Local History

  1. Northumberland in Photographs by Nathan Atkinson

    After I had completed my first book, “County Durham in Photographs”, I was given the opportunity of working on a similar book for Northumberland. Neighbouring County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Scotland, it is a county rich in history and legend. Clearly the book would have to include famous landmarks such as Sycamore Gap, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Hadrian’s Wall...
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  2. Beverley in 50 Buildings by Lorna Jane Harvey

    In 2019, I co-authored a book for Amberley Publishing about the small town of Beverley in Yorkshire. I have since moved half-way across the world and now live in New Zealand. There is no place on earth farther from Beverley than New Zealand. Beverley Market Cross (Saturday Market Place). (Beverley in 50 Buildings, Amberley Publishing) The significance of this book may...
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  3. 50 Gems of the Lothians by Jack Gillon

    The Lothians consist of West Lothian (Linlithgowshire), East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) and Midlothian and Edinburgh (Edinburghshire), which nestle along the south side of the broad estuary of the Forth. The strategic location and political and economic importance of the Lothians, with Edinburgh at its centre, have made the region witness to some of the most significant events in Scottish history. This...
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  4. Illustrated Tales of Derbyshire by David Paul

    Over the years many stories have been written and recounted concerning the visitation of the Plague, or Black Death, when it was inflicted upon the tiny Derbyshire Peak village of Eyam.  At that time the vicar of Eyam, as is well documented, was Rev. William Mompesson. However, it is the exploits of another of Eyam’s vicars that I have researched...
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  5. Secret Broadstairs by Andy Bull

    The untold story of the lady from Broadstairs who inspired David Copperfield’s aunt, Betsy Trotwood. Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical story of David Copperfield has proved a timeless classic, and is gaining new admirers through Armando Iannucci’s 2019 film version. Aunt Betsy chasing donkeys off the green in an illustration for the American edition of David Copperfield. (Secret Broadstairs, Amberley Publishing) A...
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  6. A-Z of Glasgow by Michael Meighan

    Exploring Dear Green Place Glasgow Since long before Glasgow's George Square became our main civic centre, Glasgow Green has been a place for rallies, concerts, rowing regattas, athletics, football, and even soapbox races. It was here too that the Glasgow Fair was held after being moved from the grounds of Glasgow Cathedral in the 1800's. A stone also commemorates the...
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  7. Secret Dover by Jeff Howe

    Dover is Quite Alright Dover holds a particular fascination for me. I don’t really know why, I don’t live there.  It’s just another run-down seaside town, suffering still from the effects of war-time bomb and shell damage, and population stagnation. Since then various economic impetuses have caused many buildings of monumental style and importance to be demolished; as recently as...
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  8. Scotland Remembered by Michael Meighan

    Scotland's Viking Past It is well known that from the 8th to the 15th centuries, Vikings – the name given to Scandinavians – raided, colonised and enslaved much of the islands surrounding the north and west of Scotland as well as Caithness and Sutherland. This included Orkney and Shetland, the Hebrides and the islands of the Clyde Estuary. Viking Longship...
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  9. A-Z of Exeter by Chris Hallam

    The Great Pretender: Perkin Warbeck and Exeter Who on Earth was Perkin Warbeck? Perhaps the question “who wasn’t Perkin Warbeck?” would be more appropriate. Perkin Warbeck (1474-99) was pretty much nobody, but he assumed importance in the late 15th century by pretending to be Richard of Shrewsbury, the second son of Edward IV and one of the two famous “princes...
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  10. Secret Forest of Dean by Mark Turner

    A native of the Welsh border town of Monmouth, I was from an early age aware of the Forest of Dean. Although situated predominantly in the neighbouring English county of Gloucestershire, the forested area spreads into Wales just beyond Staunton village. Undeterred by the county boundary, it creeps on down the slopes towards my childhood home on Monmouth’s Hadnock Road...
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