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York – A Flooded City

York is famous for its floods. Whenever it happens, TV news channels cover the dramatic and destructive effects of the rivers Ouse and Foss as they spill into the streets and buildings. According to York – A Rare Insight, unwise and reckless development by Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and everyone that followed them right up to the 21st Century has meant that the streets and buildings of York have regularly been subject to flooding. The Evelyn Collection, which is featured in this [...]

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Looking Back at the Old City of York through the Evelyn Collection

York was privileged to be one of the earliest cities in the world to be photographed, thanks, in part, to it being the birthplace of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1831. Photography was one of those areas of science on the cusp of development and progress. Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson took what are probably the earliest photographs of York while attending a meeting of the association in October 1844. William Arthur Evelyn arrived in York in [...]

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14 York Pubs You Should Not Miss

York is famous for many things. It’s Minster’s towers are visible from all around, and its Viking past can be explored at the Jorvik Viking Centre. The city walls and many buildings tell of the city’s medieval past, while the timber-framed buildings along The Shambles date to the 14th century. Throughout York there are many historic pubs and hostelries. The city has become well known for them, and the culture of real ale has only helped that. In his new book Pubs [...]

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15 Great Lost Middlesbrough Buildings

Central Middlesbrough has changed so much over the past century. In his new book, Middlesbrough 1920-2020: A Century of Change, author Araf Chohan has uncovered hundreds of photographs which show these changes. For many, the main landmarks of Middlesbrough have been the buildings which define the town and life there. Perhaps most famous is the iconic Transporter Bridge. Sadly many of these landmark buildings have been lost over the years. Who remembers these?   The Royal Exchange One of Middlesbrough’s most lamented buildings. The Victorian [...]

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Scenes of Ashford in the 1960s

Ashford in Kent was once very different place to the town we see today. Local author Steve R Salter is an expert on the history of Ashford and has put together another amazing collection of previously unpublished images showing how the town was in the 1960s. Ashford Scenes of the Sixties is available to order now, and is sure to delight anyone who remembers Ashford in the old days. Many of the pictures show a time that is still in living [...]

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Nostalgic photos give a fascinating look at Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough

Linthorpe Road is one of Middlesbrough’s main thoroughfares. Today it is part-pedestrianised, part-commercial and part-residential. Ever since the relatively new town of Middlesbrough (it was founded in 1830) started spreading southwards across the railway from the original township at St Hilda’s, Linthorpe Road became one of the main routes. It led, as the name suggests, to the village of Linthorpe a mile or two south of Middlesbrough. Today Linthorpe is wholly part of Middlesbrough, which has spread even further south into [...]

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Discover the Roman Legacy in the North of England

Out now is a new book from Destinworld Publishing and Roman expect Paul Chrystal, entitled The Romans in the North of England. Covering the entire area, from Buxton and Lincolnshire in the south to Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall in the north; from Brough in the east to Chester in the west, this is a comprehensive and interesting read and guide to the key sites chosen by the Romans for settlement, defence and trade. With useful maps, each chapter of the book [...]

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10 Places Where You Can See London’s Old Buildings Today

Old London is not that hard to find if you know where to look. Amongst the modern glass skyscrapers and buildings, there are signs of the past and some of the city’s most important monuments still standing strong. Here are ten examples of where you can see London’s old buildings today.   1 City of London Churches The original heart of London is the area now centring on the financial district, with modern glass skyscrapers one every corner. Yet look a little closer [...]

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Discover the Hidden Gem Pubs of the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales are known for their outstanding scenery and relaxing pace of life. Thousands visit the area every year for a holiday or day out marvelling at the incredible views, scenic villages and towns, and enjoying the best that Britain has to offer. An important part of the region is the traditional and enjoyable pubs that can be found in most of the villages you’ll come across. In his new book, Yorkshire historian and pub fan Paul Chrystal has uncovered the [...]

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The 10 Best Pubs in York

York is an amazing city for drinking. Its public houses ooze character, and local breweries turn out some tasty real ales. In this guide, local author and historian Paul Chrystal presents what he considers to be the 10 best pubs in York. All that remains to be said is: Cheers!   1 The Maltings Tanner’s Moat Tanner’s Moat, York YO1 6HU 01904 655387 www.maltings.co.uk This excellent pub was originally called the Railway Tavern (because it was near York’s two railway stations), and later The Lendal [...]

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