WAREHAM AND THE ISLE OF PURBECK - THROUGH TIME
by Anthony Beeson
Wareham, once a quiet market town, is now the bustling historic gateway to the
Isle of Purbeck. Wareham has a varied history that ranges from evidence of early Neolithic and Mesolithic settlers and even, interestingly, used as a garrison town,
with 7,000 soldiers living and training there during the First World War.
It grew very little before the twentieth century due to its environment but things were about to change both in Wareham and in Purbeck as a whole
as the outside world discovered its delights.
This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which Wareham and the isle of Purbeck have changed and developed over the last century
This volume is arranged geographically, as a series of textual and visual peregrinations, through Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck.
Places include Stoborough, Corfe Castle, Furzebrook, Creech, Arne, Kingston,
Langton Matravers, Worth Matravers, Kimmeridge, Holme, East and West Lulworth,
Studland and Swanage. Wareham and the Isle of Purheck.
Through Time includes new material and previously unpublished illustrations from the author's collection.
THE SOMERSET & DORSET RAILWAY - THROUGH TIME
by Steph Gillett
The Somerset & Dorset Railway, known as the S&D (said to also stand for
'Slow and Dirty' or 'Serene and Delightful'), ran from Bath across the Mendip hills
to Bournemouth on the south coast. Never a high-speed line, the main traffic for the Somerset & Dorset during the winter months was freight and local passenger traffic. In the summer, however, there was heavy traffic as Saturday holiday services from the northern industrial towns passed along the line.
This fascinating selection of photographs traces some of the many ways in which the Somerset & Dorset Railway has changed and developed over the last century.
In 1962, John Betjeman travelled along the Somerset & Dorset from Evercreech junction to Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea, making a BBC documentary called Branch Line Railway, in which he pleaded for the line to be spared from the Beeching cuts. However, despite an active campaign to save it, and the promise by the new Labour government that there would be no more railway cutbacks, on 7 March 1966 the whole line was closed. 2016 will see the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of this much-mourned railway; here in this well-illustrated book, the history of the line is preserved.
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GARDENING ON THE EDGE &
SHRUBS FOR THE MILDER COUNTIES
GARDENING ON THE EDGE
General Editor Philip McMillan Browse
Ten respected and practising gardeners, and one of the world's foremost evolutionary biologists write on their experiences of 'gardening on the edge'- at the edge of knowledge, and at the edge of the land.
Since the plant introductions of the nineteenth century,
Cornwall has been at the forefront of the art and science of gardening
its gardens and gardeners famous world-wide.
Gardening on the Edge continues this tradition: it describes a host of plants
introduced since the mid-twentieth century - all particularly suited to western seaboard gardens and mild, temperate climates.
SHRUBS FOR THE MILDER COUNTIES
by W Arnold-Forster
First published in 1948, W. Amold-Forster's Shrubs for the Milder Counties
is a classic in its field.
It is based on a lifetime of practical gardening experience,
much of it at Eagles Nest, high on a Cornish moor.
The writing is extraordinarily fresh and valid for today`s gardeners.
This new edition contains an Addendum of Plant Name Changes by Peter Clough, NDH, a horticulturist with vast practical experience of many western seaboard gardens,
and former head gardener at Achamore House, Isle of Gigha, Tresco Abbey Garden, and Inverewe.
It is illustrated with new colour photographs.
STEAMING THROUGH CORNWALL
1000 PIECE JIGSAW
1000 piece puzzle - includes a free copy of "Great Little Railways of Cornwall".
Printed on premium quality cardboard.
COMPLETE 2016/17 GUIDE TO
THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
Written by all of us at the South West Coast Path Association,
this guide is jam packed with all the details you need to plan your
South West Coast Path 630 mile adventure,
find a perfect view for a picnic or decide on a shorter walk.
The Path is divided into eight manageable sections with essential information for planning an experience you will never forget.
