Amberley Blog

  1. Secret Evesham by Stan Brotherton

    When writing Secret Evesham I had two particular ideas in mind. First, I wanted to debunk a handful of long-standing local stories because, well, they have no basis in history (though they’re undeniably a bit of fun). Second, and much more importantly, there is a lot of “hidden history” which I wanted to explore and share. Pavement slab in Vine...
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  2. Historic England: Worcestershire by Stan Brotherton

    Historic England holds an extraordinary archive of images, both historical and new, of England’s amazing architectural heritage. This particular book about Worcestershire represents a small and select slice from that remarkable collection. The trick for this book was working out a way to gather together a representative mix of photographs (say 50/50 in colour and black-and-white) from right across the...
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  3. The Baltic Story by Caroline Boggis-Rolfe

    A Thousand-Year History of Its Lands, Sea and Peoples In 1969 I moved to Berlin with my husband, who was working in a liaison role with the Soviets. As a result, unlike most people from the West, we both went frequently into East Germany – in my case, a weekly shopping trip across the famous Glienicke Bridge to Potsdam being...
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  4. The Countess 'Frances Villiers' by Tim Clarke

    The Scandalous Life of Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey I did not really mean to write the biography of Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey (1753-1821). At school I had enjoyed history. So when I went to university to study law with a view to becoming a lawyer, I promised myself that I would retire early from the law and once...
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  5. Secret Rochester by Philip MacDougall

    Another Chapter in the Secret History of the Rochester Medway Towns A general view of Rochester as seen from the north, with both the castle and cathedral clearly visible. (c. Ewan Cambell MacDougall, Secret Rochester, Amberley Publishing) Strange it must have been in December 1812, when a fleet of twenty-two warships gradually, over a period of a few days, slowly...
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  6. Secret Sunderland by Marie Gardiner

    Extract from Secret Sunderland: Cretehawser – The Concrete Boat If you go down to the riverside at Claxheugh Rock (pronounced ‘Clatchy’ locally) in South Hylton, and the tide is just right, you might see an interesting lump of concrete shaped like a boat sticking up from the water. It may not look like much, but this is an interesting part...
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  7. Secret Southampton by Martin Brisland

    Saturday 15th July 2017 was a day to remember. Well it would be if only I could remember it. I know I was in bed having not been awake long. Then a thunderclap pain in the back of my head hit. I recall taking two paracetamol and lying down. It was about six weeks later before I was well enough...
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  8. East London Buses: The Twenty-First Century by Malcolm Batten

    EAST LONDON BUSES FORTY YEARS LATER In 1969, when I started photographing London buses, the AEC RT type double-decker was a major part of the fleet. First introduced in 1939, only 151 were built before manufacturing ceased in favour of military vehicles. Production restarted after the war and eventually 4,825 would be built, along with 1,631 of the similar looking...
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  9. Britain's Greatest Bridges by Joseph Rogers

    One thing to note about my first Amberley title, Britain's Greatest Bridges, is that it falls short of thoroughly explaining the detailed engineering methods, techniques and construction concepts that naturally apply to some our nation's most important structures. There is a reason for this. Generous access for cyclists and pedestrians on the south side of the Severn Bridge makes for...
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  10. Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Voyage of Apollo 11 by James Donovan

    My last two books—A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West, and The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo—and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation—were set in the American West of the 19th century.  But I didn’t want to be tagged as just a historian of the Old West, so...
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