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Britain's Lost Lines - New Uses for Former Railway Sites (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Britain's Lost Lines - New Uses for Former Railway Sites (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R393 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R84 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1963 the infamous Beeching Report saw the closure of more than 2,500 railway stations and the lifting of 5,000 miles of track. This released a large amount of land that has since been put to an amazing array of uses. The gentle gradients that were once perfect for trains are in turn perfect as footpaths and cycleways. Stations have become refreshment stops or cycle hire premises on new leisure routes. Yards now serve as recreation sites, grassland, retail parks or housing developments. And there are the unusual and quirky: signal boxes used as greenhouses, hen coops and art studios; railway sheds housing mechanics; youth groups and dance studios; and, of course, much has simply become overgrown. This delightful book explores the many surprising uses for what was once a part of the busy railway network of the British Isles.

Nottinghamshire Place Names (Paperback, New): Anthony Poulton-Smith Nottinghamshire Place Names (Paperback, New)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R346 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Shropshire Murders" brings together numerous murderous tales, some which were little known outside the county, and others which made national headlines. Contained within the pages of this book are the stories behind some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Shropshire. They include the Revd Robert Foulkes, who killed his illegitimate child in 1678; the murder of Catherine Lewis by John Mapp at Longden in 1867; the horrific axe murders committed by John Doughty at Church Stretton in 1924; and the tragic death of Dennis O'Neill, who was beaten and starved by his foster parents in 1944. Nicola Sly's carefully researched and enthralling text will appeal to anyone interested in the shady side of Shropshire's history.

The English Riviera: Paignton, Brixham & Torquay Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.): Anthony Poulton-Smith The English Riviera: Paignton, Brixham & Torquay Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R391 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R73 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The three towns of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay form the area of the Devon coast known as the English Riviera, due to the sandy beaches, mild climate and host of leisure attractions. However, all three towns have their own, unique heritage. The market town of Paignton is characterised by its Saxon origins. Its ancient church and the traditional town green, along with the beautiful beach, make for the epitome of the English family holiday. Brixham is the home of the famous Brixham Trawlers and the tourist attraction replica of Sir Francis Drake's ship the Golden Hind. Torquay is different again. With its large harbour, thriving nightlife and balmy climate, it is easy to see why it became a fashionable Victorian resort. This collection of delightful photographs explores how the towns of Torbay developed to represent the best of the British seaside tradition.

The Origins of English Pub Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith The Origins of English Pub Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
East Kent Place Names - the Homes of Men and Maids of Kent (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith East Kent Place Names - the Homes of Men and Maids of Kent (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R344 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R43 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Shropshire Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Shropshire Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R346 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R71 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This dictionary of Shropshire place names examines their origins and meanings. It includes not only towns, villages and hamlets, but also rivers, streams, hills, fields and woods, as well as streets, buildings and public houses. A comprehensive description of the origin and evolution of each name is given, which brings to life the history of the place in a new and remarkably revealing way. Few are aware of the background of the names that are part of our everyday language, and Anthony Poulton-Smith brings this enthralling aspect of Shropshire's rich history to life.

Leicestershire and Rutland Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Leicestershire and Rutland Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R347 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This dictionary of Leicestershire and Rutland place-names examines their origins and meanings. It includes not only towns, villages and hamlets, but also rivers, streams, hills, fields and woods, as well as streets, buildings and public houses. A comprehensive description of the origin and evolution of each name is given, bringing to life the history of the place in a new and remarkably revealing way. Few are aware of the background of the names that are part of our everyday language, and Anthony Poulton-Smith uncovers this aspect of Leicestershire and Rutland's rich history to great effect.

Black Country Ghosts (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Black Country Ghosts (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R342 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R71 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Local author Anthony Poulton-Smith takes the reader on a fascinating A-Z tour of the haunted places of the Black Country. Contained within the pages of this book are strange tales of spectral sightings, active poltergeists and restless spirits appearing in streets, inns, churches, estates, public buildings and private homes across the area. They include the ghost of a murdered woman in Dudley's Station Hotel cellar, the tragic lovers of Cradley Heath's Haden Estate, Walsall's notorious Hand of Glory and Coseley's enormous black dog forecasting death. This new collection of stories, a product of both historical accounts and numerous interviews conducted with local witnesses, is sure to appeal to all those intrigued by the Black Country's haunted heritage.

Derbyshire Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Derbyshire Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R349 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This dictionary of Derbyshire place-names, their origins and meanings, includes districts, towns, villages, hamlets, together with notable buildings, as well as countryside features - such as fields, rivers, streams, hills and woods. A comprehensive description is given of how each name originated, thereby bringing to life the rich tapestry of history that has shaped Derbyshire over the centuries. Few of us are aware of the implications, symbolism and history of the names that we use every day, or indeed of the continuous process of naming and re-naming that goes on around us. Poulton-Smith's new book will be absorbing reading for anyone interested in the names of the Derbyshire's towns and villages. It is attractively illustrated with a selection of photographs.

