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Our local history books cover your region's past and explain all about the events, conflicts and achievements that have helped shape it into where you live today.

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    London Uncovered (Hardback)

    Mark Daly

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    Featuring historic homes, palaces of entertainment, places of worship and unusual museums, London Uncovered presents 60 little-known places in the nation's capital for you to visit.

    All intriguing and visitable, the huge book is full of photographs that are sure to inspire you to visit these startling attractions. Together, they form an image of London which is strange, gaudy, grand, inventive and full of character.

    Endlessly fascinating, this coffee table book is a celebration of London and all its quirks. All of the places of interest's addresses, contact details and opening times are also listed.
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    Secret Anglesey (Paperback)

    Geraint Wyn Hughes

    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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    Wolverhampton Through Time (Paperback)

    Alec Brew

    The West Midlands city of Wolverhampton has a fascinating history. Originally a medieval market town, it grew rapidly during the Industrial Revolution through the new coal-mining and manufacturing industries because of its mineral resources, particularly iron, coal and limestone. With the decline of these industries in the late twentieth century, Wolverhampton has had to change yet again, but in spite of the many changes that have occurred here the city has retained its identity. This fascinating selection of old and new images of Wolverhampton will be essential reading for all those who know this part of the West Midlands.
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    Lincolnshire Railways (Paperback)

    Alan Stennett

    Lincolnshire is a largely rural county, which was reflected in the early history of the railway lines. The main lines mostly passed through on their way to somewhere else and the local traffic was handled by a large number of branch lines. Author Alan Stennett explores the history of the railways in Lincolnshire, starting with the very early days when it was expected that Lincoln would be on a main line to the north, only to lose out to what we now know as the East Coast Main Line. Using archive maps, original photographs and other sources, he traces the development of railways in the county, and their role in serving the great fishing port of Grimsby, 'bracing' East Coast resorts such as Cleethorpes and Skegness, the iron and steel industries of Scunthorpe and the agricultural heartland of the Fens. The network saw many early closures before being savaged by the Beeching cuts, but the story continues to the present day, where new developments offer renewed hope for what is left of the system.
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    Street Photography: A History in 100 Iconic Photographs (Hardback)

    David Gibson

    This visually arresting book takes the reader on a journey across the globe by presenting the most candid, immediate, and provocative images captured by the biggest names in street photography from its inception to today. Capturing daily life in every corner of the world, this sumptuous collection of great street photography shows the very best of the genre. From pre-war gelatin silver prints to 21st-century digital images, from documentary to abstract, from New York's Central Park to a mountain city in Mongolia, these photographs reveal the many ways street photography moves, informs, and excites us. The book includes work by the likes of Margaret Bourke-White, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joel Meyerowitz, Gordon Parks, Andr Kert sz, Garry Winogrand, Roger Mayne, and other masters of street photography who pushed the genre's boundaries and continue to innovate today. Each exquisitely reproduced photograph is presented on a double-page spread and accompanied by an informative text. David Gibson's insightful introduction traces the history of street photography, reflects on its broad appeal, and looks toward the future of the genre.
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    County Durham in Photographs (Paperback)

    Nathan Atkinson

    The county of Durham has a great diversity of beautiful landscapes. Photographer Nathan Atkinson has captured the county's essence in this collection of stunning images. From timeless villages to heather clad hills and waterfalls, from its dramatic coastline to rivers, lakes and forests, to historic Durham city with its world famous cathedral, ancient market towns and proud castles, and the striking legacy of great industries, County Durham in Photographs displays the county at its best. For those who are proud to live in the county, as well as those visiting, this book is a must. Look through these photographs and you will quickly see why this part of England has such enduring appeal.
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    Lake District The Postcard Collection (Paperback)

    Billy F.K. Howorth,Billy FK Howorth

    The Lake District (or Lakeland, as it's commonly known round these parts) is by far the UK's most popular national park. Every year, some 15 million people come here to explore the region's fells and countryside and it's not hard to see why. Ever since the Romantic poets arrived in the nineteenth century, its panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes has been stirring the imaginations of visitors. Among the many writers who found inspiration here are William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome and, of course, Beatrix Potter, a lifelong lover of the Lakes. Lake District The Postcard Collection takes the reader on an evocative journey into the past through a fascinating selection of old postcards which offer a window into the history of this most loved of England's places.
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    The Borley Rectory Companion (Paperback)

