Amberley Blog

  1. 50 Gems of Derbyshire by Mike Appleton

    'Of the High Peak are seven wonders writ.’ There’s a saying … if you do what you have always done, then you will get what you always got. I’m paraphrasing a little but I’m sure the basic premise remains the same: if you stay with what you know then it is almost impossible to experience new horizons. Discovering 50 Gems...
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  2. Illustrated Tales of Lancashire by David Paul

    The ‘Chylde of Hale’ In 1578 John Middleton, known locally as the ‘Chylde of Hale’, was born in the village of Hale, which was in the parish of Childwall and under the jurisdiction of the See of Chester. He was buried in the village churchyard in 1623. His gravestone bears the following inscription: “Here lyeth the bodye of John Middleton...
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  3. Dresses and Dressmaking by Pam Inder

    In my working life I was a museum curator, looking after collections of ‘applied arts’ – which means furniture, ceramics, glass, silver, textiles, dresses and so on. I soon realised that when we put on an exhibition of ceramics, silver, glass, or furniture the display labels concentrated on where and when the item was made and by whom. With dresses...
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  4. 50 Medieval Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme by Michael Lewis

    How public finds are changing our understanding of Britain’s Medieval past You might have spotted those guys in fields, often wearing camouflage, swinging a metal-detector left to right (and back again), looking for ‘treasure’… and wondered what they actually find! A testament to their efforts can be found on an online database of archaeological (finds.org.uk) maintained by the British Museum’s...
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  5. Alvis Cars in Competition by Clive Taylor

    Celebrating the centenary of Alvis Ltd. Coventry T.G. John (Thomas George John) was born in Pembroke on the 18th November 1880 and the founder of the Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. during 1919 in Coventry. Initially he bought the American company Holley Brothers in Coventry who specialised in the manufacture of carburettors. From the rudiments of manufacturing static engines...
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  6. The North British Locomotive Company by Colin Alexander

    In July 1980, aged 16, during a family holiday in the Cotswolds I made the pilgrimage to South Wales and the legendary Woodham’s scrapyard on Barry Island. As well as wishing to photograph the rusting hulks of over a hundred ex-British Railways steam locomotives which had languished there since the 1960s, there were two other items of interest that I...
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  7. False Economies by S. D. Tucker

    An extract from False Economies: Pies in the Sky: Defeating Communism with Chocolate Coins - examining the bizarre use of chocolate coins as a real-life currency in North Korea. Life within the Communist hell-hole of North Korea (or DPRK, as it is officially known) is hard. Its economy is, for the most part, centrally planned, condemning most of its people...
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  8. Bristol Omnibus Company by Stephen Dowle

    The provincial "company" bus undertakings that merged into the Tilling and BET groups included many famous operators with interesting histories, but the Bristol Omnibus Co. was one of the largest and may perhaps be considered the most distinguished. One of the reasons for its eminence was that as well as operating buses it also constructed them, making its name familiar...
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  9. Nursing Churchill by Jill Rose

    My mother, Doris Miles, was a nurse at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington during the war.  In February 1943, at a critical time in the conflict, the 68-year-old Prime Minister Winston Churchill was stricken with pneumonia. His personal physician Sir Charles Wilson, Dean of St Mary's Hospital Medical School, asked the hospital to send their very best nurse to take care...
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  10. Ham & Petersham Through Time by Paul Howard Lang

    Ham and Petersham have such a large concentration of historically significant houses that I felt they needed to be better known. This was one of the leading factors that encouraged me to research these areas. There are relatively few books on these parishes compared to other parts of the London borough of Richmond upon Thames. Ferry to Twickenham - The...
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