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ISBN: 9781841143019
AUTHOR: John Sansom & Brian Little
The Story of Bristol
The Story of Bristol
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This fine book tells the always fascinating, sometimes turbulent, story of Bristol from its earliest beginnings and its growth as a trading and maritime force, to become second only to London. John Cabot and others sailed from here, on voyages of discovery which put Bristol in the forefront of the nation's affairs.

We see Bristol in religious turmoil and civil war, and trace its links with the Americas and its involvement in the infamous slave trade. These years saw the building of the great Georgian houses and terraces which remain the visual heritage of Bristol's heyday.

The authors cover religious dissent, John Wesley's pioneering work in the West Country, social unrest and the Bristol Riots of 1831, and the key role which Bristol played in the flowering of literary romanticism; the precocious boy-poet, Thomas Chatterton, penned his verses in the shadow of St Mary Redcliffe church, and Coleridge and Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads were first published in Bristol in 1798.

The engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel features prominently, creating the Great Western Railway, building great ships in Bristol and designing the elegant Clifton Suspension Bridge. We see the rise and fall of Bristol's traditional industries, notably tobacco, and the rise of new enterprises, leading ultimately to Bristol's re-emergence as a flourishing, vibrant and great European city.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 9781841143019, 220x240mm, hardback, 144 pages. Published April 2008.

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A Boot Up The MendipsA Boot Up The Mendips - £4.99
One thousand-feet high, the Mendip Hills rise between the Somerset Levels and Bristolís 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.
Images of Bristol, Somerset and Dorset RailwaysImages of Bristol, Somerset and Dorset Railways - £19.99
Now in his seventies, from a boy Maurice Dart has travelled throughout much of Southern Britain armed with a camera, taking photographs of all things railway. His collection has been used in countless magazines and journals. Here for the first time is a comprehensive look at a major part of this unique collection - a book that will become a classic of Westcountry steam.
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