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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.
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.
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.
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 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
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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