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Books by Martin Easdown

  • The Extraordinary Daddy-Long-Legs Railway of Brighton

    Martin Easdown

    Product Code: BZNVH
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    The unique, but sadly short-lived, Brighton & Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway must have presented quite an amazing spectacle, even during those late Victorian days of engineering excellence. Affectionately known as the `Daddy-Long-Legs', `spider car' or `sea car', the railway resembled a piece of seaside pier that had broken away and was moving by itself through the sea. Although closed over a hundred years ago, interest in the Daddy-Long-Legs Railway remains strong and it has become a Brighton icon. The book details the history of the Daddy-Long-Legs and features the best collection of photographs of it so far assembled, along with plans, timetables and posters and associated features such as Volk's Electric Railway and the piers assembled as a landing stage for the Daddy-Long-Legs. This will be the first book to concentrate solely on this unique and fascinating piece of British seaside history.
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  • Hythe Through Time

    Martin Easdown

    Product Code: BWULV
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    Hythe is situated on the south-east coast of Kent, just 25 miles or so from France. One of the famous Cinque Ports, Hythe also became a popular seaside resort in the Edwardian era, providing fetes, fairs, donkey derbies, and bathing huts for its many visitors. Like all settlements, Hythe has had to alter and change, but unlike many, it has managed to retain its charm as a small English town steeped in history. Hythe continued to flourish in the interwar years, being advertised as the 'Pride of Kent' by the Southern Railway. After the Second World War, visitor numbers declined and redevelopment inevitably occurred, but Hythe still remains a pleasant place to visit and live. A photograph captures a moment in time, and this book, as well as providing a depiction of Hythe's fascinating history, is also a record of the town in the year 2010.
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  • Fashionable Folkestone

    Martin Easdown

    Product Code: BQYRD
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    Over the course of the nineteenth century Folkestone was transformed from a little fishing village into a popular seaside resort, complete with large hotels to accommodate its many wealthy visitors, a theatre, bathing establishment and pleasure pier. 'Fashionable Folkestone' as it became known, thrived during the golden years of the second half of the nineteenth century but its popularity with the rich and famous came to an end with the advent of the First World War, when it experienced a huge influx of refugees and its harbour became a prime military embarkation point. In this fascinating collection of images, featuring the town's many grand hotels, Victoria Pier, the Leas, seafront attractions and entertainments, switchback railway and horse tramway from Sandgate to Hythe, local author and historian Martin Easdown illustrates the glory days of this famous old seaside town.
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  • Lost Country Houses of Kent

    Martin Easdown

    Product Code: BGSKS
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    Country houses were the showpieces of the nation's elite and Kent can still boast some of the finest examples in Leeds Castle, Chevening, Broome Park, Cobham Hall, Knole, Penshurst Place, Mereworth and Broome Park, to name but a few. Sadly, the county has also witnessed the demolition of several its grander houses due to changes in social habits and the decline and amalgamation of great estates, not to mention fire, dry rot and death duties. Estates of modern houses now cover the site of the many lost houses, whilst the remains of foundations, surviving entrance lodges and other outbuildings and a few garden features can be found if looked for. It is evocative to think that what was once such an imposing building, the centre and social hub of the area, is now just a few scanty remains in a field. This is the first book to feature the lost country houses of the 'Garden of England' and Martin Easdown provides us with 120 examples of the grandest mansions that have disappeared, listed in gazetteer form with illustrations. He also provides us with a few examples, such as Oxney Court, where the house has come back to life after years of dereliction.
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  • Hythe the Postcard Collection

    Martin Easdown

    Product Code: BBBPJ
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    The attractive seaside town of Hythe, on the south-east coast of Kent, is one of the famous Cinque Ports. With an illustrious history of guarding this vulnerable corner of England, Hythe blossomed into a quiet seaside resort famed for its Royal Military Canal, attractive old High Street and macabre collection of skulls and bones in the parish church crypt. The beauty and charm of Hythe was captured in the many picture postcards of the town issued from the beginning of the twentieth century when postcards were the principal form of communication. Through the author's beautiful collection of postcards, we can view the changes to Hythe through the years and see some of the buildings that have been lost along the way. The town's main attractions, such as the seafront, canal, parish church, High Street and light railway, are all featured on these attractive colour printed postcards. Other aspects of Hythe's history, including events and disasters, were issued on rarer monochrome postcards, a selection of which are included. Hythe's eastern suburb of Seabrook and the adjoining village of Saltwood complete the postcard history of this quintessential small English town.
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