings as they were 'then' and as they are 'now'. The book features the changes to the city created by the massive IRA bomb of 1996, the demolition of some of the 1960s architecture and its redevelopment, the conversion of old mills to modern apartments and the renaissance of the Salford Quays as sought-after residential areas. Some of the recent strong setpiece buildings of Manchester are also included, such as the futuristic Imperial War Museum North and the 169-m tall Beetham Tower. And, of course, the evolution of the city's sports stadia is charted with images of Old Trafford Main Road, the Belle Vue stadium and Lancashire County Cricket's Old Trafford test area.
An intriguing look at the life that was led in the country homes and estates now cared for by the National Trust in the period between the 1840s to the end of WWII. Over 250 wonderfully evocative photographs from the archives of the various properties tell intriguing tales of the owners and their families, their guests, and the men and women employed in the house and on the estate, what they looked like and what they did day to day. Some of the photographs are set pieces, taken as a record of special events such as a visit by a member of the royal family or the coming of age of the son and heir; others give a picture of a normal day in the workings of the household. Capturing unique moments such as the Duke and Duchess of York on their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey and Churchill breakfasting at Chartwell and accompanied by a fascinating commentary from social historian Elizabeth Drury, this book gives a wonderful glimpse into life in the great English country houses.
A golf course, a pet cemetery and a suite fit for royalty: welcome to Polesden Lacey, former home of the indomitable and controversial socialite, Maggie Greville (also known as Mrs Ronnie), and country retreat for the Edwardian eras rich and famous. This guidebook uncovers the life of Mrs Greville and the experiences of those who visited and worked for her at Polesden Lacey. Find out what life was like for her army of servants; marvel at the glittering gold Saloon, where weekend guests were entertained by renowned London acts; and discover what the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) got up to on their honeymoon here. Additional features include an extensive guide to Polesden Laceys gardens, and in-depth information on some of Mrs Grevilles most important collections, such as her Faberge objects, and paintings.
"Painting is about studying the impression of a pebble falling onto the surface of the water, a bird in flight, the sun receding over the sea or among the mountain pines and laurels." -Joan Miro This quote from the world-famous Catalan painter Miro, describing his approach to art, served as a guiding principle for famed aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand as he set out to explore Catalonia. This region of northeastern Spain boasts a unique variety of landscapes, from sea to mountains to radiant Barcelona. With his trademark poetry and magic, Arthus-Bertrand captures expansive landscapes as well as intimate experiences in 150 photographs. Ramon Folch's text introduces us to the history, culture, and key locations in Catalonia.
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