    Paul Adams

    Borley Rectory in Essex, built in 1862, should have been an ordinary Victorian clergyman's house. However, just a year after its construction, unexplained footsteps were heard within the house, and from 1900 until it burned down in 1939 numerous paranormal phenomena, including phantom coaches and shattering windows, were observed. In 1929 the house was investigated by the Daily Mail and paranormal researcher Harry Price, and it was he who called it `the most haunted house in England.' Price also took out a lease of the rectory from 1937 to 1938, recruiting forty-eight `official observers' to monitor occurences. After his death in 1948, the water was muddied by claims that Price's findings were not genuine paranormal activity, and ever since there has been a debate over what really went on at Borley Rectory. Paul Adams, Eddie Brazil and Peter Underwood here present a comprehensive guide to the history of the house and the ghostly (or not) goings-on there.
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    Cathedrals of Britain: West, South West and Wales (Paperback)

    Bernadette Fallon

    **Pointing persistently to heaven: A guide to UK cathedrals** Rich, rolling countryside and historic towns, scenic coasts and picture-perfect landscapes. The west of England and Wales has many attractions, and not least of these are its cathedrals. Here you'll find some of Britain's finest and most awe-inspiring. From the country's longest cathedral, at Winchester, to its smallest, at St Asaph. From the tallest spire in the country at Salisbury, to the longest Gothic stone vaulted ceiling in the world at Exeter. You'll also find the cathedral founded in the nation's smallest city by the man who would become the patron saint of Wales. One of the most impressive and famous cathedral fronts in the country, decorated with one of the largest collections of medieval statues in Europe. And one of only six abbeys saved from destruction during Henry VIII's purge of the Reformation.??? **Book Four: The West and South West of England and Wales**
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    Lake Windermere, Grasmere & Coniston Water Through Time (Paperback)

    Gill Jepson

    The Lake District is by far the UK's most popular national park. Every year some 15 million people come here to explore the region's fells and countryside and it's not hard to see why. Ever since the Romantic poets arrived in the nineteenth century, its panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes have been stirring the imaginations of visitors. Among the many writers who found inspiration here are William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome and, of course, Beatrix Potter - a lifelong lover of the Lakes. Lake Windermere is the largest of the lakes and this fascinating collection of old and new pictures shows how much has changed around the lake's shores. It also features nearby Coniston Water and Grasmere as well as the main tourist centres of Ambleside, Bowness-on-Windermere, Coniston and Windermere village.
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    Industries of East Shropshire Through Time (Paperback)

    Neil Clarke

    When the new town established in East Shropshire acquired the name `Telford' in 1968, sign boards set up on major roads entering the designated area announced, `Telford - Birthplace of Industry'. This reflected an earlier label applied to one of the historic areas within the New Town's boundary - Coalbrookdale: Cradle of the Industrial Revolution'. No doubt other areas in the country could claim a part in the origins of this seminal movement, but East Shropshire certainly had a major role in the development of the coal, iron and clay industries in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Today, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, with its ten different sites, encapsulates this story. The extractive and heavy manufacturing industries of the East Shropshire (Coalbrookdale) Coalfield declined in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, only to be briefly revived during the two World Wars, but the advent of the New Town in the late 1960s saw the setting up of industrial estates, which attracted a multitude of new light engineering, technical, food and service industries. This book surveys the range of industrial activity in East Shropshire from previous centuries to the present, and complements Neil Clarke's previous books on the transport history of the coalfield and it surrounding market towns.
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    Secret Aldeburgh to Southwold (Paperback)

    Terry Philpot

    Aldeburgh and Southwold are now very much delightful, fashionable coastal towns, set amid Suffolk's flat farming country, but in the eighteenth century the poet George Crabbe, a native and local clergyman, characterised the poverty wrought by Suffolk's ruined agricultural economy in his poem `The Village'. Today's residents and visitors walk not only in the steps of Crabbe but also in those ranging from the novelist Thomas Hardy to the explorer and Arabist C. M. Doughty. The Tudor and Jacobean holiday village of Thorpeness, dating from the 1920s, contrasts with the all-but-vanished village of Dunwich, with nine parish churches covered by the sea. Francis Drake's Golden Hindwas built in Aldeburgh, and the Battle of Sole Bay took place off Southwold. Aldeburgh was also a place where women's entry into medicine and female suffrage took significant steps. At Blythburgh is the `cathedral of the marshes'; at Wenhaston a medieval doom painting; while at Framlingham are the tombs of the Howard family, which include that of an illegitimate son of Henry VIII. The picturesque corridor from Aldeburgh to Southwold disguises a significant and volatile history that ebbed and flowed like the sea that has shaped it. Fully illustrated, this book delves beneath the surface to discover the area's lesser-known tales.
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    Secret Norwich (Paperback)

