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on 14 October 2006
This book is the best guide I've come across if you want to explore the less well known parts of Shropshire (and that's pretty much all of it!). Every town, village and hamlet gets a section, with descriptions and histories of all significant buildings, so in some ways this is like the Pevsner guides, but made much more interesting by the inclusion of other, non architectural information about famous local people, or his opinions on the feel of the locality. There are lots of photos including some of local folk singers, a wedding couple, or just his dog by a picturesque spot. There are so many hidden country houses and hamlets down no through roads in Shropshire, that I've found this an invaluable guide to exploring the county by bicycle. Too big to go in the saddlebag, but fine for looking things up when I get back.
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on 28 May 2011
Has an old fashioned feel to it especially when compared to modern full colour guides. That said, it is jam packed with an astonishing amount of information, often out of the way, and written by someone with an obvious love of the county. The photographs, all by the author and all in black and white, are mostly excellent and have a lovely and slightly 50's spirit to them even though many were taken in the 80's and 90's. A few though are very poor and putting a picture of yourself on the front cover a bit odd when the book is about Shropshire, not Michael Raven. The main problem with the book is the format, a Gazetteer- essentially an alphabetical list of places mostly villages and towns. If you are looking for information on the hills, one of the chief glories of the county, you will often have to work a bit. You can find Titterstone Clee but not Brown Clee. You will not find The Stiperstones or Wenlock Edge. For those you will need to look in the Index and work through the page numbers (there are 9 references to Wenlock Edge) one by one. This is frustrating to say the least. Similarly, There is a good sketch map of the Shropshire Lead mines on page 189, apparently randomly placed in the book, with no other information. To find more you have to look up the individual villages shown and underlined, other names on the map are mines, not villages and unless you know this, you will waste your time looking them up. Again rather frustrating, as is the map at the back where Shropshire's borders are not clearly marked, so you can find yourself looking up towns that turn out not to be in the county. Some entries are eccentric, the list of the 35 occupiers of the light industrial units in Halesworth being one. So plenty of information but it can take some time to find it. It is a big and heavy book well printed on good paper.
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on 22 April 2011
I ordered this book because my ancestors came from Shropshire. I have been tracing my family tree and I wanted a map of Shropshire, partly to see where they all lived and partly to use as a guide book on a trip to Shropshire in August. This book is too big to use as a guide book but it does have information on the places where my ancestors all lived and worked. The maps at the end are excellent - I shall photocopy one or both of them to take on my trip - but I am also trying to buy a pocket-sized guide book as well. There is also a full index and gazetteer at the end.
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on 10 December 2010
This hardback book is more than your ordinary guide type book. It is a gem of a publication, obviously written by an author dedicated to the county. The book will bring alive the real Shropshire and its lovely places. It will offer hours of browsing and entice many to explore areas of interest for themselves. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 3 June 2016
Excellent book full of useful information from knowledgeable author. Highly recommended.
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on 6 October 2015
Very comprehensive. A mine of knowledge.
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on 6 February 2015
Excellent book
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