Local History

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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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Steve R Salter is an expert on the history of Ashford and has put together another amazing collection of previously unpublished images showing how the town was in the 1960s.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 York’s Historic Pubs in our New Book

Pubs In & Around York   The history of York through its pubs…   York is one of England’s finest cities, famous for its long and colourful history, for its magnificent buildings – including the Minster, city walls and the Mansion House – and… for its pubs. Some of England’s most remarkable and unspoilt pubs can be found in York and the surrounding villages, with some dating back to the 17th century, and many to the 19th and early 20th centuries. Join historian Paul Chrystal [...]

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Discover Historic Views of the Lake District in this Rare Insight

The history of the Lake District is uncovered in this new book of rare photographs and images from Destinworld Publishing. The Lake District – A Rare Insight by Simon Reed features hundreds of images of the towns, villages and landscapes of the Lake District as seen in the early 20th century. It includes many of the famous lakes which make up the region – some of which are seen before they were enlarged to act as reservoirs. Taken from private collections [...]

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