Highland Omnibuses was founded in 1952 as part of the state-owned Scottish Bus Group that operated services throughout Scotland. The company was created from the merger of Highland Transport, Macrae & Dick and Alexanders Town Services and from its base in Inverness ran services throughout the Highla..
A startling new history of the Campbell massacre of the McDonald Clan, one the most emotive episodes in Scottish history. In the early hours of 13 February 1692, English Redcoats under the command of Campbell of Glenlyon, who for the past week had been peacefully quartered on the inhabitants of Glen..
Newcastle Through Time is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this part of the country. Reproduced in full colour, this is an exciting examination of Newcastle, the famous streets and the famous faces, and what they meant to the people of Newcastle throughout the 19th and into the 20th ..
The amazing life of Margaret of York, the woman who tried to overthrow the Tudors. Reared in a dangerous and unpredictable world Margaret of York, sister of Richard III, would become the standard bearer of the House of York and 'The menace of the Tudors'. This alluring and resourceful woman was Henr..
Ripper Murders From Old Photographs is not a standard retelling of the story of the Whitechapel Murders but the tale of historically important photographs connected to the case, discovered by the author in 2007. Half of the book deals with The Whitby Collection. This is a surviving series of 27 ima..
Covering the whole of the UK, from Northern Scotland to the South Coast. The loss of many ships and men is detailed in Trawler Disasters. Fishing is Britain's deadliest industry - and many thousands have died in the pursuit of cod, herring, haddock, mackerel and a host of other fish so that we can ..
In 1888, Englands Football league came into being and ever since a player has been recognised each year for the highest number of goals scored in the league, First Division or Premier League. The first was John Goodall of Preston North End, with 21 goals, the most recent, Didier Drogba, with 29. The..
Of all the monuments from the 350 or more years of Roman rule in Britain, perhaps the most magnificent to come down to us today are their roads and the two great walls that they built across northern Britain - Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall in Scotland. Yet, before these vast structures were b..
On 20 January 1931, Mrs Julia Wallace was brutally battered to death in the parlour of her home in Anfield, Liverpool. In April of that year, William Herbert Wallace, Julia's husband, was found guilty of her seemingly motiveless murder and sentenced to death by hanging. Yet on 19 May 1931, the sente..
Britain is full of ghostly stories - from the wraith of John Donne's wife to the Cock Lane poltergeist. Gillian Bennett has collected together the 100 best tales told to frighten and enthral over the last four centuries. Famous hauntings and familiar legends are combined with unusual and long-lost..
Brunel and London. It might not seem an obvious association, but John Christopher puts the case that it was London, not Bristol, that was the most important centre of Brunel's activities. It was here that he lived, worked and died. The city is dotted with examples of his works, some obvious and some..
Bristol and Brunel, the two are inseparable. What would the Avon Gorge be without the slender lines of the suspension bridge? The Floating Harbour without the iron-hulled Great Britain back in the dry dock where she was built, or the magnificent Great Western Railway without its Temple Meads station..
WATFORD has witnessed an unprecedented number of changes over the years. The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw a great industrial and residential expansion which was followed by the Blitz, the reconstruction and the changes of the 1960s and 1970s to accommodate the growing traffic. Watfor..
A revised and updated edition of the late Arnold Kellett's A to Z of Knaresborough History, his intriguing and popular guide to this truly historical town. Presented in bitesize chunks of authoritative information, this fascinating book will delight residents and visitors alike with its fascinating ..
Brighton Through Time is a unique insight into the illustrious history of one of England's finest cities. Reproduced in full colour, this is an exciting examination of Brighton, the famous streets and the famous faces, and what they meant to the people of Brighton throughout the 19th and into the 20..
Camberwell was included in the Domesday Book and was the birthplace of the poet Robert Browning, and the politician Joseph Chamberlain. It was also home to authors John Ruskin and Muriel Spark. Mendolssohn was inspired to write his Spring Song, originally entitled Camberwell Green, while staying at ..
For its size Knaresborough has enjoyed more than its fair share of history; it has been home to some of England's most intriguing characters and it boasts some of the most iconic views in Britain. This book captures the fascinating story of the town - from King John's castle built in 1205 through to..
In April 1199 Richard the Lionheart lay dying in his mother's arms, victim of a well-aimed crossbow bolt and of an incompetent surgeon. Magnaminously, Richard pardoned the skilful archer, but ordered the slaughter of the rest of his enemies in the town he was besieging. A few days later as Richard's..
'To discover the real Devonian you have to talk about food,' claims Catherine Rothwell in her introduction, and true enough, after a lifetime of collecting authentic local recipes the length and breadth of the country, she finds that this 'beautiful county of fulfilled promise and pleasant surprise'..
Skulduggery in the Home Counties! This book is a fascinating look at the history of spying and spies in and around Hertfordshire. Rudyard Kipling called it The Great Game. Today, although it involves billions of pounds and sophisticated technology, the motives behind spying never change, they are m..
