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ISBN: 9780857043191
AUTHOR: Dr David Parker
Early Victorian Devon 1830-1860
Early Victorian Devon 1830-1860
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Early Victorian Devon examines the tumultuous early decades of young Victoria’s reign when the country was on the threshold of the modern world and besieged with radical new ideas and emerging technologies. It uses numerous contemporary prints to illustrate its stories.

The book describes Devon’s great estates and their glittering receptions, liveried servants, and deferential tenants, and also the unrest across the county bred of poverty and hunger, and social and political inequality.

Reverberating across Devon were the national controversies over the problems of the poor, mass education, and the franchise, and the equally contentious Acts of Parliament that sought solutions.

And technology was changing the world. Horse power was being overtaken by steam power, and the steel rails gouging their way across Devon were transforming countless lives.

And the steam boats, telegraph and newspapers were bringing back horrifying stories of the Crimean War and Indian Mutiny in which so many Devon men served.

This remarkable book is a riveting history and visual feast, offering fresh insights into the story of Devon and its people.

Dr David Parker was a headteacher and then UK and European Masters Programme Director in the University of Plymouth’s Faculty of Arts & Education. He has written several books and many articles on educational and local history. His The People of Devon in the First World War was awarded Devon History Society’s W. G. Hoskins Prize for 2013. He has contributed to BBC TV and Radio Devon programmes on World War One themes, and given many talks to local societies. David Parker and his wife live in Exeter and have two grown up children.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 319 1, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2017.

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Diary of A Devon AntiquaryDiary of A Devon Antiquary - £34.99
The text for this magnificent work by Jeremy Butler is based on Peter Orlando Hutchinson’s five volume diary now held in the Devon Record Office, supplemented here and there with extracts from letters and other manuscript sources. The illustrations come from six volumes of sketchbooks, also held in the DRO.
Devon EpitaphsDevon Epitaphs - £9.99
Devon Epitaphs by Michael Weller is an anthology collected from headstones and memorial plaques recorded in the county’s graveyards and churches. Epitaphs range from hyperbole extolling the attributes of the deceased, individually composed, to more poignant lines describing the virtues of those who suffered long, and date from the seventeenth century to the first half of the twentieth.
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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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The Illustrated Journals of Rev John Swete (1789-1800). The diaries of John Swete are among the greatest treasures of Devon's literary heritage, combining the author's detailed descriptions of his journeys through the county in an age before the great changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. Edited by Todd Gray & Margery Rowe.
Web Price: £24.99
28.96 EUR 31.24 USD 40.93 AUD

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