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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!

Secret Frome

Secret Frome

Author: Andrew Pickering, Gary Kearley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2019

The town of Frome, in the heart of the ancient royal forest of Selwood that straddles the borders of Wiltshire and Somerset, was once renowned for its prosperous woollen cloth industry and is now noted as an emerging provincial centre for the arts and crafts. The town and its environs has a fascinating and little known history. Here we will discover stories of medieval kings and bishops, political intrigue and judicial murder, religious dissent and rebellion, battles and sieges. Here too we will find eminent philosophers, scientists, theologians, and witch-finders. As well as tales of witchcraft, the dark, forbidding, bandit-filled woods around Frome have spawned legends of spirits and demonic black dogs. Tales are still told of big cats - allegedly escapees from the Longleat estate on the edge of the town! In recent times UFOs, it is said, have filled the night-time skies above the prehistoric earthworks on Cley Hill. At nearby Rode a horrible act of infanticide in the mid-nineteenth century was investigated by a London detective, the man who became the model for the fictional detectives invented by Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan-Doyle. Daniel Defoe is just one of several great writers who visited and wrote about the town, and its artistic legacy includes the famous bronze statue of Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, on Westminster Bridge, cast by J.W. Singer & Sons of Frome. Fully illustrated throughout, this book investigates many of Frome's secrets and invites the reader to discover the lesser-known facts and enjoy the town's hidden history.

Wild Waves and Wishing Wells Irish Folk Tales for Children

Wild Waves and Wishing Wells Irish Folk Tales for Children

Author: Orla Mc Govern Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Who owned a great boat called 'The Wave Sweeper'? Who went seeking wisdom to Connla's Well? What was the secret of The White Trout? What gave the giant jellyfish its sting? What was the Fairy Ship of Roses? Here you will find the answers, as well as some traditional facts and modern musings. 'Wild Waves and Wishing Wells' is full of hidden story treasures, lost lore and watery whimsy, and is specially compiled for the enjoyment of 7-11-year-old readers. These stories of the waters of Ireland have been selected by writer and storyteller Orla Mc Govern, and illustrated by Gala Tomasso. Dive in for story adventures not to be missed.

Capel Cochineal and Stanley Sheep's School Project Stroud's String of Pearls

Capel Cochineal and Stanley Sheep's School Project Stroud's String of Pearls

Author: Tracy Spiers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

When school pupils Capel Cochineal and Stanley Sheep are asked by their teachers to produce a history project about their area, they soon realise that their families played vital roles in helping the town become famous. But it came at a price: Capel's relatives, immigrants from South America, were literally destined to dye - dried and crushed to provide the rich scarlet dye - whilst Stanley's woolly family lent their fleecy coats to make the world-renown broadcloth. Through their amusing, playful account, the two characters tell the story of Stroud's String of Pearls - the collective name for the 170 woollen mills which once roared with the sound of waterwheels, fulling stocks and spinning jennies. They re-enact history from medieval times when men walked on cloth in vats of urine; to the Industrial Revolution era of steam, coal, machinery and factory life; to modern life and how the mills are used today.

Waterford City A History

Waterford City A History

Author: Cian Manning Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

This book traces the development of Waterford City from its foundation by the Vikings to the present day. It looks at the social and economic history of the area, covering the significant events such as the marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, Catholic Emancipation, the Famine and the Pig Buyers Strike of the 1890s, as well as looking at some lesser-known episodes such as the creation of the cream cracker by Jacobs and the filming of Barry Lyndon. It also includes biographies of notable figures such as Peter Lombard, Philip Lond and Rosamund Jacob as well as the impressions of visitors to the city such as Frederick Douglas and William Makepeace Thackery.

Haunted Yorkshire

Haunted Yorkshire

Author: Nick Tyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Yorkshire is steeped in history and culture and it's little wonder that it has laid claim to some of the world's greatest ghost stories. Explore some of the strangest tales of ghosts, ghouls and demons and recount eyewitness reports in unedited form. Packed with eerie locations, folklore and local history, discover Yorkshire as you've never seen it before. Hear about Old Bess, who haunts the kitchens at Nostell Priory, or 'Are you there, Emily?', the ghostly voice of a man trapped in eternity, looking for his love. Venture into Eccleshall Woods and learn about the demonic Leshy that resides there, or be spooked by the Padfoot that wanders Fore Lane in Sowerby Bridge after dark. Does a ghost really haunt the Low Valley Arms and does the Green lady really wander the streets of Great Kelk?

