• The Arts
      November 2020

      Bristol in Photographs

      by Rich Wiltshire

      Bristol has been a major city in England since the Middle Ages. Its position on the confluence of the Rivers Avon and Frome, near the coast on the west of the country, allowed it to capitalise on trade with the American colonies and in the eighteenth cent

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Celebrating Blackpool

      by Janet Rigby

      The Lancashire seaside town of Blackpool has been popular with visitors for over 200 years. The arrival of the railways in 1846 brought ever more people into what was soon developed as a large town and its famous illuminations and Golden Mile, the three p

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Celebrating Cork

      by Kieran McCarthy

      Situated in the south-west of Ireland, the port city of Cork is right on the very edge of Western Europe and has always been open to influences from Europe and the wider world. The amalgamation of these influences has created a vibrant and historic twenty

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Celebrating Edinburgh

      by Jack Gillon

      Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has much to celebrate. The city has been central to Scottish life and its history for many centuries. Its festivals attract visitors from all over the world, the quality of its architecture has been awarded the highest

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2020

      Chester's Military Heritage

      by Adrian and Dawn L. Bridge

      The ancient walled city of Chester has an illustrious military history dating back to Roman times when a fort, four times the size of anything else in Britannia, was built here. In this book, local authors Adrian L. Bridge and Dawn Preece chronicle the ci

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2020

      Cornwall's Military Heritage

      by Andrew Powell-Thomas

      The county of Cornwall in the far South West of England is surrounded by sea on three sides. Resisting Roman and Anglo-Saxon invaders, it retained its Celtic independence separate from the rest of England into the Middle Ages. Cornwall has a rich military

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2020

      Country Houses of the Marches

      by John Kinross

      The Marches – the border area between Wales and England – was semi-independent during much of the Middle Ages and today retains a special character. In this book author John Kinross explores the country houses built over the centuries in the border areas

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Evesham History Tour

      by Stan Brotherton

      Evesham History Tour offers an insight into the fascinating history of this Worcestershire town. Author Stan Brotherton guides us around its well-known streets and buildings, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they have changed over the

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Greenwich Reflections

      by David C. Ramzan

      Greenwich was home to a royal palace from mediaeval times, and was a particular favourite of the Tudor monarchs and the Royal Observatory was built in Greenwich Park in the reign of Charles II. Lying on the River Thames in South East London, it has a stro

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Historic England: Cornwall

      Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England

      by Christine Parnell, Sheila Richardson

      This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest counties. It provides a nostalgic look at Cornwall’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Arc

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Historic England: Wiltshire

      Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England

      by Mike Stone,

      This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest counties. It provides a nostalgic look at Wiltshire’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Ar

    • The Arts
      November 2020

      Islington & Clerkenwell in 50 Buildings

      by Lucy McMurdo

      The London districts of Islington and Clerkenwell are charming to explore. Within their streets are the greatest variety of architectural styles ranging from Tudor, Georgian and Victorian to modernist and contemporary twenty-first century design. In ‘Isl

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Leith Reflections

      by Jack Gillon, Fraser Parkinson

      In 1560, Mary of Guise moved the Scottish Court to Leith, a site that is now Parliament Street, off Coalhill. Serving Edinburgh's shipbuilding and repair facilities, in subsequent centuries Leith's port saw the opening of a new Wet Dock, the first of its

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Liverpool The Postcard Collection

      by Alan Spree

      Liverpool was a small port on the River Mersey in the mediaeval period but started to grow rapidly in the 18th century, benefitting from the expanding transatlantic trade. Wealthy merchants built large houses and invested in the city. During the Victorian

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Lost Manchester

      by Jean & John Bradburn

      Like many cities in the UK, Manchester has changed dramatically over the years and continues to do so. The 'Second City of Empire' was a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, especially in textile manufacture, and for a time was the most productive cen

    • Health & Personal Development
      November 2020

      Paranormal Berkshire

      by Robert Bard

      In this book, author Robert Bard guides readers on a spine-tingling journey to discover the paranormal and unexplained happenings that have occurred throughout Berkshire. From haunted sites to spectral figures and supernatural phenomena here is an eerie e

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Secret Hexham & Corbridge

      by Andrew Graham Stables

      The picturesque and historic town of Hexham is situated within a few miles of Hadrian’s Wall and though there was probably no Roman settlement here, only three miles away was a large Roman supply base at Corbridge called Corstopitum. Visitors to Hexham to

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Secret Truro

      by Christine Parnell, Sheila Richardson

      Truro has been an important port since the Middle Ages and its status as a stannary town allowing it to assay and stamp copper and tin from Cornish mines also brought prosperity to the town. Wealthy families settled in Truro, benefitting from mining and o

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Steam Around Doncaster in the 1960s

      by Keith W. Platt

      The 1960s saw the final hurrah of steam on the railways – the final period of steam-powered locomotives dominating the main line. This meant that a colourful array of traffic could be found across the length and breadth of Great Britain, and an army of en

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2020

      Wolverhampton Reflections

      by Alec Brew

      Wolverhampton was a Staffordshire market town in the Middle Ages, but became a major industrial town during the Industrial Revolution, renowned for coal mining, metal working and steel making. The prosperity brought to the town from this era is in evidenc

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