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Welsh: The Biography

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by Breverton Terry
A popular and "unashamedly pro-Welsh" history of Wales, with a strong focus on the pre-modern era. A lively and opinionated narrative is peppered with liberal quotation from primary sources, and the story of warfare, resistance and rebellion alternated with reflections on the development of Welsh culture, language and poetry.
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Central Bristol Through Time

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by Anthony Beeson
Brycgstowe, 'the place at the bridge', as the Saxon founders of Bristol once called it, is a city of destiny. Once the second port in the country and one of the wealthiest cities in Britain, it has enjoyed centuries of prosperity based on manufacturing, seafaring and trade. Geographically split between the counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset and approached by sea through the dramatic Avon Gorge, the ci...
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British Railway Wagons 1980-2015

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by Dedman, John
All too often, when observing our railways, focus falls entirely on the locomotives or multiple units that haul the many services that travel on them. Britain's railway wagons are equally deserving of attention, with many fascinating details of their own. Over the past three decades, there has been much change on the railways, and the wagons reflect this too. Covering an often neglected subject, John Dedman...
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The Tower of London: The Biography

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by Porter, Stephen
The Tower of London is an icon of England's history. William the Conqueror built the White Tower after his invasion and conquest in 1066 to dominate London, and it has become infamous as a place of torture, execution and murder. The deaths of royals attracted most attention: the murder of the Princes in the Tower, the beheading of Henry VIII's wives Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard, and Lady Jane Grey, Hen...
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Railway Hotels

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by Patterson, Michael
This book celebrates the British railway station hotel. It focuses on those hotels built or acquired by the railway companies themselves rather than on the many railway or station hotels built by local entrepreneurs as speculative ventures up and down the country. It traces the success and failure of some of the early railway hotels but at its heart are those, such as Glasgow's Central Hotel, the Midland Gr...
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The Magnificent Seven

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by Turpin/2
A ring of spectacular cemeteries, developed at the edges of London in the decade from 1832, have long been referred to as The Magnificent Seven. At the time, they set a new aesthetic for the burial of the dead, and remain rich in social history and beauty to this day. It was entrepreneurs, rather than the religious authorities, who responded to the squalor of the City's brimming churchyards by fi nancing s...
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Through Spain with Wellington: The Letters of Lieutenant Peter Le Mesurier of the 'Fighting Ninth'

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by Greenwood, Adrian
The letters of Peter Le Mesurier (1789-1813) cover his service in the 9th Foot, from leaving for Portugal as an ensign in 1808 at the very start of the Peninsular War, up until Le Mesurier's death at the Battle of the Nive in December 1813. The 'Fighting Ninth' saw more action than any other regiment, and this correspondence covers most of the key events of the Peninsular War; finally, grimly, 'book-ended' ...
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Secrets of Central London's Squares

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by Brandon, David
Explore the secret, the quirky and curious history of London's well-known squares. Authors David Brandon and Alan Brooke have made some strange discoveries in these famous places, from the personal dedications on the benches in Berkeley Square to the Grade II listed Cabman's Shelter at Russell Square. There are details on the hidden history of the squares, weird and wonderful incidents and little-known fact...
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City of London: The Archives of Judges of Hastings Ltd

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by Grynberg, Warren
The City of London is where London began 2,000 years ago when the Romans invaded. Today it is one of the most important financial centres in the world. With much destruction during the bombing of the Second World War, the city has reinvented itself into a high-tech business city, and through these photographic postcards you can see how 'The Square Mile' was over the past 100 years. Fred Judge, an early twen...
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The Lost Works Of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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by John Christopher
ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL is famous for the engineering wonders he left behind - from the SS Great Britain to the delights of Paddington and Temple Meads stations, but much of what he designed has been lost. From the ships Great Western and Great Eastern to the majestic water towers of Crystal Palace, the Hungerford Bridge and the South Devon atmospheric railway, many of Brunel's achievements have been lost...
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Cadbury & Fry Through Time