You will find B&Bs, hotels, youth hostels, holiday cottages and campsites all shown by their section of Path, together with tide times and useful transport information.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A HAYLE STEAMSHIP
by Peter Joseph
It is 15th January 1863. Off the coast of North Carolina the paddle steamer Cornubia is running the Union blockade from Wilmington to Bermuda.
But there is a problem: bearing down on her in a heavy gale and rough sea is the
USS Vanderbilt, the largest full-rigged steamer in the Federal blockading fleet.
The Cornubia had already been chased by several other Union cruisers the previous day but the closing Vanderbilt is over 100 feet longer than the Cornubia and 2,800 tons heavier. The Vanderbilt also has a battery of 15 heavy guns while the Cornubia, like all other blockade runners, is unarmed. With great daring, Captain John Burroughs, Cornubia's English captain, turns his ship into the teeth of the gale and the towering waves; the Vanderbilt tries to follow but fails and has to bear away to take in her sails or suffer the loss of sails, spars or masts.
Three days later the Cornubia arrived in St George's Harbour, Bermuda, with her precious cargo of 300 bales of cotton, which along with some tobacco, rosin and turpentine, would be sold to help the Confederate war effort.
Why was a Hayle-built paddle steamer recently employed on the Hayle-Bristol packet service now running the Union blockade of the Southern ports and risking the heavily-armed cruisers? This book tells the remarkable history of this ship; her name is well known - there are at least two pubs named after her - but the full story of this extraordinary Cornish ship has had to wait many years to be told; here it is at last.
GEOLOGY AND LANDSCAPE OF SOUTH WEST ENGLAND
by Robert Westwood
Thousands are drawn to the natural beauty of South West England every year;
a landscape that has evolved over millions of years through geological processes,
some of which may seem mundane and familiar; some surprising and exotic.
The pictures in this book are intended as a celebration of this glorious landscape,
but also as a reminder of, and a pointer to, the processes that have been at work through the millennia of geological time. With a little help the evidence is there for all to see.
Robert Westwood is a writer and photographer based in Dorset.
He studied geology at University of Exeter and written books on the geology of Cornwall, The Lake Disrtict and the Jurassic Coast, including guides for the
Jurassic Coast Trust and the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
DEVON; AN ARTIST EXPLORES
by Paul Snowdon
Devon: An Artist Explores is a labour of love: a guide book created entirely by the hand of a local artist Paul Snowdon. In over 180 illustrations, portraits and maps, interwoven with hand written text, this book explores the history, character, geography and places of interest in one of England's most fascinating stretches of coast.
OUR PATTERNED WORLD
by Carla Jennings
A beautiful colouring book full of elegant designs for you to enjoy.
Relax & unwind while you use your imagination & add your own stamp of creativity.
A collection of colouring pages inspired by the fascinating patterns in the gardens & hedgerows around Cornwall.
BRITISH WARSHIPS & AUXILIARIES 2016/17
by Steve Bush
SIMON THE SPEEDBOAT AND THE SOS
by Nigel Reed
An SOS call breaks the peace in Boatland. Can Kevin and his friends rescue Demelza and can Simon the Speedboat go as fast as he says?
MUCKY WATER MYSTERY
by Nigel Reed
During a night-time trip, Kevin and his boat friends find out
who is responsible for the mess in the Summerwater.
by Nigel Reed
In the winter on Sandybanks Beach hard, Kevin and his friends
are troubled by some unruly sailors. What do the decide to do?
DEVON A to Z
by Paul White
People, places, events and surprising facts :
Why is Devon responsible for Yorkshire’s diet of fish and chips?
Why is Runaway Lane so-called?
Where was the Roman 'fort of the sacred groves’?
Who, at the age of 64, promised to give birth to a new Messiah and had 100,000 followers?
BOOK LOVER'S DEVON
by Paul White
Writers born in Devon, such as Coleridge, have often moved away perhaps sensibly,
to discover the bright lights or further their career,
but many writers from elsewhere, even more sensibly,
have moved to Devon for its inspirational qualities and its tranquillity.
Famous novels such as Sense and Sensibility and The Hound of the Baskervilles
were set here following their authors' holiday experiences.
