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See below for a selection of the latest books from Local history category. Presented with a red border are the Local history books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Local history books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Cotswold Arts and Crafts Architecture

Cotswold Arts and Crafts Architecture

Author: Catherine Gordon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

Between 1890 and 1930, Arts and Crafts architecture proliferated within the Cotswolds. The range and quality of the buildings was exceptional as the region provided the perfect environment for the Movement's ideals and principles. Arts and Crafts architects relished the robust vernacular precedent as it channelled their ideas and stimulated their imaginations. Its rational basis and dependence on craft skills had lasting value, and it was no coincidence that the most influential aspect of their work was its emphasis on conservation. The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds has attracted much interest in recent decades, the appeal of the simple life and of traditional values detached from the pressures of modern society having as much allure now as it did a century ago. Most of these studies have referred to the work of architects in the region, but the subject has not received the specialist attention it deserves. Until now. This book examines the impact of the Movement on the Cotswold landscape, on the survival of its building traditions and on modern attitudes to building conservation.

The Little Book of the Cotswolds

The Little Book of the Cotswolds

Author: Gillian Broomhall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2020

The Little Book of the Cotswolds is a veritable smorgasbord of Cotswold miscellany, packed with fascinating titbits and all manner of factual frippery - from Cotswold lions to puppy dog pies. The region's strangest traditions, its most eccentric inhabitants, blood-curdling murders and right royal connections combine with humorous cartoons to make this quirky little book difficult to put down.

Whatever Happened to the Real Black Country? Black Country Chronicles 1939-1999

Whatever Happened to the Real Black Country? Black Country Chronicles 1939-1999

Author: Tom Larkin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2019

This book covers the daily lives of ordinary working-class people from the outbreak of the Second World War to the end of the century. It attempts to detail every aspect of day-to-day living in the Black Country during this period, from the impact of the war on family lifestyles, marriage, courting, National Service and teenage years, as well as a description of a typical domestic week for housewives. The impact that new innovations, such as the wirelesses, television and cinema, had on society and family life plus the challenges that existed after the war with slum housing and shortages of food and other goods are all explored. The book also details appalling health conditions, pollution, childhood games and hobbies, morality and crime in the region, before finally taking a look at the decline of the region's crucial industries.

Sharrow Vale & the Antiques Quarter

Sharrow Vale & the Antiques Quarter

Author: Darren O'Brien Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2019

Darren O'Brien documents two developing communities of Sheffield as gentrification begins to take place. Both areas are seeing an influx of outsiders and changing community dynamics.

Stroud

Stroud

Author: Rupert Russell Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/12/2019

Stroud is a compact cultural soup of stories waiting to be told. Rupert's photographs take you under the skin of the people in this unique town, at times part of the picture-perfect Cotswolds it occupies and at times set very apart.

Geelong's Changing Landscape Ecology, Development and Conservation

Geelong's Changing Landscape Ecology, Development and Conservation

Author: David S. Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Geelong's Changing Landscape offers an insightful investigation of the ecological history of the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula region. Commencing with the penetrating perspectives of Wadawurrung Elders, chapters explore colonisation and post-World War II industrial development through to the present challenges surrounding the ongoing urbanisation of this region. Expert contributors provide thoughtful analysis of the ecological and cultural characteristics of the landscape, the impact of past actions, and options for ethical future management of the region. This book will be of value to scientists, engineers, land use planners, environmentalists and historians. Features The most comprehensive investigation of the history of development and planning of the Geelong region. An incisive text that raises challenges about Geelong's future growth. Includes insights from Wadawurrung Elders about the transformation of their Country in the Geelong region.

