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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 of the sun and the changing seasons. But Stonehenge was just one part of a remarkable ancient landscape. Hundreds of burial mounds clustered on the surrounding hilltops while smaller temples and other ceremonial sites were built nearby. Stonehenge and these other ancient structures form an archaeological landscape so rich that it is classified as a World Heritage Site.Stonehenge has inspired people to study and interpret it for centuries. Medieval writers suggested magic as an explanation of how it was created; early antiquarians like William Stukeley in the early 18th century guessed - wrongly- that the Druids had built it. Archaeology still provides the best hope of answering some of these fundamental questions about Stonehenge: how and when it was built who built it and perhaps most difficult of all why it was built But even with the evidence that archaeology and modern science provide not all these questions can be answered. Stonehenge will always keep some of its secrets.Published: December 2013

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Stonehenge: World Heritage Site Stockists

Stonehenge is one of Europe's most eminent prehistoric monuments a fact recognized in 1986 when the site and its surrounding landscape was inscribed on the World Heritage List. Since that time much effort has been given to improving the conservation management and presentation of Stonehenge and its environs. Research has also played an important role with several extensive surveys and selective excavations helping to improve understandings of the site and its setting.But how does all the archaeological work carried out over the last century or so fit together? And what should we do next?This volume sets out to provide an...

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Guidebook: Berwick Barracks and Fortifications Stockists

Just four kilometres south of the Scottish border Berwick-upon-Tweed is one of the finest surviving fortified towns in Britain. Standing at the mouth of the River Tweed it guarded the river crossing of the main route from London to Edinburgh its defences kept in readiness for war from medieval times until the 19th century.Repeatedly besieged raided and surrendered in 300 years of violent dispute between the Scots and the English it changed hands 13 times. The remains of its medieval castle high above the river its massive Elizabethan walls and bastions and the 18th century elegance of Ravensdown Barracks still dominate and...

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Railways and Rural Life Stockists

This beautiful photography book records the work of Sydney Walter Alfred Newton a commercial photographer who was based in Leicester in the late 19th and early 20th century. The young Newton recorded the London Extension of the Great Central Railway - the last main line - between Nottingham and London travelling the route with his camera. Significantly in addition to photographing the railway and its associated features Newton also recorded the navvy community and the rural life in the villages along the course of the line. Railway interest local history and social history intertwine to provide a unique picture of life...

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Guidebook: Wrest Park Stockists

Wrest Park is an exceptional rarity. Its grounds contain one of the few remaining formal gardens of the early 18th century and the house is a near unique example of English architecture following the style of 18th century French chateau.For over 600 years the estate was home to one of the leading aristocratic families in the country the de Greys. They rose to prominence under Edward IV who made Edmund Grey 1st Earl of Kent.More than 200 years later the formal gardens and Long Water were created by Amabel Benn together with her son Anthony the 11th earl and his wife Mary. Anthony’s son the Duke of Kent laid out what is...

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Cold War Stockists

The historical and cultural aspects of the Cold War have been much studied yet its physical manifestations in England its buildings and structures have remained largely unknown.To the great landscape historian WG Hoskins writing in the 1950;s they were profoundly alien: 'England of the & electric fence of the high barbed wire around some unmentionable devilment&. Barbaric England of the scientists the military men and the politicians'Now these survivors of the Cold War are in their turn disappearing fast like medieval monasteries and bastioned forts before them only with more limited scope for regeneration...

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Guidebook: Stonehenge. Italian Stockists

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...

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Aerofilms Stockists

The Aerofilms Collection embodies all that is exciting about aerial photography - including historic shots of well known British landmarks taken at exceptionally low altitudesProvides an unparalleled perspective on rapid changes to the social architectural and industrial fabric of Britain in the first half of the 20th centuryAerofilms was acquired for the nation in 2007 - many rare and fragile glass negatives and prints have been saved digitised and preserved after a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguingAerofilms Ltd was born on 9 May 1919. An unprecedented business venture it hoped to marry the still...

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Boston, Lincolnshire Stockists

This book examines the history of Boston in Lincolnshire as reflected in its buildings and townscape from medieval times to the present day.Boston has a position as an important market from medieval times and as a major port with links with Europe and America. The homes and warehouses of its citizens show the evidence of this.Boston’s religious and public buildings are discussed and its physical expansion throughout the 19th and into the 20th century are examined. Other important influences on the town’s development include fen drainage the role of agriculture and manufacturing and transport links. Bringing the...

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Guidebook: Carlisle Castle Stockists

Glowering over the city Carlisle Castle is built on the site of a Roman fort at a crucial location where roads to Scotland and across northern England meet. A military base for some 900 years it was the last castle to be besieged in England when the Duke of Cumberland overwhelmed Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite garrison there.This guidebook contains a beautifully illustrated tour and history complete with colour photographs plans reconstruction drawings and eyewitness accounts.Key Features:40 pagesPaperbackPublished in 2013

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Englands Motoring Heritage from the Air Stockists

The arrival of aerial photography came at a particularly significant moment in terms of the visual appearance of England. This selection of photographs makes use of the Aerofilms collection acquired by English Heritage in 2007 and subsequently digitised and made available on the Britain from Above website. When Aerofilms fliers first went up in the skies in 1919 they captured a country that with the obvious exception of some large scale structures such as aircraft hangers and munitions factories had more or less been preserved in aspic in 1914. What we are looking at in many of the earliest photographs in this book is essentially...

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