Gloucester County Council
'Landmarks of Britain' is the history of the nation, told through the places where it actually happened. Including notable locations such as Glasgow School of Art, Plymouth Hoe and Sherwood Forest, Clive Aslet relives the epic moments which have helped to shape the nation
Available at Cheltenham.
such as... The All England Club, Banqueting House, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Bodleian Library, Caernarfon Castle, Dounreay Nuclear Reactor, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Flatford Mill, The Foundling Hospital, Glasgow School of Art, Glencoe, John Murray Publishers, Jordans Quaker Meeting House, Offa's Dyke, Old Sarum, Plymouth Hoe, Port Sunlight, Rotherhithe Tunnel, Runnymede, Selfridges, Sherwood Forest, Slough Trading Estate, Smithfield, Southwell Workhouse, Spaghetti Junction, Speakers' Corner, Sutton Hoo, Tolpuddle, Trellick Tower, Woking Mosque...
THE LANDMARKS OF BRITAIN promises to be the most unusual history of Britain to be published for years. Arranged regionally - but underpinned by a strong sense of chronology - the book embraces the whole of British history, encompassing battlefields, cathedrals and palaces, of course, but also places linked with great events in the worlds of science, literature, architecture, espionage, philanthropy, religion, romance, agriculture and industry.
Each entry tells a tale of triumph or disaster: the discovery of penicillin, the writing of Paradise Lost, the abolition of the slave trade - these appear alongside battles, coronations and executions. Visit all 500 landmarks and you will have relived the epic of British history through the very fields and stones on which it happened.
'This is no conventional gazetteer, nor is it a guide book. It is a charming, erudite, amusing and very personal list ... His energy, enthusiasm and learning, always lightly worn, are prodigious ... Delightful'
'A brilliant, far-ranging enterprise ...literally a monumental work: all those who care about history in the first place should acquire it'
'A grand and panoramic sweep through our island story'
'A labour of love ... a book to map your travels by'
'A first-rate, oblique examination of British history that no household or car glove compartment should be without'
||'This book only goes to prove what a creative, war-like, eccentric, inventive lot we are - and three cheers for it'