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69184 LANDMARKS OF BRITAIN by Lisa Pritchard

First-time visitors to the UK are often surprised to find that, in a day’s drive, you pass through such a variety of scenery. Less than two hours south of London, the iconic white cliffs drop away to the English Channel. To the south-west, the Devon and Cornwall peninsula offers the wide-open spaces of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor that contrast with ever-narrower lanes and a superb coastline. Head west from the capital and you can enjoy the gentle rolling Cotswold Hills before reaching Wales and discovering the beauty of the Gower Peninsula and Snowdonia. To the east lie the flatlands of Cambridgeshire and the Norfolk Broads, where the horizon seems endless and you can glide along the waterways in a boat, watching the rich bird-life. Cross the border into Scotland and the landscape unfolds with a seemingly infinite variety of wooded hills, heather-covered moors and lochs. The rich history of Britain’s inhabitants is an integral part of this. You can visit the stupendous giant stones of Stonehenge, see brick-and-flint houses, thatched cottages, imposing castles and elegant stately homes. Meanwhile, the 21st century is firmly embraced in major centres such as Manchester, London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow, where old treasures are complemented by bold high-tech architecture. These pages reflect some of the most-visited and best- loved gems of England, Scotland and Wales. 128 very large pages very lavishly

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From Old Photographs by Jacqueline Cameron Those familiar with the area may remember the liquorice factory in Theatre Street where children at the local Westgate School were offered bits from the factory back door on their way home. There were no

supermarkets back then but the corner shop was enjoying a boom time, once rationing had passed. Companies like Lockheed, Borg & Beck, Ford Motor Company, Donald Healey, famous for his sports cars, Sidney Flavel and Thomas Potterton were established in Leamington and flourished. There were also smaller employers like Walwyn Pumps and these businesses set Leamington and Warwick on the road to becoming boom towns. There were engineering companies and laundries, coal merchants and Mabel Buswell and her horse drawn cart selling vegetables, ably assisted by her father. And maybe you remember the gentleman on a bike affectionately referred to as Fishy who called on Tuesdays and Fridays with a parcel of fish wrapped in white paper and tied with string? Our book is a nostalgic return to this golden age of industry at the very heart of urban identity and community spirit. It was an era when profits were high, competition was strong, and men and women were proud to work for their employers. In 96 page paperback, here are dozens and dozens of old black and white photographs. £12.99 NOW £6

64385 LOST LONDON 1870-1945 by Philip Davies

The photographic archive of the former London County Council has been in the possession of English Heritage for over 25 years. The author has selected over 500 of the best images from that vast archive. Most were taken to provide a permanent record of areas which were vanishing (particularly those taken after the Blitz, prior to the sites’ rebuilding or flattening) and the quality of the images are pin-sharp in their clarity even by modern standards. The 75 years it covers were a period of great transition, from the early railways, coaching inns and horse-drawn travel of the late Victorian age through the arrival of the car, the Underground and buses to the devastation of WWII, and images range from Little Dorrit’s lodgings in Marshalsea Prison to the Baldwin’s bedroom at 10 Downing Street, the opulence of St James’s to the squalor of the East End slums. Here too is the maze of medieval streets west of Lincoln’s Inn before the construction of Kingsway, the transformation of Regent Street into a grand imperial boulevard and the lost churches, docks, wharves and other buildings of the City, Wapping and Bermondsey. 368pp, 10"×11¾”. A bestseller, discounted. £29.99 NOW £23


CHURCHES by Simon Jenkins This church-crawlers’ bible by the Chairman of the National Trust is here in revised 2009 paperback edition that it fits neatly into your pocket or handbag. In the north you can enjoy the beauties of Hexham Priory with its Saxon crypt, canons’ night staircase and the best medieval “Dance of Death” wall paintings in England, then head south to Yorkshire where William Burges created two Victorian Gothic masterpieces at Studley Royal and Skelton. York’s town churches have a collection of medieval glass which easily rivals the Minster nearby, while Saltaire’s 19th century Congregational Chapel is a classical masterpiece. Proceeding down the A1 you can hardly ignore the stunning parish churches of Newark, Grantham and Stamford, before arriving in London. 948pp, paperback, colour photos, maps, ratings system. £12.99 NOW £3

