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Raises awareness of the wide range and varied character of the historic landscape and buildings of Alston Moor - Highlights the bastle - a rare and unique northern upland building - Part of the critically acclaimed Informed Conservation series. Alston Moor is a large rural parish in Cumbria which historically both depended upon and provided important services for the agricultural and mineral industries of the North Pennines. Much of the area's settlement is dispersed among hamlets and single farmsteads. Isolated from major northern cities such as Carlisle and Newcastle by the surrounding hills and moors the parish's wild upland landscape provides a conditioning influence on a distinctive tradition of vernacular building types ranging from the bastle to its later 18th- and 19th-century derivatives and 'mine shops' providing lodgings for miners close to their place of work. Found across the parish and with urban variants present in Alston itself these buildings have in common first-floor living accommodation whilst the ground floor is used for cow byres in more rural areas and for general storage workshops and shops in urban and industrial contexts. This development of the bastle a fortified house type found on both sides of the Anglo-Scottish border is nationally significant yet remains under-examined at the level of architectural and historical synthesis.This publication presents an informed account of Alston Moor's vernacular buildings from their earliest survival onwards and sets them within their regional and national context. It explores how houses of various types combine with a rich legacy of public and industrial buildings to create places of distinctive character. It takes a whole-landscape view of the area relating its buildings and settlements to the wider patterns of landscape evolution resulting from agricultural and industrial activity and the development of communications.About the AuthorsLucy Jessop is an Investigator at English HeritageMatthew Whitfield is an Investigator at English HeritageAndrew Davison is Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments at English HeritageContentsAgrarian Alston Moor 1130-1770The transformation of Alston Moor 1770-1882Decline and diversification 1882-1949Regeneration and conservation 1950 to the presentExtent: 148pp Illustrations: 115 illustrations Pub Date:15th July 2013

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Guidebook: Mount Grace Priory

Mount Grace Priory is the best preserved of the ten Carthusian monasteries...

Mount Grace Priory is the best preserved of the ten Carthusian monasteries in England. Founded in 1398 by Thomas de Holand Duke of Surrey and nephew of Richard II and refounded in 1415 by Thomas Beaufort Earl of Dorset and later Duke of Exeter it was the last monastery established in Yorkshire before the Reformation an expression of the fashion for piety and strict living that followed the Black Death. Unlike other monks who lived communally the Carthusians lived as hermits. They worked meditated and said daily offices in solitude in their own cells encountering each other in church only for daily Matins and Vespers and less frequently at the convent mass.The priory was closed in 1539 at the Suppression of monasteries its monks pensioned and most of its building dismantled. In the 17th century the north guest house was converted into a comfortable residence. At the end of the 19th century the industrialist...


 
 

The Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co

A hugely important collection of images of the built environment in England...

A hugely important collection of images of the built environment in England from 1870 until the 2nd World WarExplores the collection's social significance and the evolving role of commercial photographyContains beautifully produced photographs of exceptionally high qualityBedford Lemere & Co was the pre-eminent English firm of architectural photographers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking photographs at a time of extraordinary change and unparalleled optimism its customers were leading architects designers industrialists estate agents hoteliers and retailers. Over the years Bedford Lemere & Co. photographed country houses factories hospitals shops banks railway stations cruise liners and during the First World War armaments manufacture. Its work centred on London but it received commissions throughout the British Isles and occasionally from abroad. The firm's work...


 
 

York Minster

York Minster is one of England's greatest Gothic Buildings and the...

York Minster is one of England's greatest Gothic Buildings and the repository for the largest single collection of medieval stained glass in Britain most of which remains in situ. This cathedral of the northern province which every year attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors was built over a period of more than 300 years.This book charts the construction of the Minster as we see it today and traces its development which was by no means smooth and uninterrupted. Progress was checked by financial constraint Scottish wars the effects of plague political upheaval structural crisis local rebellion and sometimes the indifference of the archbishop and Minister clergy. For many years at a time the liturgy for the Minster was performed against a backdrop of scaffolding and half-built masonry.The analysis of the Minster in this book is based on the architectural recording of the building begun in the...