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by Paul Chrystal
These two British companies did much to pioneer the chocolate industry, not just in the UK but throughout the world. Up until 1918 the two companies were quite separate competitors but Cadbury's growth earlier in the decade along with Rowntree's resurgence led to Cadbury's takeover of Fry. The early days and progress of the companies, both before and after merging, are charted here with many examples of ear...
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The Train Driver's Manual

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by Maggs, Colin G., MBE
You want to be a steam engine driver? It's not that simple - it's not just a matter of blowing the whistle, releasing the brakes and opening the regulator. Where is the whistle? Which handle operates the brakes and what is a regulator? And do you really want to be in a locomotive cab where your front will bake and your rear will freeze? Over the years, accidents have occurred on the railways and to preven...
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Prehistoric Wiltshire

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by Clarke, Bob
Wiltshire contains some of the most important archaeological sites in Britain.Its Prehistoric remains include the breath-taking Stonehenge, awesome stone circle at Avebury , the enigma of Silbury Hill and a large number of hillforts. Among these important sites are also found smaller, perhaps lesser-known monuments of the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, including the King Barrow cemetery and Woodhenge. Bob Cla...
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel Through Time

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by Christopher Joh
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was Britain's greatest engineer, he was the man who built everything on a huge scale, he built Britain's biggest ship, some of Britain's most spectacular bridges, a tunnel under the Thames and the finest railway line in Britain, the London to Bristol route of the Great Western Railway. Everything he did was on a scale not seen before, not just in Britain, but in the world. Brunel le...
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Richard III: The Road to Leicester

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by Licence, Amy
Following the dramatic announcement that Richard III's body had been discovered, past controversies have been matched by fresh disputes. Why is Richard III England's most controversial king? The question of his reburial has provoked national debate and protest, taking levels of interest in the medieval king to an unprecedented level. While Richard's life remains able to polarise opinion, the truth probably ...
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London Underground at War

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by Cooper, Nick
Alexander Korda's 1936 film The Shape of Things to Come predicted the nightmare of aerial bombing against London. Even as the storm clouds gathered, the government was woefully slow in protecting its civilian population. Some problems, such as the risk of a catastrophic flooding of the Underground network, were anticipated. But the enduring image of the Blitz is the spontaneous and community driven adoption...
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London Gig Venues

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by Allen, Carl
The UK has produced some of the most original, exciting and influential bands in the world and most of these bands have cut their teeth in the network of music venues that criss-cross the capital. Some of these venues have achieved a mythical status whilst others have fallen by the wayside Imagine walking past some grubby old snooker hall unaware that Pink Floyd had played it in the 1960s. To those that ca...
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London: A History in Paintings & Illustrations

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by Porter, Stephen
London has been an irresistible subject for generations of artists, draughtsmen and photographers, who have captured scenes of everyday life as well as the grand occasions, depicting the formality and the commonplace. Their work has provided us with a rich legacy that is a record of London and its people, complementing the testimony of writers in portraying the humour and sometimes the folly within the metr...
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The Story of Roman Bath

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by Southern, Patricia
When the Romans built the bath-and-temple complex of Bath in the late first century AD, they called the place Aquae Sulis, the waters of Sulis, a British deity who was equated with the Roman goddess Minerva. It was unlike any other town in Roman Britain, and it had no specific town status, compared to nearby Cirencester, which was a chartered town set up as a tribal administrative centre. All classes of peo...
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Glasgow in 50 Buildings

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by Meighan, Michael
From its status as the Second City of the Empire to its current role as a vibrant and cosmopolitan centre of new industry and education, Glasgow has a proud history and, through the years, has invested in much loved buildings that have shaped its growth and contributed to its cultural identity. 'Glasgow in 50 Buildings' explores the history of this rich and vibrant community by presenting a selection of it...
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