Local History

  1. Secret Kendal by Andrew Graham Stables

    As I wrote this blog I became aware it was exactly 196 years since the first horse race was held on Kendal Racecourse on 7th August 1821 and I further recognized in my previous book about Penrith, and my future book looking at Teesdale, they all feature redundant racecourses. To the west of Kendal, off Brigsteer Road and below Scout...
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  2. Cornwall in Photographs by Gabriel Fuchs

    So what’s so special about Cornwall? Few places in Europe are as awe-inspiring. It is an ancient Celtic land and as such has inspired tales and legends ever since. It has a dramatic nature with treacherous cliffs, sandy beaches, and mysterious moors. It was a gateway to the rest of the world when the English ruled the waves, and a...
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  3. Kilmarnock The Postcard Collection by Frank Beattie

    Exploring the history of Kilmarnock through postcards. The influence of postcards on our culture should not be underestimated. They are part of our social history. The phrase ‘wish you were here’ is a common enough expression that grew out of sending postcards home from holiday. Most people now associate postcards with holidays, but it wasn’t always like that. Britain’s first...
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  4. Aldershot's Military Heritage by Paul H. Vickers

    Aldershot has, for over a hundred and sixty years, been famous as an “Army town”; indeed its name has become synonymous across the country with the Army. Yet now it is a town undergoing considerable change. Not only has the garrison recently been completely rebuilt, but 148 hectares of old Army land has been given over to civilian redevelopment, on...
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  5. A-Z of Reading by Stuart Hylton

    When the publishers said to me “how do you fancy doing a book on the A to Z of Reading’s local history” I knew straight away what I did not want the book to be. Reading is fortunate in having the key points of its local history well documented (perhaps I should put the word ‘fortunate’ in inverted commas, since...
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  6. Secret Barry Island by Mark and Jonathan Lambert

    Barry Island - a renowned holiday destination for generations of working class tourists from the late nineteenth century until the present day; they not only came down from the South Wales coalfields but from further away places such as Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester as well as beyond. With the notion of a holiday becoming the norm for the masses, we...
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  7. More Somerset Tales by Jack William Sweet

    In the Introduction to my latest book More Somerset Tales - Shocking and Surprising, I have quoted from Somerset Ways - a guide book published by The Great Western Railway Company over a century ago, which declares that: 'Somerset is Home. For it is here in Somerset that the longest journeys end, and the greatest wanderers come to rest at...
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  8. Bristol Pubs by James MacVeigh

    ‘There is nothing which has been contrived by Man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.’  Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Like King Street where it stands, the Llandoger Trow pub is distinctive and quirky, both architecturally and in the richness of its history. (Bristol Pubs, Amberley Publishing) Why would anyone decide to write...
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  9. East End Jewish Cemeteries by Louis Berk

    An Oasis in Whitechapel - East End Jewish Cemeteries I am a secondary school teacher, and since 2004, I have worked at a school in Brady Street, in the heart of Whitechapel. I did not realise until I was looking out of a second story window one day that my school adjoins one of the oldest Jewish Cemeteries in the...
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  10. Brighton From Old Photographs by Christopher Horlock

    Another book of old Brighton photographs? There have been so many over recent years (and I’ve written seven of them!) it might seem there really isn’t the need for another. What’s different about this new book is it contains a large number of really old photographs of the town, some dating to the 1840s. I doubt if any other seaside...
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