66685 LONDON BY TUBE MAP by Navigator Guides

With this lightweight softback foldout map all in colour with walking distance from the nearest Tube, making discovering Central London very easy. Divided into eight lines, here are the main sites of interest, hidden architectural gems, Zone One to explore station by station and over 170 places of interest with cross references, details of Olympic venues, a look a little further afield and information including disabled access. £4.99 NOW £2.50

67226 BETJEMAN’S ENGLAND by John Betjeman

From the mid 1950s to the 1970s, out of tune with the contemporary mood of hasty modernisation, Betjeman produced thoughtful and intimate television films on a vanishing world of beauty. For many years these films were all but lost, our book brings together over 60 of them in one essential volume. It provides a missing link all Betjeman enthusiasts have needed to round off the record of his work, offering a complete gazetteer to Betjeman country. Whether he is looking at a Victorian church, a seaside guesthouse or a deserted railway station in miles of empty meadowland, he captures the vital importance of the un-regarded. 304pp in paperback.

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67477 WESTMINSTER CIRCLE by David Sullivan


The City of Westminster today is home to the monarch, government and all associated offices of both for the entire nation, not to mention Westminster Abbey, Mayfair, Park Lane, Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Trafalgar Square, Belgravia and business and residential properties which are worth trillions of pounds. But how about we go back in time, back to the first 250 years following the Norman invasion? The book includes the original settlement around the abbey and royal palace, the district of Charing and Old Strand, the former “Convent Garden” and the market garden area of Aldwych, the district known today as Soho, all of which formed the Manor of Westminster, and the districts now known as Hyde Park, Belgravia, Mayfair and Pimlico which made up the adjacent Manor of Eye. It was during the years from 1066 to 1307 that Westminster was transformed. Three colour maps and 20 colour and b/w plates, 432 heavyweight pages, 7½”×9¾”. £25 NOW £16


In her 13 years married to an Englishman and living in London, the New York Times correspondent has learned many valuable lessons about being British, and the British themselves. Here she writes with acute insight and razor-sharp wit on the manners and mores, foibles and frailties of the inhabitants of the little island she now calls home. Here are the quirks and curiosities of contemporary Britain, from salad cream to Cornish pasties, binge drinking to personal hygiene and MPs who behave like naughty boys at prep school. 277pp. £14.99 NOW £5

67648 FOUNTAINS ABBEY: The Cistercians in

Northern England by Glyn Coppack When a group of 13 Cistercian monks came to Skelldale in Yorkshire in the winter of 1132 they could have had little idea that what they were to create would today be a UNESCO world heritage site, visited by over 300,000 people a year, one of the greatest examples of early medieval architecture in the world. Fountains Abbey has been a roofless ruin since 1540, and part of the Studley Royal Park since the late 18th century. Drawing upon contemporary historical evidence, the evidence from decades of excavations and his 30 years of conservation work with English Heritage, Glyn Coppack outlines the history of this fascinating and unique site. 14 colour plates and 100 b/w photos, plans and diagrams of this spectacular place. 160pp softback. £17.99 NOW £7.50

67702 THE PLOT: A Biography of an English Acre by Madeleine Bunting

In an original and heartfelt book the author looks at a secluded acre of land called Scotch Corner on a remote edge of the North Yorkshire moors. There, her father, in his youth, erected a simple stone war memorial chapel and she wants to find out why. It was home to Neolithic forts and earthworks, farmed by the monks from nearby Byland Abbey and fought over by medieval Scots. The sheep that patiently crop the moorland, the grouse slaughtered there every autumn, the farmers struggling to make a living from the land are more permanent inhabitants. The author comes to see how important it is for us to understand the places that shape our lives and she also comes to reach an understanding of her father and his ideals. 304 pages with b/w illus, maps and timeline. £18.99 NOW £4.50

