Britain's Living Past

Author: Anthony Burton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781844865420

Category: History

Page: 224

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Britain's Living Past is a celebration of the best of the past, of things that have been preserved because they still matter to the community. It is a book in which the emphasis is very much on the word 'living'; looking at traditions, pastimes and working practices, some centuries old, that survive today not as museum pieces or in pages of a history book but as part of everyday modern life. From reminders of Britain's great maritime past in the crafts of the shipwright and the rope maker, to the organised mayhem that is the Ashbourne Tuesday football match and the exotic splendour of Giffords traditional circus, writer Tony Burton and photographer Rob Scott have travelled the length and breadth of our great nation to recreate for the reader the amazing sights they have seen. Together they have travelled from Shetland in the far north to the tip of Cornwall. They have sailed along the Scottish coast in a paddle steamer and learned how to make Melton Mowbray pork pies by hand. They have watched ponies galloping through the streets of Appleby and resisted the temptation to try too many of the sweets in the world's oldest sweet shop. This is a book that delights in the rich diversity of our historic survivors. For both author and photographer it has been a pleasure to witness many skilled people at work: to discover the complexity of building a fairground organ or to marvel at the skill and athleticism of circus performers. This is a book of rich variety that celebrates the great survivors from our islands' history.
Walking the Wales Coast Path

Author: Paddy Dillon

Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited

ISBN: 9781783628957

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

View: 514

The Wales Coast Path offers an unparalleled opportunity to walk a nation's coastline in its entirety. Stretching 1400km (870 miles) from Chester to Chepstow, including Anglesey, the waymarked trail takes 2-3 months to complete but can easily be broken into shorter sections. The walking is generally not difficult, although there are occasional rugged sections, steep ascents and descents and more remote stretches with fewer facilities. Promising fantastic scenery and a unique insight into local history and culture, what better way to experience the diversity and beauty of Wales' captivating coastline? The route is presented in 57 stages, ranging from 16 to 32km, each featuring clear route description illustrated with 1:100,000 mapping, overview statistics and notes on the availability of accommodation, facilities and public transport links. You'll find plenty of helpful advice for planning your walk, plus background information on Welsh history, geology, plants, wildlife and local points of interest. A facilities table, Welsh glossary and useful contacts can be found in the appendices. Passing through the Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks, as well as numerous AONBs and sections of Heritage Coast, the Wales Coast Path takes in seaside resorts, attractive fishing villages, sandy beaches, rocky coves and striking cliff coastline. Highlights include the picturesque Llyn and Gower peninsulas, 13th-century 'Iron Ring' castles and frequent opportunities for wildlife spotting. The route can be linked with Offa's Dyke Path National Trail (covered in a separate Cicerone guide) to complete a full circuit of Wales.
Transporter Bridges

Author: John Hannavy

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526760395

Category: Photography

Page: 272

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This volume of original and historic photographs captures the story of the ingenious bridges that carried us from the Victorian era into modern times. With their moveable platforms designed to traverse busy waterways, Transporter Bridges served a brief but vital need from the late 19th century into the early 20th. Though many were planned, the huge increase in road transport quickly rendered them obsolete. In the end, fewer than thirty were ever completed across the world, with only nine still standing in their original form. But the transporter bridge appears to be entering a renaissance. In France and Argentina, restoration efforts are bringing life back to some of the original bridges. Meanwhile, proposals exist for three new bridges across France—at Nantes, Marseille and Brest—to replace some of those lost during and after the Second World War. This illustrated history captures the beauty of transporter bridges through hundreds of color photographs. The author combines his own modern images with many historic photographs and postcards chronicling the construction and operation of these unusual structures.
Modern Buildings in Britain

Author: Owen Hatherley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141998312

Category: Architecture

Page: 608

View: 904

The definitive illustrated guide to modern British architecture, from one of the most acclaimed critics at work today Modernism is now a century old, and its consequences are all around us, built into our everyday lived environments. Its place in Britain's history is fiercely contested, and its role in our future is the subject of ongoing controversy - but modernist buildings have undoubtedly changed our cities, politics and identity forever. In Modern Buildings in Britain, Owen Hatherley applauds the ambition and explores the significance of this most divisive of architectures, travelling from Aberystwyth to Aberdeen, from St Ives to Shetland, in search of our most important and distinctive modern buildings. Drawing on hundreds of examples, we learn how the concrete of Brutalism embodies post-war civic principles, how corporate values were expressed in the glass façades of the International Style, and why Ecomodernist experimentation is often consigned to the geographic fringes. As Hatherley considers the social, political and cultural value of these structures - a number of which are threatened by demolition - two linked questions emerge: what happens to a building after it has been lived in, and what becomes of an idea when its time has passed? With more than six hundred pages of trenchantly opinionated, often witty analysis, and with three hundred photographs in duotone and colour, Modern Buildings in Britain is a landmark contribution to the history of British architecture.
Wales and West Central England

