Amberley Blog

  1. Women of the Vatican by Lynda Telford

    Rome has always been a city of men and used by them as a powerbase. From Republican Rome, when the function of women was to breed the next generation of soldiers and statesmen, to Medieval times when Rome was divided between warring family factions and was ruled, well or ill, by the Papacy in the Vatican, Rome has always been...
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  2. Crewe in the Days of BR Blue by Michael Hitchen

    Crewe as everyone knows is a major railway centre and has had its fair share of published works covering the subject, both general and historical studies. I wanted a pictorial study of a particular period, that of the much-maligned British Rail corporate blue, which existed between the late 1960s and mid-1980s. 1588 Crewe Works. (Crewe in the Days of BR...
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  3. Manchester in 50 Buildings by Deborah Woodman

    A Tour of Manchester – Past & Present Manchester, my home city, and a place where I have studied and worked over the last 30 years or so, never fails to fascinate me. It is a remarkable and cosmopolitan city which boasts an eclectic mix of culture, business, education, and architecture, that is reflective of its considerable heritage. Indeed, when...
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  4. A-Z of Bristol by Cynthia Stiles

    Local history of Bristol - R is for Rope. Money for Old Rope. Money for old rope! That literally was the case in Victorian Bristol. Just take your old rope to a marine store and be rewarded with a coin or two. Marine store dealers bought and sold second-hand cables, anchors, old iron, and marine equipment of all descriptions. There...
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  5. Elegance in Engineering by Colin Alexander

    I blame my Dad. He instilled in me a love of the British steam locomotive and a suspicion of its overseas equivalent, with (as he put it) a load of dustbins and plumbing hanging on the outside. It certainly seemed to an impressionable, youthful me that continental locomotives did carry a lot of ugly protuberances which the engineers of the LNER...
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  6. Secret Hornchurch by Carol Cannavan

    Carol Cannavan’s visit to St Andrew’s Church, Hornchurch. It was a bright, but chilly Spring Day when I first met Judith Brooks at St Andrew’s Church, in Hornchurch. She had agreed to show me around and tell me some of the history associated with this lovely old building. It certainly has a long history... it is believed that a Saxon...
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  7. The Marches in Photographs by Bryan Phillips

    The Marches Borderlands. The Wild West – well as far as England and Wales was concerned it was. We need to go some way back in history. To 911 where Charles the Simple granted land to a group of ‘Northmen’ which would eventually come to be known as Normandy. Around 150 years later, the leader of the descendents of those...
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  8. The Victorian and Edwardian Railway in Old Photographs by Anthony Dawson

    I’ve been collecting Victorian and Edwardian railway photographs for several years, primarily those issued by the London & North Western Railway. Many of them are presented here in this book ‘The Victorian and Edwardian Railway in Old Photographs.’ This French photograph c. 1850 sums up the early nineteenth-century railway: an impeccably turned out locomotive with the driver wearing top hat...
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  9. Life in Military Intelligence During the Falklands War by Nick van der Bijl

    Military Intelligence can be divided into two principal elements. Operational Intelligence is the pro-active provision of strategic and operational capabilities in time to be of use. Intelligence is widely used, for instance the scout checking out an opposing team, businesses assessing competitors and conducting a medical check on a patient claiming an ailment. The trick is to convert that information...
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  10. 50 Roman Finds by John Pearce and Sally Worrell

    Here authors John Pearce and Sally Worrell discuss what got them both interested in archaeology and how they came about writing their book ‘50 Roman Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme’. SW - My interest in archaeology was sparked as a child by curiosity over the objects found in the fields opposite the house in which I grew up. This...
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