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Books by Julian McCarthy

  • A-Z of Kingston-upon-Thames

    Julian McCarthy

    Product Code: BYJLC
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    The history of the ancient town of Kingston-upon-Thames goes back to Anglo-Saxon times, and several Saxon kings were crowned there. Historically in Surrey, it has been an important crossing point for the River Thames for centuries and although the town is now part of Greater London it retains its separate identity despite the massive growth of population in the area. Kingston also has a proud industrial past, being associated with military aircraft manufacture through famous names such as Sopwith, Hawker and Hawker Siddeley to British Aerospace. In A-Z of Kingston-upon-Thames author Julian McCarthy reveals the history behind Kingston upon Thames, its streets and buildings and the people connected with the town. Alongside the famous historical connections, he includes some unusual characters, such as Dr Battie, famous for his studies of insanity and arguably the origin of the phrase `batty' and Mrs Morton who died aged 93 having `lived to see 400 issued from her loynes', tucked away places, less well known associations, for example with land and water speed record holders Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell, and unusual events such as the Shrove Tuesday football match. This fascinating A-Z tour of Kingston-upon-Thames's history is fully illustrated with photography and will appeal to all those with an interest in this historical town.
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  • Secret Kingston Upon Thames

    Julian McCarthy

    Product Code: BBJFV
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    Where were Cut Throat Alley and Heathen Street? How many could be hanged at one time and where? Who won the battle of the town undertakers? Secret Kingston upon Thames goes behind the facades of the familiar to discover the lesser-known aspects of the town's fascinating past. Kingston upon Thames has many secrets, and as you walk along the streets you are walking through history. There are clear reminders of the town's past everywhere, waiting for you to stop, look and listen to their intriguing stories. On a journey through this ancient town, local tour guide Julian McCarthy tells these forgotten or untold tales. You may think that you know Kingston upon Thames, but take another look around and you will find more than you could possibly imagine.
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  • Kingston Upon Thames in 50 Buildings

    Julian McCarthy

    Product Code: AXGKF
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    At the heart of one of London's busiest boroughs, nestled on the banks of the River Thames, lies Kingston upon Thames. This vibrant Surrey market town first appears on record in a royal document from AD 838 and by the tenth century it had become the place of coronation for Anglo-Saxon kings. The town itself has managed to retain many of its historical roots with the countless examples of beautiful architecture throughout the ages; Kingston upon Thames in 50 Buildings explores its history through a selection of the greatest of these treasures. In this unique study, Julian McCarthy celebrates the city's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way with a tour of the town's historic and modern buildings.
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