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ISBN: 9780857043238
AUTHOR: Andrew Beardmore
Cheshire Unusual & Quirky
Cheshire Unusual & Quirky
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Cheshire is a county of great geographical contrast from the Pennines to the Plains, while its history is glorious, from hugely important Roman Chester in the west to the crucible of the Industrial Revolution in the east.

However, lurking not far beneath the surface is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing. Therefore even the Conventional Cheshire section in this book is interspersed with idiosyncratic “Quirk Alerts” such as anecdotes about which Cheshire knight fought the Spanish Armada, aged 89, and which Cheshire Royalist was beaten to death with his own wooden leg in 1649.

Alternatively, read about the object in Macclesfield that is just plain wrong, or be amazed by the exploits of the fiddling, stilt-walking 18th century Cheshire dramatist known as Maggotty Johnson!

Naturally, though, it is the Quirky Cheshire section where things turn very strange, and where a seemingly random almanac of 78 Cheshire places have their quirkiest facts laid bare: like which villages are home to the Wizard’s Milestone, a library in a telephone kiosk, and a hall built around an oak-tree.

Then there’s the village that used to be known as Bullock Smithy, the village that had nine vicars in nine years, and the Cheshire lake that is rumoured to be home to a mermaid every Easter!

Alternatively, find out which mean-spirited Cheshire parson cut down Shakespeare’s mulberry bush and demolished his house, just to spite the people of Stratford. Or what about which former Cheshire town lends its name to a famous Agatha Christie character, or which two are home to the most successful water polo team ever, and the oldest rugby rule book in the world.

Finally, why not learn about the squire who squeezed 11 boys into one tree, the 6ft 6in Cheshire convict who escaped and became an aboriginal chief for 32 years, or the ancient Cheshire custom which involved four giants, a camel and 16 naked boys!

If you think you know Cheshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book and think again… Derby-born Andrew Beardmore spent his formative years nurturing his love of sport, history and geography in his home county of Derbyshire. He also learned to play various musical instruments which led to him playing guitar in his father’s dance band, supporting dance band giants like Victor Silvester and Joe Loss when still aged only seventeen. Nevertheless, it was Computer Science in which he graduated, with a First Class honours degree, before embarking on a thirty-year career in I.T.

Today, Andrew still works full-time in I.T., and writes and travels in his spare time. Cheshire: Unusual & Quirky is his sixth book in the Unusual & Quirky series that reunites those historical and geographical loves of his childhood.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 323 8, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published May 2018.

Unusual Pubs by Boot, Bike and BoatUnusual Pubs by Boot, Bike and Boat - £16.99
Bob Barton has spent three years seeking out quirky hostelries that offer more than your average local. They’re Britain’s most surprising licensed premises, where the reader’s curiosity will be sated as well as their thirst. Walking and cycling trails to the pubs are included, as are waterways, making this a useful companion for leisure travellers.
Lincolnshire Unusual & QuirkyLincolnshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
Lurking not far beneath the surface of Lincolnshire is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing. All is told in another delve into the Unusual & Quirky by Andrew Beardmore
Staffordshire Unusual & QuirkyStaffordshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
Lurking not far beneath Staffordshire's surface, there are a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing as Andrew Beardmore shows here.
Leicestershire And Rutland Unusual & QuirkyLeicestershire And Rutland Unusual & Quirky - £19.99

Leicestershire and Rutland is home to some of England’s best kept secrets: beautiful countryside, pretty, quintessentially English villages, and a rich and diverse history.However, as Andrew Beardmore reveals, lurking not far beneath the surface of both counties is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing.....

Nottinghamshire Unusual & QuirkyNottinghamshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Nottinghamshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again…
Derbyshire Unusual & QuirkyDerbyshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
If you think you know Derbyshire, read this fascinating and profusely illustrated book by Andrew Beardmore and think again...
Unusual Railway PubsUnusual Railway Pubs - £16.99
The author, Bob Barton, has spent five years visiting remarkable hostelries where cask ale and coffee is served along with generous portions of railway heritage and now you can too, with the help of this lavishly illustrated guide.
Cheshire MoodsCheshire Moods - £14.99
Cheshire Moods is the result of one photographer’s ambition, which was to produce a book showcasing Cheshire at its very best. In it, landscape photographer Alan Novelli shows us atmospheric images of his home county from all of the four seasons, taken at every time of the day. His judicious use of light and timing are the essential ingredients in a book that inspires the heart and frees the mind.
How to Survive in CheshireHow to Survive in Cheshire - £12.99
In this highly amusing book Geoff Simpson pokes gentle fun at many of the foibles shared by him and his fellow Cheshire-ites, drawing on a wealth of stories concerning people and places – each with a wry look at what makes Cheshire so distinctive.
Images of Lancashire & Cheshire RailwaysImages of Lancashire & Cheshire Railways - £19.99

An addition to the burgeoning series of photographic studies based on images from the collection of Maurice Dart, Cornwall-based photographer and authority on steam and diesel locomotive types. This volume covers much of the twentieth century through to the end of the age of steam on railways in the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.

 
 
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