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Behind Closed Doors [DVD]
Behind Closed Doors [DVD]
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfiy your curiosity, 20 Oct 2011
This review is from: Behind Closed Doors [DVD] (DVD)
If you have ever wondered what the inside of some of London's most famous buildings are like then you will enjoy this series. There is little covered outside the capital but the range of buildings visited is interesting and some of them have been the scene of world stage decision making. Their construction and their uses are explained. It's a great encouragement to make the effort to visit in person on their annual open days but if you can't arrange that then this is a really interesting peek inside.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Oseberg, 20 Oct 2011
A very crisp and well composed photograph of the prow of a reproduction Oseberg Viking ship . The colours are very pleasing and the photograph gives a sense of adventure and possibility. It is a photograph that would really interest students of Viking history or those interested in ancient boat construction. I really enjoy it.


Joanna Lumley's Nile [DVD][2010]
Joanna Lumley's Nile [DVD][2010]
Dvd ~ Joanna Lumley
Price: £9.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real adventure, 20 Oct 2011
This series begins with Joanna Lumley taking us from comfortable rail travel and hotel luxury into the heart of African desert. She is always enthusiastic and has genuine interest in the people she speaks with on her way to find the cource of the Nile. An unusual and light hearted travel story.


Packmen, Carriers and Packhorse Roads (Landmark Collector's Library)
Packmen, Carriers and Packhorse Roads (Landmark Collector's Library)
by David Hey
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Carrying goods" during the industrial revolution in Yorkshire and Derbyshire., 10 Aug 2011
Another feather in the cap of a distinguished academic of the region.

The origins of the packhorse trails is still uncertain. Inquirers into this period of economic history may be confused by the restrictions to travel during the industrial revolution on the one hand, and what appears to be a contradictory ability to convey goods over difficult terrain such as the Pennines on the other. Perhaps the key to understanding this issue lies in this well admired book. Early industry was adequately served by the volume of raw materials and finished goods conveyed by "jaggers" or packhorse teams. Bottlenecks in supply and demand may have been overcome, eventually, by canal and railway development. Nevertheless, packmen and their teams remained an important avenue of transport in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Their routes are still marked within the landscape. These ways now provide marked pathways for walkers and people interested in having a greater understanding into their local and family history.

An interesting and informative book for anyone probing the history of the area. Among academic historians the work is already known. However, the book will especially inform local historans of the area and those genealogists following the history of families who lived in North Derbyshire or South Yorkshire, especially if their relatives were involved in the local coal, iron or lead industries. Many interesting references to follow up.


At Home with the Georgians [DVD] [2010]
At Home with the Georgians [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Phil Cairney
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £10.01

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Englishwoman's Home?, 13 May 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed At Home with the Georgians. I like the way Amanda Vickery used the home as a vehicle to explore Georgian social life and attitudes, particularly her exploration of sexual divisions and the roles of women. The examples she uses of the women trapped in controlling relationships in the homes of their male family members are quite heartbreaking, and show the misery of restricted if somewhat privileged lives. During the 1980s I visited the curious house A la Ronde which is featured in the second episode. The house is crammed full of examples of middle class "female handiwork", shell work and quilling.

It would have been interesting to see examples of the homes of people at the lower end of the social scale, such as farm workers and poor urban dwellers, although these would be much harder to find. The houses used are mainly aristocratic and middle class homes, although the series does touch on the workhouse and its principle of less eligibility in the last episode. This is an excellent three part series and would be complemented by further work on this period and topic.
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Around & About Yorkshire at Christmas [DVD]
Around & About Yorkshire at Christmas [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Saville

4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Christmas Customs, 25 Dec 2010
This volume in the series visits a range of Yorkshire towns and villages and allows us a peek into their Christmas customs, old and new. It's good to see that, alongside towns celebrating Christmas in centuries old ways, there are also places in Yorkshire developing new ways of celebrating Christmas and helping to revive ones which may have otherwise fallen into obscurity. Together, they all help to make God's Own County, the diverse and interesting place it is. The DVD makes amusing watching at Christmas in any year.


Around & About Yorkshire Issue 4 [DVD]
Around & About Yorkshire Issue 4 [DVD]
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yorkshire Old and New, 25 Dec 2010
A glimpse into the diversity of Yorkshire by visiting 8 different places which regale not only the beauty of the Yorkshire countryside, in the Farndale Daffodil Walk, and the sporting prowess of Yorkshire people in Ripon Races and the Hebden Sports, but the links between its landscapes and its industries too.

The unique past of the coastal region is represented in a number of segments, with a visit to the immaculately renovated and presented Rotunda Museum at Scarborough which is well worth a look and the fishermen of Filey who are still working their few remaining Cobles (based on an ancient Viking boat design) from the landing there, down to the Hull Maritime Festival where the sea shanties are still sung, which helped sailors from the port sail their ships across the oceans. There is even hope for the Yorkshire coalfield in this edition, where the reopening of Hatfield Colliery by an entrepreneur showed promise for the future.

If all this is not enough, then learn how to grow successful rhubarb too! A good all round edition of this periodical series on Yorkshire. Great for Yorkshirephiles anywhere.


A Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford Paperback Reference)
A Dictionary of English Place-names (Oxford Paperback Reference)
by A.D. Mills
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference work, 24 Dec 2010
My interest in this volume was as a reference work for historical research. The introduction explains about the diverse origins of English place names (and it is only England the book covers, not Wales and Scotland) explaining their Celtic, Old English or Scandinavian origins. It deals with the way placenames developed from either the people who settled or lived in the area, the function the place performed or the topographical feature which may have given the place its name.

The main body of the book also has useful county maps pre 1974 and after 1974 but although it has many entries, very small hamlets or villages may not have a mention. The book ends with a glossary of the parts of English placenames and, as one would expect, a useful guide to further reading. It could help to build up a good picture of the historical origins of a locality.

Although this edition is a 1997 reprint it represents, for the general reader, a very good value reference work at modest cost. It would be of interest to researchers into family and local history especially.


The History Of Warfare: Norman Conquests - The Harrying Of The.. [DVD]
The History Of Warfare: Norman Conquests - The Harrying Of The.. [DVD]
Dvd ~ The War File: the History of Warfare
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £4.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Old Days, 11 Jun 2010
This DVD helps reconstruct glimpses of the treatment of ordinary people in the North, after the Norman Conquest, as well as explaining the thinking behind William's dealings with the North. The Harrying of the North has been overlooked as a topic in medieval history. However, the reprisals which William made when he encountered resistance to his kingship from the North might justifiably be termed the "ethnic cleansing" of their day. Well worth a look.
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Portrait of Britain, Prospect of Whitby, London & Middlesex, Framed
Portrait of Britain, Prospect of Whitby, London & Middlesex, Framed
Offered by Cambrooke Fine Art
Price: £34.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing Prints of England's Heritage, 11 Jun 2010
I have purchased other prints from this range and I am very happy with them. They are well mounted and arrive carefully packed for transport. The Prospect of Whitby is a riverside Thames pub which gained its name because it overlooked the Whitby coaling fleet when the ships were moored on the river outside. The composition and colours of the print are pleasing. It depicts a Thames barge in front of the building. Anyone with an interest in London, the Thames, famous old pubs or shipping would really enjoy this print.


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