67708 GREAT CITIES: LEEDS A Photographic

Journey Through Yorkshire’s Largest City by Tony Quinn and Melvyn Jones By the Middle Ages, Leeds was an important market town, trading cloth with Europe and it quickly developed as the major focal point of West Yorkshire, acting both as a manufacturer of machinery for the surrounding cotton- spinning and coal industries and as a banking and commercial centre. Its Waterfront area has been dubbed ‘Leeds-upon-Aire’ after the famous canal. It is at once a major retail and commercial centre, student town, sporting centre and cultural hub, with a heady mix of commerce and style. 128 colour pages, with map. £20 NOW £8



Hampton Court, Buckingham Palace, Cliveden, Windsor Castle, Chartwell, Hever Castle, Kentwell Hall, Holkham Hall, Beaulieu, Longleat, Chatsworth, Fonmon Castle, the very gothic stunning Castell Coch in Cardiff, Harewood House and the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh are among this treasure trove of some of the world’s great houses. These unique buildings have played a major role in Britain’s national history. Many of our best known stately homes are here, shown in dramatic aerial photographs. 32 page very large softback, all in colour. £6.99 NOW £2

67719 NORTH WALES LANDSCAPES by Simon Kirwan

The author has captured the region in countless landscapes, and here is his collection of his personal favourites. At its heart is Snowdonia, with the high peaks of the Snowdon range in the north and the less crowded high hills and lush green valleys of the south, but there is also the region’s coastline, which offers everything from wide sandy estuaries to towering cliffs and seaside resorts to imposing ancient castles. Here are the mountains, valleys, lakes and coast captured throughout the year at their most beautiful and dramatic. In total there are around 200 photos, all in colour and all with informative and entertaining captions. 128pp, 10½”×11¾”.

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68796 ANTIQUE MAPS LINCOLN: Sheet 29 published by David & Charles

The triangulation for the Lincoln sheet began in the first decade of the 19th century when important trigonometrical stations were located on Lincoln Minster and the prehistoric barrow on Gringley Beacon. The area stretches from Gainsborough to Lincoln and Wood Hall Spa and to Market Rasen in the east and all the tiny towns and hamlets, fields and woods along the rivers Trent, Witham and Bain. A short history of the revisions, technical difficulties, sketches and work of the engravers is given with a publication history. The map is a facsimile of 1824 engraving based on a survey executed between 1818 and 1821. £4.99 NOW £2.50


The mapping of this area was undertaken in the early 1800s under the direction of Mudge and Colby with important trigonometrical stations fixed on Barr Beacon ‘a well known spot near Walsall, having a circular plantation upon its top’ and on Castle Ring, a prehistoric earthwork to the south of Cannock Chase. Particular attention was paid to the Black Country and there was a revision to resurvey all the practical purposes and cram in details of new collieries, furnaces, canals, roads and settlements. The rapidly growing suburbs of Birmingham were also a major problem to the slow moving Survey. Another problem encountered was the complexity of the county boundary between Worcestershire and Staffordshire. Railway revision involved the addition of Oxford and Birmingham Railway, the Sutton Coldfield Branch Railway and new lines serving the centre of Birmingham. At Edgbaston, an upper class residential suburb is characterised by its single houses and large gardens. Here too are the new developments at Oldbury and new industrial suburbs at Wolverhampton. Watling Street is incredibly clear on this map as is Sutton Park right down to the Moat just outside Walsall. Finely engraved. £4.99 NOW £2.50