Warrior, prince, lover and rogue: there is much to be said for the Essex man. Henry VIII, Daniel Defoe and Wat Tyler are all covered along with many more in this exciting exploration of Essex Boys. Pepys and Dickens captured Essex in words, while the heads of great Essex families administered its ..
Besides having a fascinating geology, the North Kent Coast bears the marks of most periods of our history. The Romans built their fort at Reculver, and the abbey that later occupied that site had direct links with Canterbury Cathedral. The Dutch raided Queenborough and Sheerness in 1667; there was t..
Infinitely flexible, they have appeared in short, medium and long wheelbase variants, with a host of body styles and conversions for everything from sixwheeled fire engines to motor homes. It is more than sixty years since the prototype was built in 1948 and the Land Rover of today still resembles t..
Conwy, a small North Wales town, is dominated by the thirteenth-century castle of Edward I, built together with the town and walls. The town has had an interesting and often violent history. By Elizabethan times, Conwy settled into a more peaceful existence, but by the seventeenth century, violence ..
Knaresborough has many secrets, and as you walk down the streets you are walking through history. There are clear reminders of the town's past everywhere, waiting for you to stop, look and listen to their intriguing stories. Situated on the River Nidd, this town, famous for its market and spa, has w..
Growing up in Preston, with its eclectic range of transport, provided well-known local historian David John Hindle with the inspiration to write this book on the transport heritage of Preston. The book takes a retrospective look at the progress of transport in and around Preston, demonstrating how d..
Richard III. The name will conjure an image for any reader: Shakespeare's hunchback tyrant who killed his own nephews or a long-denigrated, misunderstood king. This one man's character and actions have divided historians and the controversy has always kept interest in Richard alive. However, curiosi..
The Wars of the Roses call to mind bloody battles, treachery and deceit, and a cast of characters known to us through fact and fiction: Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III, Warwick the Kingmaker, the Princes in the Tower, Henry Tudor. But the whole era also creates a level of bewilderment am..
In its early years Kendal was well known for wool and cloth making, hence the motto on the town coat of arms 'Pannus Mihi Panis', which translates as 'Wool Is My Bread'. The first indication of a coat of arms for the town was seen on John Speed's map of 1614, which includes what is believed to be ..
From 1901 'Mallaig fish' was for some sixty years a staple traffic on the West Highland Railway, while the 40-mile Mallaig Extension became (and has remained) a renowned scenic experience. But the prospects of the West Highland, a late-comer to the region and authorised no further than Fort William,..
The first generation of Sunbeam Alpine was produced in 1953-54 and was named after the prestigious Alpine Rally which ran through the mountains of France and Italy. The name was resurrected in 1959 for a new model, the principle subject of this book. It was launched in July of that year on the Frenc..
How did the inflatable banana save football?Did you know Pope John-Paul II was a follower?How MCFC almost started World War III. 'You have no history' is a familiar chant heard by Manchester City fans, who are used to being tormented for years of apparent underachievement. From the very first matc..
John Cooper takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, which meanders through what is arguably one of the most picturesque stretches of inland waterway in the county. Using a vibrant selection of old picture postcards and photographs, together with superb m..
Porthmadog was once host to a wide variety of industries. Its slate went to Germany and exists there today on the roofs of thousands of dwellings, as well as to America, where the Boston Court House is roofed with Welsh slate. The slate often travelled in Porthmadog-built vessels - over 200 sailing ..
Henry III became King of England within days of his ninth birthday. His father, King John, had overseen a disastrous period in English history and the boy king inherited a country embroiled in a bitter, entrenched war with itself. With barons inviting a French prince to take the crown, the young Hen..
John 'Willy' Williams was a medical student and passionate surfer turned Squadron Leader and Second World War ace. In the Australian tradition, he insisted on fighting his war in non-regulation attire and led his squadron into air combat over Libya and Egypt dressed in sandals and shorts. Shot down ..
Macabre crimes have long fascinated us, and our murky past ensures that we have no shortage of tales to chill and entertain in equal measure. From Jack the Ripper to John George Haigh, from Dr Crippen to Dr Shipman, history is riddled with examples of the darkest examples of human nature. In this ..
This book tells the complete story of one of the most significant agricultural inventions of all time - the combine harvester. Starting with the early straw walkers and rotary models, author Jonathan Whitlam charts the chronological evolution of these complex machines which soon became indispensable..
How the Dance of the Seven Veils led to 'the libel case of the century'. Maud Allan's rebellious life is set against an examination of the changing lives of women during a crucial period in the history of feminism. Dark Venus considers the late 19th- and early 20th-century obsession with woman as ..
In this profoundly personal journey through British history, Martin Wall traces the influence of Magic and Myth from the earliest times to the present day. Our abiding myths have endured since before the time of the Druids, reaching their apotheosis in the Arthurian tales and the Glastonbury legends..