Visitors from John Keats to Beatrix Potter have also written about Devon.
This book covers the famous names as well as those either largely forgotten or remembered only locally, and we hope you will discover something of interest about all of them - as well as, perhaps, identifying new books to find and read.
SHORTISH WALKS BODMIN MOOR (2nd Edition)
by Paul White
Our 'shortish' walks are typically 6-8km (4-5 miles) in length and will occupy a morning or an afternoon. All but one are circular. They take in the most interesting antiquities and industrial sites of the Moor, as well as its wild and dramatic scenery.
SOUTH WEST STONE QUARRIES
by Peter Stanier
The South West of England has provided quality building stone for many of Britain's finest buildings over many centuries, and continues to do so. Locally the stone contributes to the distinctive character of many of the egion's prettiest villages.
Where is the stone found and how is it quarried? Famous names are here,
such as Bath, Delabole, Ham Hill, Portland or Purbeck, and top quality stone,
obtained in large blocks for building, monuments or engineering work,
is quarried as 'dimension stone' or 'freestone'; sandstones, limestones, granite and slate.
This traditional industry has seen dramatic changes in methods of extraction, processing, transport and uses over the past 120 years.
We follow in the footsteps of the Victorian geologist George Harris, visiting the same quarries he saw and described (with diversions on the way) comparing how they work today in a highly mechanised world.
Whether looking at vernacular architecture or the capital's grandest buildings, these stone quarries, large and small, make a major contribution to the character of the landscape and environment around us.
Peter Stanier is the author of Quarries of England & Wales and South West Granite, amongst many others.
Of interest to landscape and industrial historians, railway historians, geologists and those who enjoy the British countryside.
241 Colour Illustrations
TIDE TIMES 2016
High and Low Water with Heights
including Sunrise and Sunset Times and other useful beach and seashore information
Times shown in the24 hour clock and adjusted for British Summer Time.
CORNWALL SOUTH COAST 2016 ISBN 9780755843466
NORTH DEVON COAST 2016 ISBN 9780755843428
PLYMOUTH & COAST 2016 ISBN 9780755843442
SOUTH DEVON COAST 2016 ISBN 9780755843435
SECRET BEACHES - SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
by Rob Smith
Over 50 secluded beaches and coves revealed
by short walks along the West Country coastline
Much more than a guidebook, Secret Beaches: Southwest England showcases
the secluded shores that are strung bead-like along
the coastlines of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.
Through detailed walk directions and inspiring photographs,
it leads you down forgotten woodland trails and along dramatic clifftop pathways
to hidden coves known only to a handful of locals.
Over 50 beaches, ranging from small, hidden coves to sweeping sands
Stunning walking routes, ranging from easy and short to more serious hikes
The best local restaurants, cafés and pubs
Beach ratings for swimming, seclusion, sunbathing and more
Easy-to-read maps and step-by-step directions
Hundreds of beautiful photographs
The Secret Seeker guarantee of an unbeatable day out
SECRET KITCHEN - SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
by Jane Sarchet & Rob Smith
Secret Kitchen; Southwest England reveals some of the region's best-kept
gastronomic secrets, from elegant restaurants and backstreet bistros
to farmers' markets, quirky cafés and the finest local delis.
So whether you fancy a traditional cream tea or a Cornish pasty, or even some extravagant lobster risotto, there's something here to satisfy every appetite.
More than 130 venues, carefully selected to showcase the very best of
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Bath and Somerset.
Options to suit every taste, budget and dietary requirement
A focus on sustainably farmed, locally sourced produce and outstanding service
Plenty of practical info, including suitability for families, dog walkers and vegetarians
The Secret Seeker guarantee of an unbeatable day out
by Sue Lewington
I've known Penzance very well for lots of years
and in that time it has gone through many changes.
The main thing that hasn't changed is that it is a real working place
full of real people, its history is all there in its architecture, harbour and parks.
Even on a dull day the light in the bay is wonderful
from glassy calm to huge waves leaving a tide line of seaweed along the Prom.
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