Ever wondered about those references in Sherlock Holmes to Bradshaw? It was an essential item for anyone who wanted to move from A to B or P to Q in the British Isles. As essential as the Internet today. This edition shows British railways at their peak - cars were unreliable, there were no commercial air services, and as the introduction says, anything which went more than a dozen miles went by train. You have to be a bit of an anorak to start planning journeys between, say, Burton Agnes and Burton Constable (both on the North Eastern Railway), but you will find browsing your own neighbourhood interesting, unless you lack curiosity about its past. An important item of social history.