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Sporting Lodges - Sanctuaries, Havens and Retreats [Hardcover]

Jeremy J.C. Hobson , David S. D. Jones
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29 Aug 2013
An extensive and fascinating history of the sporting lodge, beautifully illustrated throughout, covering the classic, most interesting and unusual shooting/stalking/fishing and hunting lodges, bothies, huts, boxes and barns. Including wall trophies, gun cabinets, game books and much more, these tales from the past and anecdotes from the present combine together to create a superb read for anyone interested in country sports and rural society history.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quiller Publishing Ltd (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184689168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846891687
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sporting Lodges includes many fascinating first-hand accounts of life in the lodge then and now, and there are detailed rituals, rod rooms, game books and fishing registers. There is also a splendid section on lodges built in rather eccentric places some so remote they can be accessed only by sea! --Cla

If you're looking for something to relax with after a hard day's stalk, you won't do much better than Sporting Lodges. For those interested in the history of their sport, it provides an in-depth look at the history of the sporting lodges, complete with detailed and evocative pictures of some of the most interesting that our Nations estates great and small have to offer. --Sporting Rifle

From the baronial extravagance of the Victorian highland lodge, to the modest thatched hut by the river, this is a fascinating history of sporting lodges. But it is much more; it is a social history of fieldsports looking at the way lodges transformed sport and were themselves affected by railways, roads and the huge social changes of the last century...An absorbing history and a great read. - BASC Shooting and Conservation

A charming and envy-inducing history of sporting lodges in the British Isles. The subtitle says it all really; shooting lodges, bothies or fisherman's huts are sanctuaries where log fires roar, whiskey tumblers refresh and sportsmen and women forget about the concerns of the wider world. The book contains some fascinating insights into the way sporting estates were run just a few generations ago, and also covers, among other topics, travel in the golden age of steam engines and motoring and cooking. With section headlines like Private railway stations and Ghosts of those who have gone before, there are many little treasures and the authors have done a tremendous amount of research to deliver an endearing book which will entertain and tantalise in equal measures. - Shooting Gazette

This is an extensive and fascinating history of the quintessential British sporting lodge. Beautifully illustrated throughout, it covers the classic and most interesting and unusual shooting, stalking, fishing and hunting lodges, bothies, huts, boxes, castles and barns. With its tales from the past and anecdotes from the present, the authors - both prolific sporting writers - have written a book which creatures a superb portrait of this wonderfully British sporting institution. A fascinating read. --Fieldsports

The sub-title on the front cover just about sums up this book as it is "Sanctuaries, Havens and Retreats". Whatever one's sport from fishing and shooting to stalking, sooner or later people come across fishing lodges, stalking bothies or simplest shelters. Only the privileged few have access to many of these...The large number of excellent photographs, some very old, depict a life most of us can only imagine. --Highland News Group

From the baronial extravagance of the Victorian highland lodge, to the modest thatched hut by the river, this is a fascinating history of sporting lodges. But it is much more; it is a social history of fieldsports looking at the way lodges transformed sport and were themselves affected by railways, roads and the huge social changes of the last century...An absorbing history and a great read. - BASC Shooting and Conservation

A charming and envy-inducing history of sporting lodges in the British Isles. The subtitle says it all really; shooting lodges, bothies or fisherman's huts are sanctuaries where log fires roar, whiskey tumblers refresh and sportsmen and women forget about the concerns of the wider world. The book contains some fascinating insights into the way sporting estates were run just a few generations ago, and also covers, among other topics, travel in the golden age of steam engines and motoring and cooking. With section headlines like Private railway stations and Ghosts of those who have gone before, there are many little treasures and the authors have done a tremendous amount of research to deliver an endearing book which will entertain and tantalise in equal measures. - Shooting Gazette

This is an extensive and fascinating history of the quintessential British sporting lodge. Beautifully illustrated throughout, it covers the classic and most interesting and unusual shooting, stalking, fishing and hunting lodges, bothies, huts, boxes, castles and barns. With its tales from the past and anecdotes from the present, the authors - both prolific sporting writers - have written a book which creatures a superb portrait of this wonderfully British sporting institution. A fascinating read. --Fieldsports

About the Author

Jeremy Hobson has been respected for many years as an author, shoot captain and occasional broadcaster. David Jones has been an archivist and historian for the National Gamekeeper's Organisation for over a decade and has written a number of books on sporting estates.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A book for the countryman 23 Jan 2014
By Setter man VINE VOICE
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For those who, like me, are fly fishermen, or shooters and other sorts of people interested in country sports, this book represents a visually satisfying and reasonably revealing essay on a somewhat unknown topic. Even if one has visited a few such lodges, it is unlikely that you will have visited the range and types of sporting lodge described here. The photography is good and the accompanying text provides good, if not exactly detailed, description and contextualisation. This is not a major analytical or historical study, but it is a satisfying review of an aspect of country life that will appeal to countrymen (and women).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some man love for man places. 20 Mar 2014
By Jack Chakotay VINE VOICE
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This is a great little book about sporting lodges which I suppose was the equivalent of what the shed/garage means to the male half of the population today. A variety of places are portrayed for your enjoyment, from some places really grand, to a few which could give you ideas. The accompanying text is amusing and informative at the same time. I think its a great "male" book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well presented and informative 25 Feb 2014
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An informative, socio-historical guide as much a photo-journal of lodges and bothies, This is an interesting book looking at the whole range of this intriguing type of building. Very nicely presented and well-researched too. Worth a look if this area of architecture and culture intrigues you.
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This is a nice potted history of the buildings of Britain used in country sports over the last few centuries. Dwelling largely (and understandably) on the follies and foibles of the victorian era it is a good sweep from shed to palace. Nicely illustrated and well described, so fitting between the world of picture book and history book. Enjoyable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 20 Feb 2014
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Sporting Lodges - Sanctuaries, Havens and Retreats By: Jeremy J.C. Hobson, David S. D. JonesThis is an intriguing book that looks at the history of Hunting Lodges. Chapters cover subjects like Location, Journeying to & life at the Lodge, Cooking, Customs & Traditions, etc. Predominantly covering the UK experience with regional examples it does also briefly look at Lodges around the world. The book is well illustrated with photographs and historical ephemera. The history is interesting and informative if at times a little underwhelming in its conciseness. The brevity of some sections is a shame as you want to know more, but this will always be a struggle for a book that is trying to include so many aspects of quite a broad subject. I bought this book as I spent part of my childhood living in a former hunting lodge in the Yorkshire Dales. I enjoyed this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sporting Retreats 20 Feb 2014
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Men have always needed their hunting lodges, bothies and the like to escape from the world in preparation for sport - and to drink - in comradeship.

This book traces their development and is a fascinating, well-researched - and well-illustrated - document.
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I have read Jeremy Hobson's last book 'The Shoot Lunch'. And have found this new book about shooting lodges just as good. The mass of coloured pictures help greatly.... Read more
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