The town of Wrexham and its immediate vicinity has a rich heritage of industry, including coal, iron and steel, brewing, tanning, brick and tile making and lead mining. In Secret WrexhamJohn Idris Jones takes the reader on a tour of the town's past, illustrated by his own photographs. Here you'll me..
Well known for its lace industry and connections to notable figures such as John Bunyan and John Howard, the county town of Bedford has a long and fascinating history. Here you will discover the grim stories behind the gallows of Bedford Gaol, encounter the drama of the Great Flood of 1823, and find..
Famous for its breathtaking mountain scenery, beautiful beaches, ancient culture and heritage, North Wales is a region with huge appeal. From the delights of the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog to the wild landscapes of the Snowdonia National Park, this book takes the reader on a fascinating journe..
The Jaguar XK120 caused a sensation at the 1948 London Motor Show with its stunning appearance and the startling performance on tap from the innovative XK engine. Although the captivating roadster had been intended as a limited volume showcase for the technically advanced powerplant, unprecedented c..
The forefather of Alvis, T. G. John & Co. Ltd, was founded in 1919 by Thomas George John and became the Alvis Car & Engineering Company Ltd in December 1921. The company's first production car, the Alvis 10/30, was introduced in 1920 and helped establish a reputation for quality workmanship and high..
The Midland Main Line (MML) links London's St Pancras station to the East Midlands cities of Leicester, Derby and Nottingham. It then heads northwards through Chesterfield to Sheffield. Along the way, its southern section sees an extensive service of chiefly commuter services linking Bedford, Luton ..
An eminent early preservationist, John Crawley was able to amass an enviable photographic archive of steam traction engines and road rollers in their working days, of which this Aveling & Porter selection formed just a part. Organiser of over eighty steam rallies, John saved up to thirty steam tract..
Shrewsbury boasts a long and eventful history and has more than its fair share of secrets locked away among its medieval streets and distinctive narrow passages, known locally as 'shuts'. The town grew prosperous from the wool trade thanks to its position on the River Severn, which allowed it access..
Widnes History Tour is a unique insight into the fascinating history of this industrial town and shows just how much it has changed during the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Readers are invited to follow local authors and historians Jean and John Bradburn as they guide them throug..
Central Manchester History Touris a unique insight into the fascinating history of the former 'Second City of the British Empire', showing just how much it has changed during the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Readers are invited to follow local authors and historians Jean and Joh..
Today Hastings (and neighbouring St Leonards-on-Sea) is a busy seaside town, popular with holidaymakers and day trippers wanting to soak up its coastal heritage and historic charm. Known to many for the famous battle of 1066, which was not actually fought at Hastings, the town has so much more to of..
The Shropshire town of Oswestry, lying close to the Welsh border, has long been significant and its history reveals its mixed Welsh and English heritage. At one time part of the Welsh kingdom of Powys, Oswestry's history stretches back into the Bronze Age and it is the site of one of the best-preser..
Bury St Edmunds is a proud and traditional medieval market town that has managed to preserve its identity in the face of post-war modernisation, and today attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy its unique charms. St John's Street was saved by concerned residents in 1971 and is still full of distin..
Jarrow has a rich history going back well over a thousand years, but the town is best known for its long-term association with shipbuilding. Charles Mark Palmer established a shipyard - Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company - in 1852 and became the first armour-plate manufacturer in the world. John ..
What can be said about what is probably 'the' fantasy adventure series of the sixties? Beginning in 1961, the series ran until 1969. Most items of Avengers merchandise were issued in a two-year period, 1966-67, coinciding with the show's most popular pairing of John Steed and Emma Peel. This is a ..
Cornwall is a popular holiday destination best known for its dramatic coastal scenery and wonderful beaches. In this book, John Husband takes the reader on a tour of the places situated off the beaten track to discover the essence and true character of Cornwall. The coastal path takes us to dramatic..
Although 50 years have passed since the end of World War II, there has as yet been no definitive history of that conflict. Existing histories have raised as many questions as they answer: Did Roosevelt have foreknowledge of the attack on Pearl Harbour? Could the Allies have invaded France before 194..
'He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it - you can see it all over their faces' - Ron Atkinson'Rugby is a good occasion for keeping thirty bullies far from the city centre' - Oscar WildeWhether over the moon or sick as a parrot, sportsmen and women can invariably be relied upon to come ..
The third book in Jean Plaidy's epic Plantagenet series.At the age of thirty-two, Richard the Lionheart has finally succeeded Henry II to the English throne. And, against his father's wishes, he intends to make Berengaria, daughter of the King of Navarre, his Queen.But first he must fulfil his vow t..
This is a book on the Russian Revolution with a difference. It unites the formal history and the individual memoir by telling the story of 1917 in the words of eyewitnesses who say history in the making. They witnessed two revolutions - the overthrow of Tsarism in March and the Bolshevik seizure of ..