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Regional History

  • Yorkshire, a Very Peculiar History

    John Malam

    Product Code: ABANK
    Hardback
    Yorkshire is well known for its miners, pudding and cricket, but Yorkshire: A Very Peculiar History scrapes beyond the surface and past the cliches. Featuring a host of characters from Yorkshire past and present, from Guy Fawkes to Michael Parkinson, it's not all grit and grime! Tracing Yorkshire's history back through Roman and Viking rule, to the various tribes which populated the area in prehistoric times, Yorkshire: A Very Peculiar History covers the largest county in England from all angles. Featuring quirky tales of Yorkshire's crucial role in the industrial revolution, and detailed stories about the famed Wars of the Roses, this book tells the astonishing tale of this large and historic county and its people and culture, including recipes, lists and maps.
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  • A History of Whitby

    Andrew White

    Product Code: BTLDM
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    Whitby is well known today as a seaside resort and a picturesque place to visit, with its piers, boats, fine sands and, overlooking its tangle of red-roofed houses, the ruins of its Abbey in one of the most splendid settings in Britain for such romantic remains. But few of its many visitors would guess the long history of the town or its significance, from time to time, in national affairs. The only comprehensive history of Whitby, it rapidly sold out and Dr White, its author, of ancient Whitby stock, has now fully revised and updated his book, with some new illustrations and interpretations. This new edition will continue as the definitive work on Whitby.
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  • Film Locations of Oxford

    Phoebe Taplin

    Product Code: BQACS
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    Harry Potter, A Fish Called Wanda, Inspector Morse, Downton Abbey and X Men are just a few of the films that have become synonymous with the world renowned University City of Oxford. This new Pitkin souvenir guide highlights key sites that have become famously linked to these internationally successful and much loved films and TV specials. Not limited to Oxford city centre, this guide will also include the often-used film location Blenheim Palace, located just outside Oxford. With 15 individual Walks around Oxford, and information on both architecture and filming history, this guide will become a must-have souvenir for every visitor to Oxford.
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  • Warrington: From New Town to New City?

    Janice Hayes

    Product Code: CBRIH
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    Warrington is a town with a long history and a future shaped by its designation as a New Town in 1968. Over the last half century the landscape and the lives of its inhabitants have changed dramatically. Older residents of the former Lancashire industrial town barely recognise the town of their youth whilst incomers and younger residents only know life in a thriving Cheshire centre with ambitions to be seen as a city. During the last 50 years there have been major changes to the demographics of the area and the built environment by creating new communities and bringing former Lancashire and Cheshire villages within the town which has effectively trebled in size. The redundant Second World War sites of Risley munitions works and the former military bases at Burtonwood and Padgate have been redeveloped. Already some of the townscape created in the 1980s as a result of the New Town plan is being rebuilt and by 2019 a new local plan will finalise the next stage of redevelopment. 'Warrington: From New Town to New City?' Is based on a community-wide local history project to create a permanent record of these crucial years in the town's development. It will involve oral history to capture the memories of those who remember the town from the pre-1960 era or who were involved in the New Town planning, or saw their area change drastically as a result. It will also capture the memories and images of the New Town over the last 50 years and be a mixture of official records with community contributions from old and young alike. This fascinating book reveals Warrington's transformation from post-wartime austerity to twenty-first century prosperity through the extensive photographic archive, records held by Culture Warrington and the memories and family archives of Warringtonians themselves.
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  • Durham City in 50 Buildings

    Derek Dodds

    Product Code: CBRDY
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    The historic city of Durham attracts many visitors each year. They are drawn to its iconic buildings, particularly the great Norman Cathedral and Castle as well as the surrounding and relatively unspoilt medieval town. In this tour of the famed city, this book showcases 50 of these wonderful structures. It features the most renowned buildings of course but then goes beyond the ancient town core to describe Durham's flourishing University campus as well as bridges, chapels, theatres and pubs and more recent (and more controversial) architectural adventures. All of them - ancient and modern - help to tell Durham's extraordinary story. Added together they make up what has aptly been called `The Durham Experience'. Durham City in 50 Buildings explores the history of this fascinating city through a selection of its most interesting buildings and structures, including less well known buildings tucked away, showing the changes that have taken place over the years. The book will appeal to all those who live in Durham or visit the city or who have an interest in the area.
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  • Salford in 50 Buildings

