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ISBN: 9781841148373
Portrait of Shropshire & the Marches
Portrait of Shropshire & the Marches
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There can be no doubt that Shropshire is a border county. A glance at the map shows a string of forts on prominent hills dating form the Iron Age and medieval castles like Ludlow and Stokesay, all of which reflect a tempestuous history of conflict and division.

The ancient name for the area of The Marches originates from the Old English mearc meaning a boundary, and this was traditionally the meeting place of the ancient Saxon kingdom of Mercia with the unruly tribes of Wales. But apart from the glorious hill country of the west, including the Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc and the mysterious Stiperstones, Shropshire has a wealth of lovely, black-and-white half-timbered villages, superb churches and unspoilt countryside, alongside the ancient Severn-side county town of Shrewsbury.

Van Greaves, who knows the county well, manages to capture the essence of Shropshire through over 140 evocative photographic images, in this superb celebration of the border county. Van Greaves is a commercial and landscape photographer who was born in Birmingham and now lives at Kidderminster. After working as a planning officer, he became a professional photographer in 1980. He provided the photographs for the highly-acclaimed Portrait of Birmingham, published by Halsgrove in 2004.

ISBN 978 1 84114 837 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages.

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