on 9 January 2013
This publication will appeal to both railway enthusiasts, canal enthusiasts as well as a those readers with a general interest in British history. The many individual town plans will provide a valuable resource to those researching local history.
Ideal for schools with coverage pertinent to the current national curriculum
By the time George Bradshaw published his first iconic railway map in May 1839, Britain's major industrial towns of Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester were already connected to London. Such was the pace of railway building during the period, with new railway companies emerging across the country, that by the time many maps were published they were already outdated. In deciding to chronicle these early, steam powered railways to display the sheer pace of change we have created seven maps clearly showing each that was opened, along with summary narratives, for the years 1836, 1839, 1842, 1845, 1846, 1847 and 1848. The first section of the atlas presents a detailed look at the lay of the land at the time of the golden age of canals that had begun in the 1770's. The detailed map published in 1809 shows the established canal network, along with some of the early horse drawn Iron Railways, or "wagonways" as they were known. The building of such wagonways, like that at Ashby-de-la-Zouch connected to the Ashby Canal, was a major engineering achievement and became a model for future railways - with the harnessing of steam, most of the towns in the country wanted a railway connection within 30 years. Following the atlas pages of 1809 we present no less than 25 colour town plans prior to the arrival of the railways and the dramatic changes that ensued. They therefore offer a rare rural insight to the past. The atlas is lavishly illustrated with many thought provoking views and vistas from this bygone age that capture one of the most monumental periods of change in British history.
on 6 September 2013
A well put together collection of maps and illustrations that will appeal to a wide range of readers, particularly those with a general interest in British history and canal and railway enthusiasts alike. It is well presented, the maps are excellent and I would recommend the publication - a 'must-buy' book. Also ideal for schools. Enjoy!
on 16 November 2014
Very interesting book if you like early railways and maps. Gives breakdown of the railway companies as the open ended to 1848.
Worth getting the OS historical Cassini maps nos 93 , 108 and 109 ie Middlesborough, Liverpool and Manchester as it shows the Stockton and Darlington & Liverpool and Manchester Railways in the 1860s and 1840s. Lovely detailed maps that show spot heights, milestones and their mileage for the track and stations or halts that have long since gone.
The book is dedicated to George Stephenson, one of the greatest men ever to have lived in my humble opinion.