Churches, Houses, Castles

Author: Simon Jenkins

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141024127

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 1565


'A monumental achievement . . . ravishing' Thomas Lloyd, Country Life 'Richly detailed, beautifully illustrated, consistently alive to the virtues of the buildings it visits . . . Every lane travelled has an exquisite, often crumbling manor house or chapel . . . Simon Jenkins loves Wales, and this guidebook invites us to love it too' Adam Nicolson, Evening Standard 'The book is one sustained hymn to ravishing beauty, of both great and small buildings, some gorgeously rich, others entrancingly humble . . .There are his compelling descriptions of the great castles built by Edward I, the neo-medieval fantasies of the Marquess of Bute, parish churchyards romantically set on upland pasture, a medieval pilgrimage church . . . outstanding' Marcus Binney, The Times 'What sets Jenkins apart from previous writers is a lively sense of the wider and deeper historical context, and a rare empathy in bringing to life those who used these buildings of Wales . . . The stones of Wales have found their Ruskin' Hywel Williams, The Times Literary Supplement 'Jenkins has driven through a tangle of lanes and walked through seas of sock-soaking grass to capture the plumpest and rarest trophies for his game-bag . . . It is a pleasure for us to join him in an armchair tour' Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph 'It is impossible to open this book without wanting to dash for the valleys . . . the author has discovered an astonishing number of architectural jewels - nearly 260 of them . . . Individually, the descriptions are a joyful lucky dip; collectively, they're the best history of Wales you're likely to find on the shelves . . . Superb' Nicholas Crane, Countryfile

Tudor Wales

Full-Colour Guide to the Many Places in Wales Associated with This Famous Dynasty

Author: Nathen Amin

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445617919

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 7519


Full-colour guide to the many places in Wales associated with this famous dynasty

50 Gems of North Wales

The History & Heritage of the Most Iconic Places

Author: John Idris Jones

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445673290

Category: Photography

Page: 96

View: 3262


This beautifully photographed selection of fifty of the region's most precious assets shows what makes North Wales such a popular destination.

Border Crossings

Then and Now in the Welsh Marches

Author: Richard Dobson

Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing

ISBN: 1839751118

Category: Travel

Page: 447

View: 6333


When Richard Dobson toured the border county of Herefordshire in 2005, following in the footsteps of Victorian artist Henry Thornhill Timmins, he recorded the experience in his subsequent book In My Own Time. Join him in his latest tour as he describes, in their words, what earlier writers discovered as they travelled through the Welsh Marches, even before the word ‘tourism’ was first used.


Author: Matthew Pointon


ISBN: 0244343292


Page: N.A

View: 7779



The Cardiff Book of Days

Author: Mike Hall

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752485938

Category: Reference

Page: 368

View: 6340


Taking you through the year day by day, The Cardiff Book of Days contains a quirky, eccentric, amusing or important event or fact from different periods of history, many of which had a major impact on the religious and political history of Britain as a whole. Ideal for dipping into, this addictive little book will keep you entertained and informed. Featuring hundreds of snippets of information gleaned from the vaults of Cardiff’s archives, it will delight residents and visitors alike.

Icons of England

Author: Bill Bryson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409095665

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 6403


This celebration of the English countryside does not only focus on the rolling green landscapes and magnificent monuments that set England apart from the rest of the world. Many of the contributors bring their own special touch, presenting a refreshingly eclectic variety of personal icons, from pub signs to seaside piers, from cattle grids to canal boats, and from village cricket to nimbies. First published as a lavish colour coffeetable book, this new expanded paperback edition has double the original number of contributions from many celebrities including Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, Eric Clapton, Bryan Ferry, Sebastian Faulks, Kate Adie, Kevin Spacey, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Richard Mabey , Simon Jenkins, John Sergeant, Benjamin Zephaniah, Joan Bakewell, Antony Beevor, Libby Purves, Jonathan Dimbleby, and many more: and a new preface by HRH Prince Charles.

Welsh Castles

A Guide by Counties

Author: Adrian Pettifer

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157788

Category: Architecture

Page: 212

View: 7262


History of and gazetteer to all surviving Welsh castles - the majority 13c - arranged by county, with full OS details.

The Medieval Castle in England and Wales

A Political and Social History

Author: Norman J. G. Pounds

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521458283

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 1946


This original and pioneering book examines the role of the castle in the Norman conquest of England and in the subsequent administration of the country. The castle is seen primarily as an instrument of peaceful administration which rarely had a garrison and was more often where the sheriff kept his files and employed his secretariat. In most cases the military significance of the castle was minimal, and only a very few ever saw military action. For the first time, the medieval castle in England is seen in a new light which will attract the general reader of history and archaeology as much as the specialist in economic and social history.