    Carole O'Reilly

    Product Code: CBZAS
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    Although little is recorded of its earlier history, Salford is a city of great antiquity. In 1228, Henry III granted the Lancashire town the right to hold a market and an annual fair. Centuries later, it was the Industrial Revolution that had a phenomenal impact, with Salford becoming one of the greatest cotton towns. With the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894, the newly built docks in Salford became another major factor shaping the local economy. Today the city is made up of five districts: Salford, Eccles, Worsley, Irlam and Cadishead, and Swinton and Pendlebury. Home to 220,000 people, Salford is constantly changing and moving into an exciting future as a thriving cultural, economic and residential location. In Salford in 50 Buildings, authors Carole O'Reilly and Paul Rabbitts uncover fifty of the city's architectural treasures and landmarks from across the centuries. These are the places that reflect the city's history and tell the stories of its people and their way of life. Among those featured are university buildings, the cathedral, Irlam railway station, Worsley Old Hall, Ordsall Hall, together with schools, shops, pubs and churches. Each one chronicles a fascinating aspect of the city's cultural, social and industrial heritage. From urban buzz to greenbelt tranquillity, Salford is building on the mixture of its waterfront, urban and countryside environments to create places where people want to live, work, invest and visit. Its modern structures reflect this change including iconic buildings such as the Lowry Theatre and Salford Quays. The city celebrates its Victorian heritage as well as embracing the future with stunning new architecture.
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  • Portsmouth The Postcard Collection

    Alan Spree

    Product Code: CBYSX
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    The city of Portsmouth, on the Hampshire coast, has been an important naval base for centuries and is still home to much of the Royal Navy's fleet today. The town has grown around its dockyards, spreading down to include the resort of Southsea on the southern point of Portsea Island in the nineteenth century. At the turn of the twentieth century Portsmouth was regarded as the world's greatest port, with a large proportion of the town working in the dockyards, particularly refitting ships during the First World War. Portsmouth became a city in 1926 and, as a major naval base and embarkation centre for the troops for D-Day, it was a target for heavy aerial bombardment during the Blitz, which left much of the old city and the surrounding areas destroyed. In Portsmouth The Postcard Collection the author has drawn on a remarkable selection of old postcards to give a pictorial record of life in Portsmouth in the past, from c. 1900 to the end of the Second World War. Although much of historical Portsmouth was lost during the Second World War, some landmarks have remained and will be familiar today. The postcards show the changes to Portsmouth's fabric and its community adapting and changing over the course of this period, and will be of interest to those who have lived in Portsmouth or know it well.
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  • Shrewsbury History Tour

    Dorothy Nicolle

    Product Code: BYZTW
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    Shrewsbury, Shropshire's county town, has been an important trading and administrative centre since medieval times because of its position on the River Severn close to the Welsh border. Much of the town's wealth derives from the wool trade, and this is reflected in the timber-framed buildings from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries many of which remain today and are listed. The naturalist Charles Darwin was born in the town and spent his early life there. In `Shrewsbury History Tour' author Dorothy Nicolle takes readers on a fascinating journey to see how the town has altered during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With the help of a handy location map, this pocket-sized guide explores the streets, buildings and landmarks, and discovers the well-known and hidden aspects of Shrewsbury's heritage together with its architectural gems.
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  • Colchester History Tour Revised Edition

    Patrick Denney

    Product Code: BYNFF
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    This revised edition of Colchester History Tour includes new illustrations of Colchester's landmarks from Roman times to the present day. Author Patrick Denney guides us around Colchester's well-known streets and buildings and offers a fascinating insight into the history of this town in Essex, 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 Colchester.
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  • Illustrated Tales of Norfolk