    Elizabeth Walne

    The `fine city' of Norwich has a long and intriguing history. Famous for its Norman cathedral built across an ancient crossroads and its imposing castle dominating the skyline, Norwich can simultaneously claim to have been second city of the kingdom and - for some, at least - a relatively quiet backwater. The city is well known as a centre for shoe manufacturing, brewing, weaving and chocolate and mustard production, but despite the Industrial Revolution, natural phenomena and man-made upheavals, Norwich has managed to hold on to more medieval churches than any city north of the Alps, as well as many other fascinating pieces of built heritage. Much has been written about the city, but Secret Norwichaims to explore some of the lesser-known aspects of its history. From the forgotten origins of our bestknown parks, through burial planning, plague, pox and pleasure gardens, and via libraries, larceny and landscapes, this book draws on more obscure stories and sources to tell remarkable stories about Norwich's people, events and buildings, appealing to anyone with an interest in the history of this fascinating city.
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    Historic England: The Lake District (Paperback)

    Billy F. K. Howorth,Billy FK Howorth

    This illustrated history provides a nostalgic look at the Lake District'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. The Lake District is by far the UK's most popular national park. Every year some 15 million people come here to explore the region's fells and countryside. Ever since the Romantic poets arrived in the nineteenth century, its panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes have been stirring the imaginations of visitors. Among the many writers who found inspiration here are William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome and, of course, Beatrix Potter, a lifelong lover of the Lakes. This book will help you discover the beauty that inspired them.
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    Grimsby Streets (Paperback)

    Emma Lingard

    Grimsby Streets is a journey through time, which examines the meaning of many of the towns names and their association with the Danish settlers, through to the Victorian era, and the men who helped develop the town and build its surrounding docks. Names of the great and good that were forgotten until now are explored, as well as some of the many famous people who were born there, and where they lived. The book also covers the many incidents, which occurred on Grimsby's streets, to give a colourful insight into the history of this once famous fishing port and some of the many wonderful buildings that stood in this proud port. Included throughout are a selection of old photographs, some of which have never been published before, which for many folk will give them a reminder of what this town used to be like before change and demolition in the 1960s.
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    London's Lost Rivers (Paperback)

    Paul Talling

    From the sources of the Fleet in Hampstead's ponds to the mouth of the Effra in Vauxhall, via the meander of the Westbourne through 'Knight's Bridge' and the Tyburn's curve along Marylebone Lane, "London's Lost Rivers" unearths the hidden waterways that flow beneath the streets of the capital. Paul Talling investigates how these rivers shaped the city - forming borough boundaries and transport networks, fashionable spas and stagnant slums - and how they all eventually gave way to railways, roads and sewers. Armed with his camera, he traces their routes and reveals their often overlooked remains: riverside pubs on the Old Kent Road, healing wells in King's Cross, 'stink pipes' in Hammersmith and gurgling gutters on streets across the city. Packed with maps and over 100 colour photographs, "London's Lost Rivers" uncovers the watery history of the city's most famous sights, bringing to life the very different London that lies beneath our feet.
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    Lancaster and York (Paperback)

    Alison Weir

    The war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England was characterised by treachery, deceit and at St Albans, Blore Hill and Towton, some of the bloodiest and most dramatic battles on England's soil. Between 1455 and 1487, the royal coffers were bankrupted and the conflict resulted in the downfall of the houses of Lancaster and York and the emergence of the illustrious Tudor dynasty. Alison Weir's lucid and gripping account focuses on the human side of history, on the people and personalities involved in the conflict. At the centre of the book stands Henry VI, the pious king whose mental instability led to political chaos, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and Henry's rival, and most important of all, Margaret of Anjou, Henry's wife who took up her arms in her husband's cause and battled for many years in a violent man's world.
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    Neath Through Time (Paperback)

    Robert King

    The appearance of the town has changed dramatically during the last forty years and it is difficult in many instances to appreciate how it appeared to our forefathers. Many of the old public houses have gone from the town and some of the out of town drinking establishments have gone or have been re-invented as restaurants. The railway station is like any other in any town; as are the red brick-like streets. Change is metered to us as progress, some will disagree but the upside is that many examples of the substandard housing have been swept away. Nostalgia is a recreation many of us revel in. Robert King attempts to capture Neath as it was and as it is now together with old characters hidden in sepia photographs. Hopefully this book will preserve their memory for another generation to enjoy them.
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    Rutland Through Time (Paperback)