 
 

Guidebook: Grimes Graves

Grime’s Graves were the first Neolithic flint mines to be recognised...

Grime’s Graves were the first Neolithic flint mines to be recognised as such in England. The shallow depressions – over 400 in all – that created such a mysterious lunar-like landscape represent the infilled shafts and pits of these mines which were dug about 5000 years ago. Here prehistoric miners dug deep beneath the ground to extract the fine quality jet-black flint from which they fashioned tools weapons and ceremonial objects. Visitors today can descend one of the shafts to see the radiating galleries in which the miners worked.This guidebook provides a tour of this extraordinary site and explains the history of the mines and the uses of flint from the Neolithic Age to the present day.Key Features:36 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2015


 
 

Guidebook: Battle Abbey and Battlefield

The Battle of Hastings 14th October 1066 was the most famous battle fought...

The Battle of Hastings 14th October 1066 was the most famous battle fought on English soil and its consequences are still felt after nearly 1000 years. William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey on the exact place where King Harold died and it thrived as a Benedictine abbey for over 400 years. This guide includes a tour of the battlefield and the imposing abbey buildings and a history of the site illustrated with full-colour maps reconstruction drawings and historical images.Key Features:48 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2007


 
 

Guidebook: Berry Pomeroy Castle

The most romantic and reputedly the most haunted castle in Devon this Berry...

The most romantic and reputedly the most haunted castle in Devon this Berry Pomeroy Castle Guidebook is beautifully illustrated and written by leading English Heritage experts.The dramatic ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle stand amid deep woods on a spur above Devon's Gatcombe valley. Its romantic atmosphere fostered tales of hauntings but in reality it was once filled with life by great households. During the War of the Roses the Pomeroy family sought security from violent feuds by building the castle within their deer park. In the 16th century the uncle of Edward VI Lord Protector Somerset bought the castle. He was executed for treason soon afterwards but his Seymour descendants went on to build within the medieval walls the Elizabethan mansion much of which remains. They later added the magnificent north wing and its now-vanished long gallery among the biggest every built in England. This guidebook...


 
 

St Pauls Cathedral Before Wren

St Paul’s Cathedral is the City of London’s most important...

St Paul’s Cathedral is the City of London’s most important monument and historic building. But Wren’s great work is only the most recent of a succession of Anglo-Saxon and medieval cathedrals on the site where Christianity was first established in AD 604.This report is the first ever comprehensive account of the archaeology and history of the cathedral and its churchyard from Roman times up to the construction of the Wren building which began in 1675. Archaeological excavations and observations go back to the time of Wren. The Anglo-Saxon cathedral is an enigma and even its precise site somewhere in the churchyard is not known for certain. The medieval cathedral was probably the largest building in medieval Britain and one of the largest in Europe with its 400ft-spire and a rose window to rival those we now see at Notre Dame in Paris. Recent excavations in and around the Wren building...


 
 

Guidebook: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth Hall is an outstanding example of a Victorian country house....

Brodsworth Hall is an outstanding example of a Victorian country house. Built and furnished between 1861 and 1863 by Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson the house has survived with most of its original contents and was given to English Heritage in 1990.Since then it has undergone a comprehensive conservation programme before opening to the public for the first time in 1995. This souvenir guide contains a full tour of the house from the opulent interiors of the family rooms to the solidly practical servants' wing together with the delightful gardens. It includes a history of the Thellusson and Grant-Dalton families illustrated by numerous photographs from the family albums.Key Features:48 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2014


 
 

Ration Book Cookery

Britain was at its most healthy during the days of rationing as people...

Britain was at its most healthy during the days of rationing as people were forced to think about everything they put in their mouths. This new book in the Cooking Through the Ages series looks at the history behind rationing and its impact on the British population. Many of the recipes of the time reproduced here showed incredible ingenuity in creating a well-balanced and nutritious meal out of very few ingredients. With shortages of pretty much everything this concise history describes how Britain coped with rationing and the lessons they learnt.Key Features:96 pagesHardbackPublished in 2005


 
 

Guidebook: Stonehenge. Italian

Today visitors experience Stonehenge as a wonder of ancient achievement...