    John Ling

    Product Code: BZAAL
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    The beautiful county of Norfolk is one of the most visited of English counties and also one of the oldest. But beneath its rural idyll lies a Norfolk that is surprising and often stranger than fiction. Local author and historian John Ling brings us some of the county's strange and mythical tales, from the ancient legend of the giant supernatural dog known locally as Black Shuck, which provided inspiration for 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', to the strange case of the vicar who, after being defrocked was killed in a lion's cage while delivering a sermon. Norfolk has a wealth of fascinating and often disturbing stories, many of which are featured in this hugely entertaining book.
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  • Buckinghamshire Folk Tales

    Red Phoenix

    Product Code: BYVFA
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    In this collection you will find stories from throughout Buckinghamshire: an ancient county with flowing rivers, Iron Age track ways, Roman roads, and the Chiltern Hills cutting their path across it. Where its woods once hid outlaws and highwaymen and its proximity to London made it popular with royalty, now busy motorways and new towns allow new residents to settle and make the stories of the future. Milton Keynes, known as a new town, is in reality home to many an old tale.
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  • Lost Durham

    Michael Richardson

    Product Code: BYJNG
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    The city of Durham in north-east England, lying on the River Wear, has long been an important centre in the region since St Cuthbert was buried there in the tenth century and the Normans built their imposing cathedral and castle. The city became the centre of many coal mining communities in the surrounding area during the Industrial Revolution and the university, founded in 1832, took over many buildings in the historic centre of the town and continued to expand in the twentieth century. Today the mines have closed but the communities built around them remain, and the city has experienced postwar development of its commercial areas. 'Lost Durham' presents a portrait of this city in north-east England and a way of life that has radically changed or disappeared today, showing the buildings, streets and industries that have gone or changed. This fascinating photographic history of lost Durham will appeal to all those who live in the city or know it well, as well as those who remember it from previous decades.
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  • Secret Anglesey

    Geraint Wyn Hughes

    Product Code: BXHPH
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    As an island of 715 square kilometres off the northwest coast of Wales, Anglesey has a fascinating history. Separated from the mainland by the narrow Menai Strait, the island's complex geological foundations include some of the oldest rocks in Wales. Standing stones and burial chambers are evidence of human settlement from the earliest times, before the Roman invasion of the Celtic Anglesey. Over the centuries Anglesey has had many different faces, from its holy places, agricultural villages and local industries, to its seaside resorts and bustling towns. Today the island is joined to the mainland by two iconic nineteenth-century bridges - Thomas Telford's Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, originally built by Robert Stephenson and the island attracts many visitors. In Secret Anglesey author Geraint Wyn Hughes reveals the often hidden history of Anglesey, exploring the less well-known episodes and characters in the story of the island through the centuries. With tales of often tucked away places and unusual characters, fully illustrated with photography, the ook will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this island in northwest Wales.
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  • A-Z of Warrington

    Janice Hayes

    Product Code: BYABX
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    From its heyday in the nineteenth century as a major centre of wire making, textiles, chemical production and brewing, through to its subesquent reinvention as a new town in the late 1960s, Warrington has a proud heritage. In this new book, local author and cultural curator Janice Hayes takes the reader on a fascinating A-Z tour of the town's history, from Roman Wilderspool via a lost medieval castle to the magnificent Town Hall adorned with its Golden Gates and highlights Warrington's unique customs. Along the way meet the famous and infamous characters who have played their parts on the local and even international stage, shaping the town's history and key events.
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  • A-Z of Cambridge