81 published by David & Charles The first triangles to be observed within the county were undertaken by General William Roy in 1787 as part of the operations to connect the Royal Observation of Greenwich and Paris. This work in effect provided a principal triangulation for Kent, fixed in the location of key trigonometrical stations as at Dover Castle. The south of the county and part of Sussex was covered between 1795 and 96 measuring the heights of the tops of steeples, towers etc. The survey was undertaken at two scales - 6" to one mile in the North West area of the sheet including the Isle of Sheppey and 3" to one mile over the remainder of the sheet. Our facsimile is in black and white and covers in depth Sittingbourne, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Canterbury, Deal, Dover and Ashford with tiny hamlets, some now long gone marked as they were in this historical period. £4.99 NOW £2.50


10 published by David & Charles By 1869, the survey of England and Wales had been completed by Ordnance Survey, but the Isle of Man still lacked an official 1" map. This was published in 1873, partly expedited by a grant from the Manx government and was the last of the Old Series sheets to appear. Apart from Douglas and Ramsey, surveyed at the usual 1/500 scale for town plans, the topographical survey of the Isle of Man was undertaken at a scale of 25" to one mile between 1864 and 1869. A complete state when appeared in 1873, printed from a single copper-plate electrotyped in 1873 measuring 36" x 24". £4.99 NOW £2


ABOVE by Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Greater Birmingham (now known as the West Midlands), Staffordshire and Warwickshire are dominated by industry, the Western Borders meet the rugged landscapes of Wales and Shropshire. Warwick has the most spectacular medieval castles, including the extraordinary ruin at Kenilworth and of course Stratford- upon-Avon. Cannock Chase with its woodpeckers, grouse, foxes, badgers, deer and red squirrel and the Cotswolds, the Severn Valley Railway and the historic Malvern Hills are all seen from a bird’s eye view. Superb aerial colour photography, softback of 32 pages. 8" x 10".

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by Andrew Lilwall-Smith Embracing a wealth of historic properties large and small, spanning many different style periods, from Tudor times to the 20th century, from comfortable homes and elegant

interiors to showpieces designed to dazzle and delight, this unique publication is so much more than a practical travel guide. It takes the reader on a tour of the unusual, the extraordinary and the grand in England, Scotland and Wales. 320 softback pages, with 500 illustrations in sumptuous colour, maps, useful addresses, glossary, period style index, index of names and index of properties.

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The county has an absolute wealth of history. Early settlers left their mark on it and there are several stone circles, such as Castlerigg and Gamelands, and many fascinating ancient camp remain, like King Arthur’s Round Table near Penrith. The Romans settled in the area leaving some unique sites including bathhouses, a bridge and several impressive forts, for instance, the spectacular remains at the top of Hardknott Pass. Saxon and Viking relics include the famous cross and church at Bewcastle and the area’s priories, abbeys and churches reflect the struggle between Celtic and Roman beliefs. There are over 3,000,000 sheep in Cumbria, and fishing and the mining of iron ore, slate, lead and gypsum have been important industries. Notable inhabitants included Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. 192 pages, colour photos.

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NEWPORT: Sheet 67 published by David & Charles

The triangulations of South Wales was undertaken in the period between 1800 and 1809 under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel William Mudge and Captain Thomas Colby. The plate was revised in the 1850s to show new streets and housing laid out between Cardiff and the Bute Docks, docks built at Penarth, at the Newport area south of the town, more new docks and the Commercial wharf and new settlements recorded in many of the valleys such as at Aberdare, Heol-y-Selm, Hirwaun, Aberaman, Mountain Ash, Pontiottyn and Risca. These changes are matched by the addition of a relatively large number of new railways including the South Wales Railway, the Newport Abergavenny and Hereford Railway and additional branches of the Taff Vale Railway.

