Amberley Blog

  1. Evesham's Military Heritage by Stan Brotherton

    Evesham’s Military Heritage? An interesting title and a fascinating subject; but how to write such a book? The challenge wasn’t the lack of material. Indeed, the opposite is true: there’s far too much. After all, entire books have been dedicated just to Simon de Montfort (Earl of Leicester) and the Battle of Evesham (4th August 1265); its context, characters, impact...
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  2. Cornish Traction by Stephen Heginbotham

    Well, after nearly forty years of getting up at 04:50, or sometimes earlier, and arriving home at any time around midnight off a late shift or being called out in the middle of the night, I thought retirement might bring some rest and leisurely days, but alas dear reader, that appears to not be the case.  Compiling and writing a...
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  3. Secret Swindon by Angela Atkinson

    The sprawling urban conurbation that is modern Swindon began life as an Anglo-Saxon defensible settlement atop a limestone hill. Old Swindon, known today as Old Town, grew into a sleepy market town. The chances are it would have stayed that way were it not for the Industrial Revolution. The subsequent acceleration in Swindon’s growth began 1810 with the construction of...
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  4. Caernarfon Through Time by Steven Dickens

    The Royal town of Caernarfon overlooks the Menai Straits and the isle of Anglesey. It is a port and holiday resort and is also noted for the substantial monument of Caernarfon Castle, whose construction was undertaken by King Edward I, as part of the English conquest of Gwynedd. It was one of the largest and most imposing fortifications built by...
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  5. Oldham Through Time by Steven Dickens

    Although I live in Flixton, which is on the opposite side of Manchester to the town of Oldham, it is impossible to remain outside for long in the hot evenings of June and July, without Oldham immediately being brought to mind. For many evenings – if the wind was in the right direction – we could smell the acrid smoke...
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  6. Nelson at Naples: Revolution and Retribution in 1799 by Jonathan North

    Nelson and his Crimes We live in an age when figures from the past are being called to account for sins against the morals of today. Last summer, on the other side of the Atlantic, there was a wave of anger directed at statues of Confederate generals. A spate of demolition from Maryland to North Carolina saw marble memorials to...
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  7. New Holland Tractors by Jonathan Whitlam

    New Holland tractors have only existed since around 1996 – that’s just 22 years! So perhaps it seems strange to have written a book about these machines when they are still such a new kid on the block so to speak? Of course, the history of the New Holland name in connection to farm machinery goes back a lot, lot...
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  8. Huddersfield Trolleys and Buses by Michael Berry

    A World away! In the far off days of the Huddersfield Trolley era, the “boom” wasn’t just the pole sticking out at the top of the bus – the whole industry was “booming”! Cars were a limited luxury few could afford – or needed for that matter. Some trolley services in the more populated parts of the boroughs had something...
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  9. Zealots by Oliver Thomson

    Zealots - How a Group of Scottish Conspirators unleashed half a Century of War in Britain When I first thought of this book a couple of years ago I was going to call it Scottish Jihad, for Islamic Jihads were all in the news and I was curious to see how religious fanatics in 17th century Britain compared with those...
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  10. Secret Luton and Secret Bedford by Paul Adams

    Writing a local history book would appear to be a reasonably straightforward task. If you know your area and your subject then the book almost writes itself. For the two titles that I have contributed to Amberley’s ‘Secret Towns’ series – Secret Luton which appeared in 2017 and Secret Bedford which is published July 2018 – I found that things...
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