    Sarah E. Doig

    Product Code: BYABW
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    The city of Cambridge is justly renowned for its world-famous university, but its history encompasses much more. Lying just south of the Fens in East Anglia it has been an important town in the region since the Middle Ages and today it is a rapidly growing centre for the most advanced high-tech industries. A-Z of Cambridge is a readable yet factual alternative history of the city, revealing the stories behind Cambridge's streets, buildings and people. It brings to life the centuries-old rivalry between town and gown, and tells the tale of how the city's residents and its university population have shaped the Cambridge of the twenty-first century. All aspects of Cambridge's history are included, from books, with one of Britain's oldest chained libraries at Trinity Hall and Samuel Pepys' original diary at his old college at Magdalene, to oysters, sold at the largest fair in medieval Europe, once held every year on Stourbridge Common. Famous residents have also left their mark, not least Sir Isaac Newton - apple trees in the city are said to be derived from the original tree under which the mathematician sat when he formulated his theory of gravity. This quirky A-Z guide to the history of the city is fully illustrated with colour photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in Cambridge.
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  • Historic England: The Black Country

    Andrew Homer

    Product Code: BYAAW
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    This illustrated history portrays one of England's fascinating regions - the Black Country in the West Midlands. It provides a nostalgic look at the Black Country's past 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. The Black Country in the West Midlands has long been an important region in England. The towns and villages west of Birmingham, around Dudley, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Wallsall prospered from its rich mineral resources from mediaeval times, particularly through coal mining and iron working. These towns were at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution in Britain and by the 18th century the area was continuously built up and the site of intensive industry and manufacturing, served by a network of canals, followed by the railways in the next century. In the latter part of the 20th century coal mining in the Black Country rapidly declined and heavy industry and manufacturing moved away. The landscape of the area has changed rapidly in the regeneration of the area in subsequent decades but the Black Country's unique heritage has not been lost.
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  • Secret Dover

    Jeff Howe

    Product Code: BXHPF
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    The history of the ancient town of Dover goes back to Roman times and beyond. The port of Dover, lying at the shortest crossing point to France and continental Europe, has long played an important role in the history this country. The Norman conquest left its mark on Dover with the mighty castle keep on the heights overlooking the town and it has been the site of many British embarkations, as well as in the front-line of our defences, through the ages. In Secret Dover author Jeff Howe reveals the history behind Dover, its streets and buildings and the people connected with the town. Alongside the famous historical connections, he includes some unusual characters, not least the intrepid souls who have attempted to cycle across the Channel, tucked away places such as the cavernous oil tanks cut into the cliffs to supply warships during World War 2, less well-known associations such as the foundation of the Flat Earth Society in the town in 1956, and forgotten events such as the Dover Show for livestock. The changing face of Dover is also recorded in the coming and going of numerous important buildings and the disappearance of the famous `Golden Arrow' Boat Train. This fascinating account of secret Dover and its history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this ancient town.
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  • Bridgnorth History Tour

    Clive Gwilt

    Product Code: BWVGN
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    Located in the south-east of Shropshire, Bridgnorth is divided into High Town and Low Town on opposite banks of the River Severn. Among its landmarks are its seventeenth-century, half-timbered town hall and the precariously leaning ruins of its castle, the result of an attempt to blow it up in the Civil War. Bridgnorth also has its funicular railway linking Low Town and High Town, which is the oldest and steepest inland railway of its kind in England. In Bridgnorth History Tour local author Clive Gwilt takes the reader on a fascinating journey to see how the town has altered during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With the help of a handy location map, this pocket-sized guide explores the streets, buildings and landmarks, and discovers the well-known and hidden aspects of Bridgnorth's heritage together with its architectural gems. The tour, showing the changing face of the town, will be of interest to visitors and residents alike.
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  • Churches of the Marches

    John Kinross

    Product Code: BUJVC
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    In this stunning, full-colour book, John Kinross explores the fascinating history behind the smaller, lesser-known churches of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and the Welsh borders. Areas characterised by their rural beauty and agricultural charm, it is no surprise that they are home to such extraordinary relics. From the tiny church of St David, Rhulen, in Radnorshire to the even smaller church of Hope Bagot, St John, with its nearby well and wild flowers, each site tells a different tale. Beautifully illustrated and extremely informative, Churches of the Marches is a must-read that pinpoints the ecclesiastical treasures of our Marches.
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  • A-Z of the City of Durham