Author: Roger Cragg

Publisher: Thomas Telford

ISBN: 0727725769

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 309

View: 538

Part of the "Heritage" titles, this illustrated book covers Wales and the Western part of central England, from Cheshire in the north to just south of Bristol. It describes many examples of civil engineering heritage, and contains location maps and notes on access to sites, and the achievements of famous names.
The Rough Guide to Wales

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 9780241206256

Category: Travel

Page: 687

View: 559

The eighth edition of the Rough Guide to Wales is the ultimate travel guide to this incredibly varied country, with stunning photography throughout. Whether you want to trek the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or let loose at Green Man festival, have a slap-up meal in foodie Abergavenny or chug through the Snowdonia mountains on the Ffestiniog Railway, you'll find all the practical details and inspiring ideas you'll need. Spanning the length and breadth of Wales, from tiny valley towns to bustling cities, this is the most comprehensive guide to the country. Plan your trip using our colour-coded maps and up-to-date listings on the best places to stay, eat and drink in every corner of Wales. Whether you want detailed background or a quick idea of the highlights of each region, The Rough Guide to Wales has it all. Make the most of your time on EarthTM with The Rough Guide to Wales.
No Match for Uncle Charlie

Author: Bernard Palfrey


ISBN: 9781409239819


Page: 144

View: 316

Part of growing up often takes children into the fantasy world of make-belief. There is no story more fantastic than that of Uncle Charlie, who left the planet Urateeze to reveal his tremendous powers in his dedication to the protection of a very special family who live in one of the many picturesque Welsh Valleys.Yet there are times when it becomes difficult to separate fantasy from reality. Perceived truth can be a matter of faith and belief. The veracity of this story is for the reader to decide. It involves the destiny of one family to include the experiences of three generations. However, in its authenticity the result of the battle with the evil Molach has implications that could have eternal consequences for the whole of the planet Earth
Britain from the Rails

Author: Benedict Le Vay

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 184162277X

Category: Travel

Page: 368

View: 386

There's a magical romance about trains that no other form of transport can capture. Meeting under an iconic station clock at a grand terminus. Gathering speed through city, town and country, swooping across viaducts, rattling across huge junctions and whistling through tunnels. At long last you are in a small Sussex beachside halt, or a Welsh valley country station, beside a quiet Norfolk waterway, or winding through a remote forest high above a Scottish loch. Dreamily you think, 'Do those same twin ribbons of steel really lead all the way back to the greatest city in Europe? Can this really be the very same seat?'Britain from the Rails travels to a world far from the endless queues and prodding security of ugly airport terminals. It abandons the cars to their motorway jams and soaring petrol prices, and revels instead in the gems of Britain's historic railway system.
West from Paddington

Author: Stuart Cole

Publisher: Etica Press Ltd

ISBN: 9781905633050

Category: England

Page: 167

View: 460

West from Paddington is the essential companion for every traveller on First Great Western Railway. Packed with information on all the landmarks, railway history, geographical features and places of interest that can be seen from your window as your journey unfolds, this indispensable guide covers three great routes - Paddington to Bristol; Reading to Penzance and Swindon to Carmarthen. A route map for each section of the journey highlights the features described, and the book includes hundreds of specially commissioned colour photographs giving a 'traveller's-eye' view. Each entry indicates on which side of the train the place or item of interest described can be found. Written by lifelong railway enthusiast and Professor of Transport, Stuart Cole, and with a Foreword by pop impresario and railway devotee Pete Waterman OBE, West from Paddington will turn your journey into a voyage of discovery.
The Rough Guide to Wales

Author: Mike Parker

Publisher: Rough Guides

ISBN: 1843531208

Category: Travel

Page: 585

View: 739

This guide covers everything, from Wales' pumping nightlife and rural cosmopolitanism to its crags and castles. Critical reviews are given on accommodation and restaurants suiting all pockets, from budget to luxury. There are detailed descriptions of numerous walks, from gentle lakeside strolls to serious mountain scrambles, and water sports, including surfing and the locally pioneered sport of coasteering.