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ISBN: 9780857041067
AUTHOR: Rodney Legg
Legg Over Dorset
Legg Over Dorset
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Prolific is the word that applies, to someone with 125 books to his name - mostly about Dorset and in-depth history ranging from the Romans to the Second World War - though Bournemouth born Rodney Legg prefers to call it ‘six feet of books’. That’s the shelf-space they occupy.

It is a life that also has had its own themes. Feral childhood turned to teenage protest. A journalist from the age of 16, he was the founder editor, in 1968, of the magazine that continues as Dorset Life. A love affair with the ghost village of Tyneham secured unprecedented public access to a live-firing range.

For a quarter of a century he wardened Steep Holm island in the Bristol Channel as a nature reserve memorial to his broadcasting friend Kenneth Allsop. With international author John Fowles he published the 300-year-old archaeological notes of 17th-century antiquary John Aubrey.

His pride and joy are his couple of cats. And the appearance of what now totals 62 letters (together with five ‘lives remembered’) in The Times: ‘Enough to fill four pages!’

Legg’s resentment against old attitudes in the National Trust turned into 20 years as a subversive insider who opened Max Gate and Fort Henry in Dorset to an admiring public and secured numerous lasting reforms. During this time, in pauses from the continuous motion of Dorset and Somerset countryside walks, he specialised in finding and researching an esoteric range of antiquities and bric-a-brac. His collection of Celtic heads is destined for the British Museum.

Often in trouble, never afraid to voice a difficult opinion, always crusading for a just cause, this revealing autobiography covers the lows and highs of a figure who – admired or otherwise – has become a much-loved Dorset institution.

Rodney Legg was born in Bournemouth of solid Dorset stock and has emerged as a hugely prolific publisher, author and journalist particularly on country and walking themes and concerning the history of Dorset.

He also edited both Dorset – The Country Magazine and Purbeck and Poole Magazine. Nationally he is still active in the environmental movement having been chairman of the Open Spaces Society since 1989 and a member of the ruling council of the National Trust from 1990 to 2009.

‘Rodney Legg, arch-scourge (then and now) of politicians, government, the military and the Establishment in general’ - editor Fanny Charles

‘A cross between a feral man of the wild and an advertising whiz kid (the former image, perhaps, being an example of the latter gift)’ - essayist Paula Weidegar

‘A one-man Dorset cultural institution’ - feature writer Patrick Wright

‘That scurrilous ragmonger’ - businessman Jeremy Pope

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 106 7, hardback 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published August 2011.