GOLBORNE THEN & NOW

GOLBORNE THEN & NOW

Author: Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Golborne Then & Now

Bloody British History Portsmouth

Bloody British History Portsmouth

Author: John Sadden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

Bloody British History Portsmouth

The Story of Belfast

The Story of Belfast

Author: Liam Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The Story of Belfast

The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's 'Great Emigration' Revised and Updated Edition

The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's 'Great Emigration' Revised and Updated Edition

Author: Philip Payton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2019

In this fully revised and up-dated edition of The Cornish Overseas, Philip Payton draws upon almost two decades of additional research undertaken by historians the world over since the first paperback version of this book was published in 2005. Now published by University of Exeter Press, this edition of Philip Payton's classic history of Cornwall's `great emigration' takes account of numerous new sources to present a comprehensive, definitive picture of the Cornish diaspora. The Cornish Overseas begins by identifying some of the classic themes of Cornish emigration history, including Cornwall's `emigration culture' and `emigration trade', and goes on to sketch early Cornish settlement in North America and Australia. The book then examines in detail the upsurge in Cornish emigration after 1815, showing how Cornwall became swiftly one of the great emigration regions of Europe. Discoveries of silver, copper and gold drew Cornish miners to Latin America, while Cornish agriculturalists were attracted to the United States and Canada. The discoveries of copper in South Australia and in Michigan during the 1840s offered new destinations for the emigrant Cornish, as did the Californian gold rush in 1849 and the Victorian gold rush in Australia in 1851. The crash of copper-mining in Cornwall in 1866 sped further waves of emigrants to countries as disparate as New Zealand and South Africa. In each of these places the Cornish remained distinctive as `Cousin Jacks' and `Cousin Jennys', establishing their own communities and making important contributions to the social, political and economic development of the new worlds. By 1914, however, Cornwall was no longer the international centre of mining expertise, the mantle having passed to America, Australia and South Africa, and Cornish emigration had dwindled as a result. Nonetheless, the Cornish at home and abroad remained aware of their global transnational identity, an identity that has been revitalised in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's 'Great Emigration' Revised and Updated Edition

The Cornish Overseas: A History of Cornwall's 'Great Emigration' Revised and Updated Edition

Author: Philip Payton Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2019

In this fully revised and up-dated edition of The Cornish Overseas, Philip Payton draws upon almost two decades of additional research undertaken by historians the world over since the first paperback version of this book was published in 2005. Now published by University of Exeter Press, this edition of Philip Payton's classic history of Cornwall's `great emigration' takes account of numerous new sources to present a comprehensive, definitive picture of the Cornish diaspora. The Cornish Overseas begins by identifying some of the classic themes of Cornish emigration history, including Cornwall's `emigration culture' and `emigration trade', and goes on to sketch early Cornish settlement in North America and Australia. The book then examines in detail the upsurge in Cornish emigration after 1815, showing how Cornwall became swiftly one of the great emigration regions of Europe. Discoveries of silver, copper and gold drew Cornish miners to Latin America, while Cornish agriculturalists were attracted to the United States and Canada. The discoveries of copper in South Australia and in Michigan during the 1840s offered new destinations for the emigrant Cornish, as did the Californian gold rush in 1849 and the Victorian gold rush in Australia in 1851. The crash of copper-mining in Cornwall in 1866 sped further waves of emigrants to countries as disparate as New Zealand and South Africa. In each of these places the Cornish remained distinctive as `Cousin Jacks' and `Cousin Jennys', establishing their own communities and making important contributions to the social, political and economic development of the new worlds. By 1914, however, Cornwall was no longer the international centre of mining expertise, the mantle having passed to America, Australia and South Africa, and Cornish emigration had dwindled as a result. Nonetheless, the Cornish at home and abroad remained aware of their global transnational identity, an identity that has been revitalised in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Bloody British History Leicester

Bloody British History Leicester

Author: Leigh Waite Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Bloody British History

A History of Women's Lives in Oxford

A History of Women's Lives in Oxford

Author: Nell Darby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

Underneath the dreaming spires of Oxford's world-famous university, generations of women have lived their lives, fighting for the right to study there, and for a role within the city's educational, political and social spheres. Although a few of these women's names have been recorded for posterity, they have been largely because of their association with worthy or famous men; in this book, though, their own lives are detailed, along with those who have been largely omitted from history. Women's lives have always been less recorded than those of men; where a woman helped her husband with his business, this help may not have been formally recorded in the census returns, and the details of jobs recorded there might not reflect the full scale of women's work and responsibilities. So here, learn about the variety of work women undertook; their education, their social lives, and their attempts to carve out a valuable role for themselves. Learn too of the problems they faced in living their lives: poverty, prison, suicide, or even murder. This is no pretty picture of Oxford life designed for tourist brochures; instead, it aims to take a snapshot of the varied experiences of the city's female population over the course of a century.