Amberley Blog

  1. Northwich & Around in 50 Buildings by Adrian and Dawn L. Bridge

    The Profits of Slavery found in Northwich and Around The issue of slavery, and its legacy, has hit the headlines in Britain, America and across the world, during the past six months. The Black Lives Matter campaign has won adherents in many countries, and activists have toppled statues of historical figures linked to slavery in many different locations. Within the...
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  2. Bus Company Service Vehicles by Malcolm Batten

    I have been photographing buses now for over fifty years. As well as following my local scene in London, in earlier years I used to use Rail Rovers to make holiday tours all over Britain, and so visited bus stations and garages through most of England, Scotland and Wales. GBE 846 was a 1950 Bristol K5G, originally Lincolnshire 2136. On...
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  3. Freight Trains of the Western Region in the 1980s by Kevin Redwood

    I think my interest in freight trains stems from a very early age, as the house in Exeter where I was born was within sight and sound of Exmouth Junction. The marshalling yards there were still busy round the clock, and we could hear the clanging and clashing of buffers and couplings as the shunting took place. When I was...
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  4. Salford in 50 Buildings by Carole O'Reilly

    Salford – A City of Many Religions While researching for the book Salford in 50 Buildings, I was very struck by the enormous range of different religious buildings within the city. I had not anticipated that a single urban space could manage to cater for so many differing forms of belief. When most people think of Salford, they most likely...
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  5. The World of Isaac Newton by Toni Mount

    I’m Toni Mount, historian and author of popular history/science books. The World of Isaac Newton is my fifth book for Amberley Publishing. I’ve always been intrigued by the way big events in history affected everyday life, or sometimes, hardly caused a ripple. Isaac Newton by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge. (Wiki Commons, The World of...
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  6. Bristol RE Buses and Coaches by Robert Appleton

    In 1961 the maximum length of single-deckers was increased to 36 feet. Bristol Commercial Vehicles and Eastern Coach Works designed their first rear engined single-decker to take advantage of this new length. Two prototypes were tested in service in 1962. Production started in 1963, with two versions, RELL6G with a low frame for bus service work, and RELH6G with a...
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  7. Sir Robert Walpole - Dangerous Seats by Eugene L. Wolfe

    Imperfect Political Tranquilizer of Sir Robert Walpole The years following the 1688 Glorious Revolution saw such intense competition between parliamentary factions that the period came to be called the era of ‘the rage of party.’ Both the Lords and the Commons repeatedly felt compelled to prevent violence and primarily duels from breaking out among their members. The political temperature began...
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  8. Luftwaffe Pilots - Alarmstart South and Final Defeat by Patrick G. Eriksson

    This book completes the trilogy on Luftwaffe fighter pilot experiences from World War Two, based on personal reminiscences of 69 eyewitnesses. While examining the last year of the war in the West, and the painful imprisonment that awaited most Luftwaffe survivors, it focuses on fighter combat in the greater Mediterranean theatre. Here, missions over the sea exposed pilots to the...
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  9. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the 1970s by Bernard Warr

    Many of you may have watched the Channel 5 television series ‘The Yorkshire Steam Railway – All Aboard’. It is one of the most watched programmes on the channel, averaging more than a million viewers for each episode. 2020 saw a third series commissioned by Channel 5 which aired in February and March. Several characters have emerged as viewer’s favourites...
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  10. Showbus by Gary Seamarks

    For almost 50 years one of the main events on the UK bus rally calendar has been the ‘SHOWBUS’ event, which between 1982 and 2015, except for 2013, was held at either Woburn Abbey or the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. These years were to see major changes in the UK bus and coach industry, which was reflected in the...
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