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Rotherham Workhouse

by Margaret Drinkall

This fascinating volume explores all aspects of life in that dread institution, the workhouse. From the staff who lived and worked here to the lunatics who were kept, sometimes unsuccessfully, in the medical...


Ancient Crosses of the Three Choirs Counties

by Marion Freeman

Scattered across the English countryside are various types of crosses, with a particularly interesting array in the three choirs counties of Glocuestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Here, Marion Freeman...


Darwin in Ilkley

by Mike Dixon & Gregory Radick

I am here hydropathising and coming to life again after having finished my accursed book.' So wrote Charles Darwin to his friend T H Huxley in October 1859 from the Yorkshire village of Ilkley. Darwin was in...


Frontline Afghanistan: The Devil's Playground

by Mike Ryan

In the eight years since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan has rarely been out of the news. Over a thousand coalition military fatalities have been reported, and many times that number of...


A Ghostly Almanac of Devon & Cornwall

by Nicola Sly

A Ghostly Almanac of Devon & Cornwall is a month-by-month catalogue of reported spectral sightings and paranormal phenomena from around the South West of England. Contained within the pages of this book are...


Olde London Punishments

by David Brandon & Alan Brooke

This book contains all manner of grim and ancient punishments from London's long and bloody history. Over the centuries, many hundreds have expired inside the capital's dank, rat-infested cells, or whilst dancing...


River Hobbler's Apprentice: Memories of Working the Severn & Wye

by Alan Butt

The river hobbler had a unique life. Falling through the cracks of society, he paid no taxes and worked at whatever was available on and around the river, so in a year he would mix catching salmon or elvers...


Haunted Peak District

by Jill Armitage

The Peak District of Derbyshire is said to experience more bizarre happenings and unexplainable encounters than any other part of England. This chilling collection of true-life tales details many terrifying...


Kohima: The Furthest Battle: The Story of the Japanese Invasion of India in 1944 and the British-Indian Thermopylae

by Leslie Edwards

By the end of 1943 the Japanese had occupied most of South-East Asia. On 6 March 1944, the first units of the Japanese 15 Army crossed the inhospitable border of what was then Burma, and invaded India. At the...


The Woman Writer: The History of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists

by Sylvia Kent

Founded by a man, Joseph Snell Wood, in May 1894, the Society of Women Writers could never claim to be a politically 'feminist' organisation. In its early days the Society primarily attracted lady journalists,...


The Cretingham Murder

by Sheila Hardy

During renovation work on a hunting lodge near Aldeburgh, Suffolk, in 1996 a carpenter uncovered a plank of wood revealing a chilling pencilled message: 'A fearful murder was committed the first day of this...


Air Raid: A Diary and Stories from the Essex Blitz; With a Foreword from Lord Tebbit

by W A Hoodless

This revealing book sets out to provide a first-hand account of the Blitz upon an ordinary and very recently married couple in Upminster, Essex. The Blitz diary, written by the author's mother, began less than...


Olde Yorkshire Punishments

by Howard Peach

This lavishly illustrated work provides a fascinating glimpse into the dark world of Yorkshire punishments through the centuries. All forms of punishment are covered, ranging from the gruesome and extreme to...


Front-Line Essex

by Michael Foley

Before the First World War, Essex was a very different county from that which we know today. The economy was largely based on agriculture, and the people rarely travelled beyond its borders, or even out of the...


Haunted Newcastle

by Darren W. Ritson

This creepy collection of true life tales takes the reader on a tour through the streets, cemeteries, alehouses, and attics of Newcastle. Drawing on historical and contemporary sources and containing many tales...


Viking Age England

by Julian D Richards

From shortly before AD 800 until the Norman conquest, England was subject to raids from seafaring peoples from Scandinavia - the Vikings. They were not only raiders but also traders and settlers. During this...


Submariners: Real Life Stories from the Deep

by Keith Hall

A history of submariners. The Senior Service has, for a hundred years, had submarines. Originally thought to be Un-English, submarines helped us win two World Wars and have played a great part in Britain's nuclear...


When West Ham Went to the Dogs

by Brian Belton

The tale of greyhound racing in the East End community of West Ham. Beginning with a loving history of greyhound racing, Brian Belton tells the tale of a time and a place when the punters of the East End of...


Druids: Preachers of Immortality

by Anne Ross

This book strips away modern myths about the druids. Druidism was the religion of the Celts. The richest sources of information about the druids is the vernacular material from Ireland and Wales. The author's...


Folklore of Wales

by Anne Ross

Wales is a Celtic country and the Celts have always treasured oral learning and recitation. Indeed they have a passion for committing facts to memory rather than relying on the written word. This title covers...