Bloody British History: Stafford (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Bloody British History: Stafford (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R259 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From its earliest beginnings through to the last days of the Second World War, Staffordshire's county town has seen more than its fair share of gore. Its history is filled with blood, disease, pestilence, poison, dismemberment, decapitation, suicides and hauntings. Featuring life - and death - at Stafford Gaol, the sanguineous siege of the castle and many other tragic true tales from history, you'll never see it in the same way again!

Hampshire Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Hampshire Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Ever wondered where our towns and villages get their names from? Were they a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time? Which town took its name from one of the last surviving wolves in England? Where is there a name referring to an 18th century vegetarian delicacy? Who killed a king and had a pub named after him? And where was there a ford for games or sport? Hampshire Place Names examines the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed. This is not just a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in Hampshire.

Haunted Worcestershire (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Haunted Worcestershire (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R342 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R71 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anthony Poulton-Smith takes the reader on a fascinating A-Z tour of the haunted hotspots of Worcestershire. Contained within the pages of this book are strange tales of spectral sightings, active poltergeists, and restless spirits appearing in streets, inns, churches, estates, public buildings, and private homes across the area. They include tales from Worcester, Bewdley, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Tenbury Wells, and Stourport-on-Severn. This new collection of stories, a product of both historical accounts and numerous interviews conducted with local witnesses, is sure to appeal to all those intrigued by Worcestershire's haunted heritage.

Culture Wise America - the Essential Guide to Culture, Customs and Business Etiquette (Paperback): David Hampshire, Anthony... Culture Wise America - the Essential Guide to Culture, Customs and Business Etiquette (Paperback)
David Hampshire, Anthony Poulton-Smith, Susan Palmquist
R366 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R23 (6%) Out of stock

Culture Wise America is essential reading for anyone planning to visit or live in the USA, whether for business or pleasure, for a few weeks' holiday or a lifetime. It's designed to help newcomers avoid cultural and social gaffes; make friends and influence people; and enhance their understanding of America and its people. It explains what to expect and how to behave in most situations and get along with the locals and quickly feel at home � rather than feeling like a fish out of water. Culture Wise guides help remove the anxiety factor when dealing with a foreign culture and help new arrivals prepare for and alleviate culture shock and acclimatise to the local way of life.

Ley Lines Across the Midlands (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Ley Lines Across the Midlands (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R344 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R63 (18%) Out of stock

Some maintain that ley lines are the result of some 'earth force', others that they are the earliest routes marked out across the land. In his new book Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins and meanings of these ancient trackways, tracing them on foot and taking in markers that have been in existence for millennia to travel in a straight line from Shropshire and Gloucestershire in the west to Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire in the east. Whether they are tracked by dowsing or by a simple line on a map, Ley Lines across the Midlands is a fascinating read for walkers, historians, visitors and locals alike, and provides a very different view of the ancient history of the Midlands.

Worcestershire Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Worcestershire Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R256 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R41 (16%) Out of stock

Few of us are aware of the implications, symbolism and history of the names we use every day, or indeed of the continuous process of naming and re-naming that goes on around us. This comprehensive dictionary of Worcestershire place-names, their origins and meaning, includes districts, towns, villages and hamlets, together with notable buildings, as well as countryside features - such as fields, rivers, streams, hills and woods. A full description of how each name originated is given, thereby bringing to life the rich tapestry of history that has shaped Worcestershire over centuries.

Paranormal Cotswolds (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Paranormal Cotswolds (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R342 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R63 (18%) Out of stock

Published in a handy A-Z format, here you will find accounts of well-known hauntings, as well as many previously undiscovered locations. The author also attempts to provide fresh knowledge and personal accounts of new and traditional stories. Join author Anthony Poulton-Smith on a ghostly tour of the Cotswolds; Meet Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Parr, and Margaret of Anjou and discover the memories of Lord Berkeley, Lady Alice, Sir Lawrence Tanfield, and Fred Archer. Visit the famous homes of the region, including Blenheim Palace, Owlpen Manor, Sudeley Castle and the manor at Nether Lypiatt. Find the other kind of spirits in an assortment of pubs and hotels, churches and churchyards. As the reader opens the pages of Paranormal Cotswolds they will be confronted with a notorious highwayman, wrakes, demons, monks and nuns aplenty, bells, battles, a bear, horses (with and without coaches), a scythe, and even a lump of wood! Discover what gave the Trouble House Inn its name and uncover the problem at the Devil's Churchyard. Almost a hundred ghostly narratives are supported by fifty photographs. This book will delight the ghost hunters and the spiritual, intrigue the doubters, and even make the skeptical think again - it happened to the author, as you will discover.

Oxfordshire Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Oxfordshire Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R346 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R63 (18%) Out of stock

Ever wondered why our towns and villages get their names from? Were they a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time? Is there a feline cemetery on Cat's Brain Hill? Which streets remember the revival of Morris Dancing? Was there really a crossing place for cattle at Oxford? And when did Gibraltar, California and New Zealand come to Oxfordshire? Oxfordshire Place Names examines the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed. This is not just a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in Oxfordshire.

South Staffordshire Street Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith South Staffordshire Street Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R342 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R63 (18%) Out of stock

Ever wondered where our towns and villages get their names from? Were they a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time? South Staffordshire Street Names examines the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed. This is not just a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in Staffordshire.