    Stephen Butt

    Rutland is at the very heart of England. It is England's smallest historic county, less than twenty miles in distance from north to south or east to west, a patchwork of incredibly picturesque and peaceful villages. At its centre is Rutland Water, by surface area the largest reservoir in the country covering more than 3000 acres of land, which has matured over the past thirty years into a sanctuary for wildlife and a major tourist attraction. From hilltop stately homes to clusters of thatched cottages nestling the valleys; from the quiet dignity of the medieval Lyddington Bede House to the Victorian grandeur of the Harringworth Viaduct. Old photographs from the Jack Hart Collection in Rutland County Museum are paired with modern views of the same locations today. They invite the reader to enjoy, explore and value the unique charm and the long history of this special part of England.
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    Stratford Upon Avon Through Time (Paperback)

    Jacqueline Cameron

    In this fascinating full colour collection of over 200 photographs and postcards, Stratford upon Avon and its surroundings are explored. From images of the streets, buildings, pubs and hotels, to the beauty of the river and surrounding countryside, all aspects of working and social life are chronicled. Join Jacqueline Cameron on this affectionate tour of the area, as she takes us beyond the familiar Tudor black and white buildings, and explores the people of the area, and the changes which have taken place to this quintessentially English town. Some buildings have been preserved for posterity, while others have witnessed a great deal of modernisation.
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    Colchester History Tour Revised Edition (Paperback)

    Patrick Denney

    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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    Historic England: Yorkshire (Paperback)

    Andrew Graham Stables

    This is an illustrated history of England's largest and most historically diverse county. It provides a nostalgic look at Yorkshire's ancient, medieval and industrial past, and highlights some of its most important historic sites, as well as the changing face of its towns and cities. 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. `Historic England: Yorkshire' will explore the four corners of the county from the industrial centre of Sheffield to the beauty of historic York, from the important port of Hull to the industrial heartland of Leeds. A county of huge contrasts with vast swathes of unspoilt, beautiful countryside, littered only with picturesque villages, and long stretches of ever-changing coastline with the resort towns of Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington. West Yorkshire towns like Huddersfield, Halifax and Bradford were the beating heart of the Industrial Revolution and the steel towns of South Yorkshire like Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield were fuelled by the coal mining industry. Yorkshire contains two National Parks, the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a county filled with important castles, cathedrals and abbeys from the medieval period including Richmond Castle, Fountains Abbey, and York Minster. This book will help you to uncover its vibrant and fascinating history across the centuries.
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    Manchester From Old Photographs (Paperback)

    Eric Krieger

    Manchester has changed rapidly in the last 100 years. The Lancashire market town was transformed during the Industrial Revolution through the manufacture of textiles to become the world's first industrialised city. Its growth was largely unplanned but during the 19th century the Manchester Ship Canal was constructed, along with many of the great civic buildings of Manchester. Alongside the new wealth, the city also contained extremes of poverty and in the last 100 years has undergone extensive destruction from aerial bombardment in World War 2 and the massive IRA bomb explosion in 1996 as well as rebuilding and regeneration. In Manchester From Old Photographs the author has drawn on a remarkable selection of old photographs to give a pictorial record of how much the city and the community has changed over the last century. Although many of landmarks have remained the same over the years the photographs show the city adapting and evolving with many other buildings being replaced and the pattern of life in the city changing for many too. This fascinating collection of images will be of interest to those who have lived in Manchester or know it well as the many visitors to the area.
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    50 Finds from Berkshire (Paperback)

    Anni Byard

    Every year thousands of archaeological artefacts are discovered by the public, mostly through metal detecting but also while digging in the garden or while out walking the dog in the countryside. Since first coming to Berkshire in 2003, the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) has recorded nearly 10,000 archaeological artefacts from the county, all of which have been found by the public. The Royal County of Berkshire has a long and rich archaeological heritage. Hoards of ancient gold coins or richly furnished Saxon burials may easily capture the imagination, but it is the more mundane, everyday objects that are often more informative and valuable to archaeologists trying to understand our past. Recording these objects enables us to build a picture of past land use and commerce across millennia, and ensures that when we have gone, the information these objects provide is not lost for future generations. From ancient flint tools and Roman brooches to Saxon gold and medieval vessels, voices from Berkshire's deep past are being heard once again. Covering all periods of human history and every corner of the county, 50 Finds from Berkshire highlights some of the best archaeological artefacts found by ordinary members of the public and recorded with the Scheme.
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