Ashford - Scenes of the Sixties

Ashford - Scenes of the Sixties

Author: Steve R. Salter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

When the Lights Go on Again The Story of Cowfold in World War 2

When the Lights Go on Again The Story of Cowfold in World War 2

Author: Michael Burt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

This book tells the story of life during WW2 in and around Cowfold, largely through the memories of eleven children, with ages ranging from under five to teenager. There are no stories here of bloodshed, death and destruction. Instead this is a story of making do with often very little, of life in the village under the restrictions of blackout and rationing, of childish wide-eyed excitement at watching aerial combat and of rushing to the site of a crashed bomber or fighter in the hope of picking up souvenirs. There are stories of fear at hearing the night time throbbing engine of German bombers or bombs and incendiaries exploding in the area, and later of the dreaded Doodlebug. This was the villagers' front line- the Home Front - where achieving victory in farming the fields or responding to the Dig for victory campaign or just keeping calm and carrying on was no less important to the ultimate victory than the battles fought on land, in the air, and at sea. The children played their part in this Home Front victory accepting the hardships and contributing to the war effort by helping with fund raising or collecting wild fruit for processing, or helping with the harvests. This book is a tribute to all those children and adults of Cowford who endured six years of hardship, shortages, separation from fathers, husbands, sons and brothers and sisters, and fear and yet who persevered and ultimately prevailed.

Middlesbrough 1920-2020 A Century of Change

Middlesbrough 1920-2020 A Century of Change

Author: Araf Chohan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

For Pottery & Peace A Northampton Family Story

For Pottery & Peace A Northampton Family Story

Author: Richard Church Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

For 140 years Church's China filled thousands of Northamptonshire shelves with its glasses, crockery and ornaments. It was one of Northampton's best known and best loved family businesses. The family behind the shop has a remarkable story to tell. The former Mayor of Northampton, Richard Church tells that story through the words of his own ancestors. Five generations of the Northampton family began with the founder of the business, Thomas Church, having stones thrown through his windows just a year after moving to the town. Richard's grandfather, Wilfrid, recalled a Victorian childhood living above the shop on Northampton's Market Square. Great Uncle William wrote a diary of his arrest and imprisonment for refusing to fight in the first world war. Uncle Philip's death as an RAF pilot in a bombing raid over Berlin and an aircraft crashing in the heart of Northampton in the second world war are told through the diaries of Wilfrid Church. The story continues through the re-development and expansion of the town in the 1960's and 1970's. The demolition of the much-loved Emporium Arcade in 1972, followed by 30 successful years in Welsh House and St. Giles St.

Rediscovered Dundee

Rediscovered Dundee

Author: Brian King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

With the opening of the V & A Museum of Design and redevelopment of the waterfront area, Dundee is a city looking confidently to the future but there is also an interesting past just waiting to be rediscovered. Rediscovered Dundee is an anthology of stories from that past. The story of any city is the story of its people and this book features accounts of some Dundonians whose names have been long absent from the history books - such as the boy who attempted a solo crossing of the Atlantic or the man who helped to change our way of death . It investigates some of the physical relics of the past which are still around us but whose stories have been forgotten over time, including the flag that flew at Culloden and the fountain that nobody wanted. There is also the truth about local myths have grown up and have been passed on down the years. Did a Dundee woman really tend to the dying Admiral Nelson and did the heir to the British throne secretly die near Broughty Ferry? With many tourists now visiting Dundee, initially drawn by the V&A, who then find that the city has much more to offer, this book also looks at other visitors through the years. Just as the modern city is being rediscovered perhaps it is time that Dundonians and visitors alike rediscover the city's hidden history.

First in the Fight 20 Women Who Made Manchester

First in the Fight 20 Women Who Made Manchester

Author: Helen Antrobus, Andrew Simcock Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Emmeline Pankhurst stands proudly in St Peter's Square, but she stands for so many more... From the women who marched to St Peter's Fields flying the flag for reform to the first entrepreneurs, the women of Greater Manchester have long stood shoulder to shoulder in the fight for equality and social change. For the centenary of some women being able to vote in 2018, the journey began for a statue to be erected, symbolising the incredible lives and achievements of Manchester's radical women. Glimpse at the lives of the twenty women who were long-listed in the campaign, who all made Manchester first in the fight for freedom, and feminism