Today visitors experience Stonehenge as a wonder of ancient achievement and an enduring symbol of mystery. But Stonehenge was built as a temple - a place of ceremony of burial and of celebration. The first Stonehenge was simple - just a circular ditch and bank perhaps with a few small upright timber posts or stones - and was constructed about 5000 years ago in the period of prehistory known as the Neolithic or New Stone Age.By about 2500 BC more and much larger stones had been brought to the site huge sarsen stones from north Wiltshire and smaller bluestones from west Wales. This marked the beginning of over 800 years of construction and alteration stretching into the period known as the Bronze Age when the first metal tools and weapons were made. By this time Stonehenge was the greatest temple in Britain its banks ditches and standing stones arranged in sophisticated alignments to mark the passage...


 
 

Radiocarbon Dates: 2002 - 2004

This volume holds a datelist of 476 radiocarbon determinations carried...

This volume holds a datelist of 476 radiocarbon determinations carried out between 2002 and 2004 in support of research funded by English heritage through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. It contains supporting information about the samples and the sites producing them a comprehensive bibliography and two indexes for reference and analysis. An introduction provides information about the scientific dating undertaken and methods used for the analyses reported. Details of technical reports available for programmes of luminescence dating and amino-acid racemization funded under this scheme are also provided. The datelist has been collated from information provided by the submitters of samples and the dating laboratories in order to provide easy access to raw scientific and contextual data which may be used in further research. Many of the sites and projects from which dates have been obtained are...


 
 

John Madin

John Madin was the indisputable master of post-war architecture in Birmingham....

John Madin was the indisputable master of post-war architecture in Birmingham. The work of Madin and his associates had a profound influence on the reshaping of the city after the war producing some of the most iconic buildings of that period such as the Birmingham City Library the Chamber of Commerce and the Post and Mail Building.Trained in the modernist style but too much of a craftsman to abandon decoration entirely his work is characterised by attention to detail a preference for natural materials and a desire for decoration and art in his buildings.Many have characterised Madin as a commercial architect but as the author argues there was another side to his work. His conservationist approach to the development plan for the Calthorpe Estate his workman-like master-planning of Dawley Telford and Corby new towns his public service commissions and his design and layout of housing schemes that are...


 
 

Guidebook: Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle

The castles of Pendennis and St Mawes were built by King Henry VIII. They...

The castles of Pendennis and St Mawes were built by King Henry VIII. They were part of a chain of coastal forts created when Spain and France threatened to invade England in the 16th century. For more than 400 years Pendennis Castle played a vital role in the defence of Cornwall seeing action during the Civil War in the 17th century and then again in the Second World War.On the other side of the Fal estuary elegant St Mawes Castle is the most perfect and ornate survivor of all King Henry VIII’s forts.This beautifully illustrated guidebook provides a full tour and history to both remarkable sites.Key Features:48 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2016


 
 

The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley & Austin

One of England's greatest Victorian architectural practices was based...

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A History of Aerial Photography and Archaeology

'This book was inspired by a centenary marking the first aerial photographs...

'This book was inspired by a centenary marking the first aerial photographs of an archaeological monument in Britain. Those photographs are inevitably of Stonehenge.How a single balloon flight and the resulting photographs fit into the context of the history of aerial photography is revealed in this fascinating new book.The main emphasis is on how aerial photography came to be such an important tool for archaeologists over the last 100 years. However the beginnings and development of aerial photography within military and civilian contexts are explored in depth especially the contribution of pioneering aeronauts and aviators such as Samuel Cody who designed man-lifting kites and J L B Templer who was crucial to the development of military ballooning.During the First World War the true potential of aerial photography as a reconnaissance technique was realised. The Second World War saw even greater...





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