    Andrew Graham Stables

    Product Code: BUOXD
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    Durham is a remarkable city, a priceless historical gem and, deservedly, a World Heritage Site. Over 1,000 years Durham's great beauty and history has inspired many architectural descriptions and guides. In this new book, author and historian Andrew Graham Stables takes the reader on a fascinating A-Z tour of the city's history, through the cathedral's darkened cloisters, the city's narrow medieval streets and fascinating jumble of buildings and the river's winding pathways, along the way relating many a tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, the A-Z of the City or Durham will appeal to residents and visitors alike.
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  • Cardiff and the Valleys at War 1939-45

    Gary Dobbs

    Product Code: BTAMD
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    When Britain declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939, Cardiff and its surroundings, like every other city, town, hamlet and village in the country, sent forth large numbers of young men to fight against the oppression of Hitler and the Nazis. This is a story not only of the war itself, but of the way war affected those far away from the battlefields, and of how a nation stood together in the face of a seemingly unstoppable force. The book pays particular attention to the way Welsh society changed during the war years, far reaching changes that are still felt in the country today. The book details the enormity of the human sacrifice paid by the people of Cardiff and its surrounding areas, but also contains many examples of the way ordinary people stood proud, defiant in their determination to bring about the downfall of the Nazis. Lavishly illustrated with over fifty original and modern-day photographs, this book is essential reading for anyone interest in military and social history.
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  • The Midland & South Western Junction Railway Through Time

    Steph Gillett

    Product Code: BRNHI
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    The Midland & South Western Junction Railway was formed in 1884 by amalgamation of the Swindon, Marlborough & Andover and the Swindon & Cheltenham Extension railways. It provided a north-south link between the Midland and the London & South Western railways through the heartland of the Great Western Railway. It also served several military establishments in Wiltshire. It joined the Banbury & Cheltenham Direct Railway at Andoversford with running rights to Cheltenham; its junction with the L&SWR was at Andover. Passing west of the GWR station at Swindon, it is sometimes referred to as `Swindon's Other Railway' but was absorbed by the GWR in 1923. The line was closed by British Railways in 1961, apart from a few freight sections that had gone by 1970. The Swindon & Cricklade heritage railway is recreating some of the line from its base at Blunsdon. Several sections of the trackbed have been converted to pleasant walking and cycling routes.
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  • Secret Pinner

    Thamar MacIver

    Product Code: BRMPW
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    Pinner is now part of Greater London, but for most of its history it was an agricultural backwater, though one which experienced great changes. Pinner's past has many fascinating aspects. In the Middle Ages it was part of the Archbishop of Canterbury's huge manor of Harrow, and Headstone Manor and Pinner Park Farm preserve relics from this time. By the early nineteenth century Pinner had its own workhouse, toll gate and a stagecoach service to London. The railways brought prosperous Victorian and Edwardian commuters, whose families made Pinner their rural idyll. As others followed, the area was transformed with new stations, shopping centres and residential areas. Famous people associated with Pinner include Mrs Beeton and names associated with the arts and comedy such as William Heath Robinson and Ronnie Barker. Secret Pinner explores lesser-known episodes in Pinner's history including its first policemen, suffragettes and the family of agricultural labourers who gave their name to Rayners Lane. With tales of remarkable people, unusual events and tucked-away historical buildings, it will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this London suburb.
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  • The Little Book of Cumbria

    David Ramshaw

    Product Code: BPMYI
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    This is a fact-packed compendium of snippets from the past and present, including historical tales, legends and myths of the Lake District and the rest of the region from Barrow to Carlisle. The towns and villages all have their stories to tell of industries past and present, of natural and man-made disasters, of past battles, of law and order, crimes and punishments. You will read of the people, their traditions, their heritage, language and folklore. The topics range from amusing trivia to great events that changed things forever. You can read the book from cover to cover or dip in at your leisure.
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