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Bradshaw's Handbook (Old House) [Kindle Edition]

George Bradshaw
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Collector’s item, landmark in the history of the tour guide, snapshot of Britain in the 1860s – Bradshaw’s Handbook deserves a place on the bookshelf of any traveller, railway enthusiast, historian or anglophile. Produced as the British railway network was reaching its zenith, and as tourism by rail became a serious pastime for the better off, it was the first national tourist guide specifically organized around railway journeys, and to this day offers a glimpse through the carriage window at a Britain long past. This is a facsimile of the actual book – often referred to as ‘Bradshaw’s Guide’ – that inspired the ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ television series, possibly the only surviving example of the 1863 edition.

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'This book is a must-have, and a joy to own ... superb.' --Books Monthly

About the Author

George Bradshaw became famous for producing the world's most successful and longest running combined railway timetable -- a publication to be found in the library of every Victorian traveller. But in the middle of the 19th century, with the railway network reaching its peak, his company shifted focus to tourist guides, such as this one, designed for the rail traveller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22695 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Old House Books; Facsimile edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PE202A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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540 of 548 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain of the Century 13 Jan. 2012
By David Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I bought a Kindle over a year ago, I swore I would never buy another tree book. Unfortunately, being a steam train nut and the fact that Amazon were offering two different reprints of the famous Bradshaw's Handbook used as the basis of Michael Portillo's television series, proved all too much for me. I simply had to have one, but which one?

I read previous reviews noting comments that the more expensive version at £21.95 was only paperback and the paper and print quality were questionable. All the comments about this Old House version were 5 star and as a hardback at less than a third of the price of the alternative paperback I decided to take the risk.

Well, the risk paid off. This is a superb facsimile of the original with excellent paper, binding and print quality. A joy to own and what a fantastic bargain. I am adding my 5 stars and a 'Highly Recommended'.

By the way, in case you're wondering like I was when I ordered it, that yellow and blue banner shown in the picture is not part of the cover which is brown all over, but merely a removeable 'fly strip' for advertising purposes.


p.s. I see that Amazon have now removed the 'fly strip' referred to above from their advertising photo. Someone must have read my review LOL.
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164 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Railway Journeys 7 Jan. 2012
Well here it is, a more faithfully sized facsimilie of probably one of the most famous tourist guides (albeit a little out of date) at the moment, until a few years ago the name George Bradshaw had all but disappeared from the national psyche, then along came Michael Portillo with a camera crew and a little, old, obscure book almost nobody had heard of, right from the outset I wished I could own a copy and searched the Internet for a copy of my own, I realised that originals like Mr Portillo has are extremely scarce and incredibly expensive costing hundreds of pounds, I should have realised that it would only be a matter of time before it was to be reproduced and here it is, a fantastic little book with a goldmine of information both trivial and historical about our country, some of which we didn't even know, the name Bradshaw was synonymous with the rail network as Beeton was with cookery but his memory was all but airbrushed from rail history in the beeching reforms of the 1960's, thanks to Mr Portillo his name has once again been restored, buy and read this book and you will see that, for all it's faults at the moment, the rail network has achieved so much and shaped who we are today, it's astonishing to think that a back street cartographer from Manchester, whose only aim was to help the Victorian traveller get from A to B more efficiently, awakened the true sense of us as a rail travelling nation, forget Michelin, lonely planet and the rest, this is the only informative guide to the UK that you'll ever need
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143 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Britain in 1863 5 Jan. 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As I write these words, this book is number 39 in the list of best-selling books on all of Amazon UK. Not bad for something published in 1863! There is no doubt that great interest has been generated by the BBC showing Michael Portillo's 'Great British Railway Journeys', now into its third series, such has been the success of the previous two.

Portillo uses Bradshaw as his guidebook whilst travelling around Britain by train, just as Bradshaw himself did, and it's wonderful to be able to have one's own copy to refer to. The guide itself is substantial; most of Britain's railway network was in place by the 1860's, and somehow Bradshaw managed to compile a comprehensive guide to everywhere from great cities to small villages, taking interest not only in places of history (great houses, churches, castles etc.), but also in the industries of the time, such as wool, cotton, mining. There is real enthusiasm here, a reflection of pride in Britain when she was at the height of her world importance; there's a number of passing references to the great Empire!

It all makes fascinating reading, and what is most amazing is the quality of reproduction, given the age of the original, and the incredible value for money. And it's a hardback! Less than a tenner - an essential puchase indeed. There are even a few, admittedly small, town plans of great cities at the back.

Very highly recommended.
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140 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 18 Jan. 2012
By kenco
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having been charmed by the television series Great British railway journeys, I finally decided I had to have my own copy. This reproduction is fascinating, not just because of the extraordinary amount of information it contains but in the way it shows the evolution of not just Britain over 140 years but in the printed word. The book is most certainly not "user friendly" in a 21st century manner but once you work out how to navigate around the many different indexes it provides a wonderful insight into Victorian world which is both similar and totally alien to us now. One can only guess how on earth Bradshaw collected all this vast amount of information but we should be glad he did. I was particularly amused to read that the area which now contains Gatwick airport is stated to "present no feature of importance". You can/will lose yourself for hours reading about places you know and have visited as they were during the 19th century. This is the most delightful book and is heartily recommended.
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