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Thousand Best Houses
Tour England. A hymn to good architecture, an ode to authentic
domestic interiors buy, beg, borrow or steal a copy to keep
in the car. No other book will prompt so many joyous detours
Christopher Hudson, Daily Mail England's houses are a treasure
trove of riches and a unique, living record of the nation's
history. Simon Jenkins's magnificent guide selects the finest
palaces, mansions, halls, castles and cottages throughout the
land, from the stately to the humble, in a glorious celebration
of English life.
Rural England. This is an informative and entertaining celebration of the diversity of the English Countryside today. Each month of the year the author brings aspects of rural England to life for her readers: a fascinating insight into a mammal, a wild flower, a rural worker, a countryside festival, a seasonal landscape, a native bird, and traditional farming practice. Stunning and unusual photographs accompany each topic. Rural England: What's Happening Month by Month: What S Happening Month by Month.
The North West: English Heritage (England's Landscape) The most detailed description of why the countryside of England now looks the way it does, covering the geology, archaeology and history of each area and what effects each has had on the landscape we see today. The contents include: The Personality of the North West; Land and People; A Patchwork of Landscapes People in the Landscape; Moving through the Landscape; Making a Living; The Farming Landscape; Fell, Moorlands and Moss; Landscapes of Industry; Townscapes and Cityscapes; Expressions of the Abstract; Expressions of Power; The Quest for Utopia; Landscape and Mind; and The Discovery of the Hills.
Big Road Atlas Britain 2006 (AA Atlases S.)
Tour England. Latest edition of this popular A3 sized road atlas,
fully revised and updated for 2006. Each page has been titled
with its geographic location so you can turn to the page you
need more easily. There is a new 16-page on the road guide and
a town plan section with 48 town plans, including fully indexed
Central London street maps. Each map has been created by experts
at the AA to help you navigate Britain's roads safely and easily.
with William Shakespeare
Tour England. Walk
with William Shakespeare through his world, enjoying his plays,
poetry and scenes from his life. Visit his home in Stratford
and walk in the surrounding countryside he knew and loved. Roam
the Cotswold hills where he probably taught school, and discover
how he learned courtly ways as we visit the Earl of Southampton's
mansion near Titchfield in Hampshire. Explore London, scene
of his great triumphs.
Castle: The Official Illustrated History
Tour England. Windsor
Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in existence.
It is the home of the Queen, and with its skyline of battlements,
turrets and great Round Tower it is instantly recognisable throughout
the world. Visitors have been admitted to the Castle since the
eighteenth century, and in this flowing and well-researched
account John Martin Robinson traces the building's 1,000 years
England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales
Tour England. Britain and Ireland are home to hundreds of castles,
some still lived in, some reduced to little more than lumps
and bumps in the landscape. Many of them have been the scene
of great historical events, negotiations, battles, sieges, executions,
kidnappings and betrayals, and all have often bloody and grim
stories to tell. Today, most castles are fascinating and romantic
places to visit. They include Windsor, a vast and rambling warren
that would still be recognized by medieval visitors; Carreg
Cennen, a fabulous ruin complete with a cliff-side secret tunnel
set in breathtaking landscapes in the mountains of Wales; Hermitage
in the Scottish Lowlands, where Mary Queen of Scots rode alone
to visit her secret lover; and Blarney, most famous for the
stone you should kiss in order to gain eloquence, but also one
of Ireland's most impressive castles. Castles is based on the
classic work by Plantagenet Somerset Fry and has been completely
revised and redesigned for this brand new edition.
Most Beautiful Villages of England (Most Beautiful Villages)
Tour England. Villages are the very embodiment of Englishness.
Honey coloured cottages from peaceful Cornwall communities;
splendid thatched roofs sweeping over eaves and windows in the
villages of Hampshire; half-timbering, flint and limestone giving
Suffolk hamlets their characteristic appearance; and limestone,
sandstone and millstone grit giving a darker look to those of
Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland. Records the richness and
diversity of the English village in photographs and commentary.
Grouped by area and sub-divided by county, this is a celebration
of the most beautiful villages of England.
Thousand Best Churches
Tour England. Parish churches are England's glory. They enshrine
the history of a people, most of whom have lived far from the
capital, court and Parliament. These people, their art, architecture
and faith, are seldom recorded or celebrated. The parish church
is their public monument. Simon Jenkins has travelled the length
and breadth of England to select his thousand best churches.
They are of all periods and denominations, though most are mediaeval
foundations. Organized by county, each church is described,
often with delightful asides, and is given a star-rating from
one to five. The four and five star churches are listed as the
"hundred best". The county sections are prefaced by
a map locating each church and illustrated with photographs
by Paul Barker from the "Country Life" archive. These
churches house a gallery of vernacular art without equal in
the world. From the Norman grotesques of Kilpeck to the Quaker
simplicity of Come-to-Good, from the painted saints of Ranworth
to the mighty fan vault of Sherborne, from the rose Madonna
of Willoughby to Sara Losh's Cumbrian homage to love, these
works would rank in any national museum. Simon Jenkins has brought
this museum, located in some of England's most beautiful places,
to public attention and asks that we treasure it for the next
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