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ISBN: 9780857042347
AUTHOR: Robin Jones
Lighthouses of the North East Coast
Lighthouses of the North East Coast
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The coast of the North East has been described as one of the most dangerous in the British Isles.

The North Sea had for centuries provided a vital line of communication between Scotland and England, not only for trade but also for the conveyance of passengers, and shipwrecks had been by and large taken as par for the course. However, with the upsurge in cargoes being carried from the ports of the North East, there was a corresponding rise in the number of wrecks, leading to increasingly vitriolic demands for action to be taken, in the form of better navigational aids.

At one stage it was said that there were an average of 44 wrecks per mile on this coast.

The Newcastle Trinity House received its first royal charter in 1536 and it eventually took responsibility from Berwick-upon-Tweed in the north to Whitby in the south. It established buoys and beacons, licensed shipmasters, mates and pilots, advised and carried out improvements to rivers and ports. In 1584, the Lord High Admiral issued a proclamation empowering Hull Trinity House also to establish buoys and beacons, and to collect dues for their maintenance. The modern era of lighthouse building began at the start of the eighteenth century. In the wake of the Industrial Revolution bigger ships carried payloads that mariners would at one time have barely dreamed possible. Advances in structural engineering and new and efficient lighting equipment paved the way for bigger and more powerful lighthouses to be built, including ones that could stand everything the sea could throw at them.

Today, improvements in maritime navigation and GPS have all helped to make lighthouses redundant. But the public love lighthouses. They are popular with photographers, painters and even poets, and the whole of Britain and way beyond was inspired by keeper’s daughter Grace Darling who defied tempestuous seas to rescue survivors from an 1838 shipwreck in the Farne Islands.

Britain is a great seafaring nation, and lighthouses are an essential part of its proud national tradition and heritage, on its picturesque yet savage North East coast, more than anywhere. These magnificent structures, from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Whitgift, are celebrated in this fascinating book by Robin Jones, with a hugely informative text and a stunning collection of historic and contemporary images.

Robin Jones graduated in English from Birmingham City University and is a former news editor at the Birmingham Evening Mail who established Heritage Railway magazine in 1999.

A resident of Baston in Lincolnshire, he spends much of his time exploring and photographing the coast with his wife Jenny. His previous books for Halsgrove include Lighthouses of the South West, Lighthouses of the East Coast, Shakespeare’s Warwickshire, Steam’s New Dawn, Spirit of Padstow and Britain’s Bizarre Railways.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 234 7, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published October 2014.

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A host of hidden locations is revealed by Robin Jones in these pages. Many can be reached by car; others are accessible only on foot, with walks of a mile or less, but in each case, the end result really is worth the effort if you are looking for something truly different.
Lighthouses of the East CoastLighthouses of the East Coast - £16.99
From Trent Falls on the Humber to the Thames Estuary and London’s East End, Robin Jones produces a definitive guide to the lighthouses and primary lightships of the coast of Lincolnshire and East Anglia and the amazing stories behind them. Heavily illustrated, it is a fascinating book which can be enjoyed on the ground – or in the comfort of the armchair!
The Dawn of SteamThe Dawn of Steam - £4.99
Through more than 60 colour images, this conveniently pocket-sized book by Robin Jones looks not only at Britain’s rich heritage of locomotives that have survived from the dawn of steam, but the many replicas made in modern times to ‘fill in’ the historical gaps, and where to see them today.
RailmotorRailmotor - £16.99
Robin Jones tells the truly astonishing story of the re-birth of Great Western Railway steam railmotor No. 93 - 'the missing link', restored to a gleaming example of Edwardian magnificence. Backed by a wealth of both archive and modern-day pictures, this unique and ground-breaking book reshapes the way we look at the history of passenger rail transport.
Lighthouses of the South WestLighthouses of the South West - £14.99
This book is a definitive tour by Robin Jones of the lighthouses ancient and modern along the coast from Avonmouth around Land’s End to Swanage and, for completeness, includes lightships and also the major daymarks. Heavily illustrated, it is a fascinating guide which can be enjoyed on the ground – or in the comfort of the armchair!
Spirit of British TramsSpirit of British Trams - £4.99
Expert Robin Jones re-tells the fascinating story of Britain’s trams. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text streatching from the early days of the 1860's through the heyday of the Edwardian era to modern plans for congestion relieving light rail schemes, Spirit of British Trams is the ideal brief guide.
George & Robert StephensonGeorge & Robert Stephenson - £4.99
Railway specialist Robin Jones re-tells the story of the Stephensons – who rose from the humblest of beginnings to dominate the engineering landscape and to become true heroes of Victorian Britain.
Spirit of Narrow Gauge SteamSpirit of Narrow Gauge Steam - £4.99
Robin Jones looks at the finest of Britain’s narrow gauge steam today. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text, Spirit of Narrow Gauge Steam is the ideal brief guide, in Halsgrove’s new collectible, pocket-size format.
Britain's Bizarre RailwaysBritain's Bizarre Railways - £16.99
Robin Jones, founding editor of Heritage Railway magazine makes a welcome return with a book which opens many new doors into the understanding and appreciation of the concept of railways – however insane!
Electric TrainsElectric Trains - £4.99
Expert Robin Jones traces the history of electric traction in Britain, from these pioneering early days, through nostalgic underground trains and the “Brighton Belle”, right up to Eurostar and the Pendolino in the twenty-first century, when a large proportion of the national rail network is electrified.
Victorian SteamVictorian Steam - £4.99
Expert Robin Jones looks at the engines that made Victorian Britain’s railways the envy of the world. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text, Victorian Steam is the ideal brief guide, in Halsgrove’s collectible, pocket-size format.
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In Halsgrove’s pocket-sized hardback series of great lives, renowned railway specialist Robin Jones re-tells the inspiring story of Brunel, engineer extraordinaire.
Shakespeare Country: WarwickshireShakespeare Country: Warwickshire - £14.99
Through more than 200 colour illustrations and a lively and informative text, Robin Jones provides the ideal guide to this much visited yet little known glory of England.
Spirit of PadstowSpirit of Padstow - £4.99
Robin Jones has been visiting Padstow for a third of a century, and yet still manages to discover something new and magical each time, as he reveals in this selection of more than 60 beautifully crafted images which sum up the true spirit of Padstow.
Web Price: £16.99
19.69 EUR 21.24 USD 27.83 AUD

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