South Devon Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith South Devon Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R343 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R63 (18%) Out of stock

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are so named? Were they a deliberate creation by our ancestors or did they evolve naturally over time? Which river was named from the blackberries which grow there? Why would a rock be called the Pig's Nose? What links beer and cathedrals? Why is Mincing Lake not a lake but a river? And just who were Peter and Mary Tavy? In these pages we examine the origins of the names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bringing to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed. This is not just a dictionary, but a history too, and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also to visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in South Devon.

East Sussex Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith East Sussex Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Out of stock

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Which place has a name meaning 'the landing place of the dwellers in the town'? Was Rat Farm really infested by rodents? Where is there a pub known by a number not a name? Which town has streets named after philosophers and theologians? Within these pages author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bring to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed. This is not simply a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in East Sussex.

West Sussex Place Names (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith West Sussex Place Names (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Out of stock

Ever wondered why our towns and villages are named as they are? Who named them and why? Was there really a look-out point at Warningcamp? Did the Anchor Bleu public house once boast a French landlord? What is a gribble as seen in the Gribble Inn? Which town declared itself independent in 1965? Within these pages author Anthony Poulton-Smith examines the origins of the place names with which we are otherwise so familiar. Towns, villages, districts, hills, streams, woods, farms, fields, streets and even pubs are examined and explained. Some of the definitions give a glimpse of life in the earlier days of the settlement, and for the author there is nothing more satisfying than finding a name which gives such a snapshot. The definitions are supported by anecdotal evidence, bring to life the individuals and events which have influenced the places and the way these names have developed. This is not simply a dictionary but a history and will prove invaluable not only for those who live and work in the county but also visitors and tourists, historians and former inhabitants, indeed anyone with an interest in West Sussex.

Not a Guide to: Torbay (Paperback, New): Anthony Poulton-Smith Not a Guide to: Torbay (Paperback, New)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R158 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R29 (18%) Out of stock

Did you know? Torbay, `The English Riviera' boasts 22 miles of coastline, with 20 beaches and coves. The famous Torbay palm is in fact a cabbage tree (cordyline australis) from New Zealand. The Torbay Picture House was Europe's oldest cinema. Seat 2, Row 2 was Agatha Christie's favourite. She was born in Torquay. Brixham's fishing fleet regularly lands more value than any other UK port outside Scotland. From the momentous to the outlandish, this book is packed full of fun facts and trivia about everything to do with this gem of Britain's coastline. Much more than a tourist guide, residents too will discover things they never knew about the town. Facts, history, humour; it's all here in this engaging little book.

Beeching: 50 Years On (Paperback, New): Anthony Poulton-Smith Beeching: 50 Years On (Paperback, New)
Anthony Poulton-Smith 1
R473 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R88 (19%) Out of stock

In 1963 Dr Beeching's infamous report signalled the end for over 15,000 miles of track, a third of Britain's stations, and for 70,000 jobs, as well as making irrevocable changes to the way of life of many consumers. Much misery was caused and Beeching's name was muddied, but in hindsight the report probably did more than any other single factor to preserve the nation's railway heritage. Without the Beeching cuts, much of the locomotives, stock, tracks, signals and signs would have crumbled, been forgotten or rotted. However, the gentle railway gradients lend themselves perfectly to walkways and cycle paths; buildings have been refurbished; memorabilia now commands prices at auction which would astonish those who painted the metal. And of course, the heritage lines continue to draw many thousands of visitors each year. After the initial shock of the cuts, this fresh appraisal considers these benefits and more, which may not have come about without the Beeching Report.

Tamworth Through Time (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Tamworth Through Time (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R392 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R74 (19%) Out of stock

Tamworth Through Time gives a vivid insight into the dramatic developments that have taken place in the town in the recent past. Anthony Poulton-Smith's fascinating new book recalls streets, houses and public buildings, shops, businesses and pubs that have vanished or been altered almost beyond recognition. The reader is taken on a conducted tour through the past and present streets of this ancient town, and is encouraged to compare present day streetscapes with archive photographs and other ilustrations created from the same viewpoint. The resulting contrast offers an illuminating insight into the evolution of the town over the last 200 years. It will be essential reading for anyone who is interested in how the Tamworth of yesterday evolved into the town of today.

Around Solihull Through Time (Paperback): Anthony Poulton-Smith Around Solihull Through Time (Paperback)
Anthony Poulton-Smith
R498 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R97 (19%) Out of stock

Historically a part of Warwickshire, Solihull is today one of the most prosperous parts of the West Midlands conurbation. From its beginnings as a medieval market town, Silhillians throughout the ages have seen almost continuous growth, this also seen in the town's motto Urbs in Rure 'Town in Country'. During the twentieth century the population grew from 7,500 in 1901 to reach six figures in the 1960s. Since then the town centre, which had stood largely unchanged for over a century, has been brought into the twenty-first century and attracts visitors from near and far. Cast an eye over the town over the last century and see how among the changes certain landmarks remain. Compare this to the many outlying villages where Silhillians from the Victorian era would doubtless recognise their homes over a century later.

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