A Boot Up the CotswoldsA Boot Up the Cotswolds - £4.99
Direction, distance and terrain are described in detail for a series of ten circular walks by Rodney Legg. They are graded for the degree of difficulty, so you know what you are letting yourself in for, and numerous refreshment points provide ample opportunity for pit-stops.They are designed to suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the Cotswolds.
Thomas Hardy's DorsetThomas Hardy's Dorset - £14.99
Well illustrated, this book is complete with a gazetteer of Hardy's fictional sites and their real equivalents, making it an ideal guide to the Dorset landscape of Thomas Hardy's life and literature. By Rodney Legg, the doyen of contemporary Dorset authors
A Boot Up Mid DorsetA Boot Up Mid Dorset - £4.99
These ten circular walks from Rodney Legg, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of Mid Dorset– its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery the area has to offer.
A Boot Up the Blackmore ValeA Boot Up the Blackmore Vale - £4.99
Doyen of Dorset walkers Rodney Legg has chosen ten of his favourite walks in the area, ranging around Stour Provost and Fifehead Magdalen, Marnhull and Hinton St Mary, Lydlinch and Stock Gaylard, Fifehead Neville and Plumber Manor, Sturminster Newton and Cutt Mill, Fiddleford and Hammoon, Okeford Fitzpaine and Shillingstone, Habledon and Hod, Hazelbury Bryan and Mappowder, Bulbarrow and Woolland.
Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill - £4.99
This pocket-sized, hardback biography by Rodney Legg provides the ideal introduction in words and pictures to Churchill, his life and the places where his remarkable spirit can be felt even today.
The Jurassic CoastThe Jurassic Coast - £12.99
Nowhere else can boast the qualities of this scenic coast, which are listed here by Rodney Legg in gazetteer format from west to east. Map references are given for recommended parking places and to the more obscure places of interest. This book will be the essential guide for anyone wanting to know where to go, what to see, what to do – in one of the newest World Heritage Sites
A Boot Up BathA Boot Up Bath - £4.99
This small-format guidebook by the doyen of Somerset walking, Rodney Legg, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to Bath and its hinterland.
A Boot Up BristolA Boot Up Bristol - £4.99
Ten selected walks by Rodney Legg, each in a circuit of five to nine miles, tackle varying terrain and suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk. They also explore the city’s setting, just beyond the urban sprawl, where you can escape into a very different world.
Bournemouth in the Good Old DaysBournemouth in the Good Old Days - £19.99
Born in Bournemouth, as was his father a century ago, Dorset historian Rodney Legg is ideally placed to return to his roots to present memories of the town. Focussing on the Bournemouth’s Edwardian heyday that faded away with the Great War, they carry on through the devastation of Second World War bombing to the era of postwar austerity and change.
Discovering Lost DorsetDiscovering Lost Dorset - £19.99
Long before he started the predecessor of Dorset Life magazine, in 1968, author and editor Rodney Legg was hoarding the photographs of family and friends as well as taking his own pictures. This selection of 400 key shots concentrates without apology on the nostalgic. Mostly they are previously unpublished. Faces abound and many people will see themselves or their forbears.
Stonehenge & AveburyStonehenge & Avebury - £7.99
Designed as a gazetteer, this beautifully illustrated volume bt Rodney Legg explores the two sectors of Britain’s earliest World Heritage Site: Avebury and Stonehenge. They were given the international accolade in 1986. This book provides a brief history of each individual monument and reveals how work has begun to restore the remarkable landscape that is home to these national treasures, in the dual care of English Heritage and the National Trust. Efforts continue to undo much of the damage done over many generations by farming, road building and general exploitation.
A Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic CoastA Boot Up Dorset's Jurassic Coast - £4.99
Rodney Legg provides all the answers in ten walks, packed with colour photographs, along Dorset’s uniqueWorld-Heritage Jurassic Coast. In hardback, small enough to slip into the pocket, colourful enough to keep as a souvenir, the Boot Up Guide will be the indispensable bench-mark for the twenty-first century.
A Boot Up Hadrian's WallA Boot Up Hadrian's Wall - £4.99
Ten circular walks are featured in this pocket-sized book by Rodney Legg, each maximising feet-on and visual experiences both of archaeology and the landscape. They vary in length from 3 to 8 miles and are aimed particularly at families and groups of friends out to enjoy the incomparable World Heritage Site.
A Boot Up the New ForestA Boot Up the New Forest - £4.99
Halsgrove’s pocket-format guidebook, containing maps, photographs and useful information will ensure a great walking experience in the company of prolific author Rodney Legg. Packed with colour, the book is an ideal reminder of a visit to the New Forest.
A Boot Up The MendipsA Boot Up The Mendips - £4.99
One thousand-feet high, the Mendip Hills rise between the Somerset Levels and Bristol’s countryside. These ten walks selected by Rodney Legg, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area.
A Boot Up Salisbury PlainA Boot Up Salisbury Plain - £4.99
Rodney Legg's ten selected walks, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area – its people, its history, and its working landscape and will help first time visitors to experience some of the great scenery Salisbury Plain has to offer. Many of the walks feature a pub along the route.
A Boot Up Devon's Jurassic CoastA Boot Up Devon's Jurassic Coast - £4.99
Rodney Legg, perhaps the most renowned walker and guide of his generation in this area leads ten circular walks covering the Devon section of this World Heritage coast.
A Boot Up PurbeckA Boot Up Purbeck - £4.99
The ten circular walks by Rodney Legg, ranging from 3 to 8 miles, suit the needs of families, groups of friends or individuals looking for a gentle stroll or a longer walk, and reflect the many varied facets of the area
The Book of Bridport (pdf e-book)The Book of Bridport (pdf e-book) - £24.99
Rodney Legg returns to Bridport in characteristic style to produce the liveliest of looks at the town, harbour and adjoining villages, past and present.
Bournemouth in the Good Old Days (pdf e-book)Bournemouth in the Good Old Days (pdf e-book) - £24.99
Renowned Dorset historian Rodney Legg returns to his roots in a celebration of a much-loved seaside town that is so more than just a genteel resort: it is a strong community forged by a century of tumultuous change.
Dorset Sporting RunsDorset Sporting Runs - £19.95
Huntsmen writing on hunting through the best of hunting country. Drawing on original and exhilarating accounts, Rodney Legg presents a fascinating panorama of a Dorset which remained largely unaltered well into the twentieth century.
Dorset AmericaDorset America - £19.99
The nineteenth century was the British century. The twentieth century was the American century. From clashes through to collusion the two nations remains linked by common roots and what has become the world language. All British counties, each state of the Union, and every Canadian province share intimate links. As Rodney Legg reveals for reasons geographical, military and political, Dorset can claim as many as any....
Bournemouth Then Meets NowBournemouth Then Meets Now - £14.99
Old views are contrasted with the same spot as it looks today.There are also complementary extracts and old maps plus cameo illustrations of incidental features from the settings both then and now. All presented by the doyen of local historians, Rodney Legg.
 
 
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