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published by David & Charles

From Burry Port, Llanelli, across the river Loughor, to Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, the triangulations of South Wales was undertaken in the period between 1800 and 1809 by Mudge and Colby. The great Triangles fixed their key trigonometrical stations on Margam Downs, on Cefn Bryn in Gower over to Lundy Island and Somerset. Local interior triangulations such as Swansea Castle and Mumbles Lighthouse were completed in the same period. Changes made after the 1860s recorded railway construction including the Neath and Brecon Railway and Swansea Vale Railway and the East Docks have been inserted at Swansea. Rivers and tributaries, hills and lakes, all finely engraved. £4.99 NOW £2.50


MANCHESTER: Sheet 21 published by David & Charles The 2" to one mile manuscript plans for this sheet distinguish many of the churches, major hills, prominent clumps of trees, mill chimneys and similar features of this area. The topographical survey for the Huddersfield sheet was started and finished in the three years preceding its publication at a time when cartography reached a peak of accuracy. The plan of Manchester is particularly well executed with building blocks, churches and other public buildings, turnpike roads, wood, parkland, Burton Castle and Melandra Castle and corrections were made to the suburban development at Moss Side and the Sheffield and Manchester Railway. £4.99 NOW £2.50


ELY: Sheet 54 published by David & Charles The triangulations for Cambridgeshire were taken in the early 1800s and included landmarks on elevated spots near Royston, Balsham and Madingley. Secondly an interior triangulation extended observation to many other local features such as the church spires of St. Ives and Hardwick, windmills at Houghton and Wratton, prominent trees, at least one gibbet, and ‘Lord Hardwick’s Summer House’. Field work was tied into the existing triangulation at Ely Cathedral and the church steeples at Barrow and Little Saxham and one sketch consists of the triangulation diagram for the area between Triplow and Horse Heath. Sheet 51 was issued in four quarter sheets from June 1836. New features were shown on the 1850s printing such as Ely Union House, new houses, the Gasworks and the new access road joining Cambridge Station to Newtown and railway construction. £4.99 NOW £2.50

67836 CURIOSITIES OF COUNTY DURHAM by Paul Perry and Derek Dodds Of all the counties, Durham is perhaps the most surprising. Its heavily populated cities and towns give way to apparently deserted expanses of moorland, romantic cliff-top vistas and wooded ravines and in the midst of this bewildering diversity are objects of great architectural and historical merit. With exact locations and OS map references, discover an Arcadian playground, the Dun Cow public house, the shrunken head on the tomb of a cross-legged knight in armour, an ice house, a huge Travelling Teapot shop sign, a sculpture in a tree trunk, a headless horseman, a shipwrecked lychgate, an eye window and a church with a revolving door. Buildings, memorials, memorabilia, each photographed and described. 96 page paperback. £12.99 NOW £6

68638 JEWISH MANCHESTER: An Illustrated History by Bill Williams

Manchester Jewry is today the largest Jewish community in the British provinces with a population conservatively estimated at 35,000. It is served by around 46 synagogues and over 150 other institutions that provide for the community’s social, cultural, educational, political and charitable needs. This includes 20 Zionist organisations which highlight Manchester Jewry’s support of the State of Israel. It has its own newspaper, The Jewish Telegraph, founded in 1950 and consists of immigrants and refugees from almost every part of the Jewish world. Locally as merchants, industrialists and shopkeepers, doctors, dentists, lawyers and academics, musicians, artists and architects, city councillors and civic administrators, founders, patrons and managers of local charities, members of the community have played major roles in the development of Manchester and Salford since the late 18th century. Throughout the 200 years which this book covers, differences have played a central role in communal history Fantastic archive of photographs of buildings, places, events, shops, schoolchildren, newspaper cuttings, photos of picnics, members of the International Brigade in Spain, numerous bulletins, posters and certificates. 192 large pages. £16.99 NOW £6.50

68098 INTRODUCTION TO INN SIGNS by Eric Delderfield

With a colourful pub sign on most streets in England, everyone must have wondered from time to time where the names came from. The Pack Horse, the Fox and Pheasant or the Dog and Gun have obvious references to country life in older times, but what of the Pig and Whistle, the Hole in the Wall, the Goat and Compasses or the Case is Altered? Local trades gave their names to the Cordwainers in Chorley, the Flint Knappers in Brandon, the Graziers in Wakefield and the Limeburners

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