Suggested Reading List
Gardens of the Lake District
Author: Tim Longville
Description: Thanks to its dramatic landscape and unique conditions, the Lake District has a long history of distinguished gardens in many different styles. While the lakes and mountains make unbeatable backdrops, the reliable moisture and peaty soil are ideal for a large range of plants. This book features over 40 gardens, all open to the public, that exemplify this heritage.
Among the gardens are 17th-century Levens Hall, renowned for its topiary; picturesque gardens such as Rydal Hall; woodland and parkland gardens; gardens made by Wordsworth and Ruskin; grand 19th-century rhododendron gardens; elaborate gardens designed by or in the style of Thomas Mawson; and contemporary plantsman's gardens. On the western coastline there are gardens in Mediterranean or subtropical styles.
The garden descriptions include each owner's choice of favourite plants, with explanations of the plants' virtues and the purposes and situations for which they are suited. Taking readers beyond the lakes and fells to some less well-known treasures, this book is for gardeners and visitors to the area alike.
Houses of the Lake District
Author: Christopher Holloway and Douglas Sutherland
Description: The houses and castles of the Lake District, secreted among the lakes and fells, are inextricably linked with their dramatic setting. Many are architecturally distinguished, even more have intriguing tales to tell. In this book Christopher Holliday explores in detail the history and architecture of the houses and the personal stories of their owners through the centuries right up to the present day. Clive Boursnell's stunning photographs capture the houses, inside and out, their gardens and their setting. Houses covered include: Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall, Blackwell, Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Dove Cottage, Rydal, Mirehouse, Brantwood, Hill Top, and many more.
Voices of Barrow and Furness
Author: Alice Leach
Description: Barrow-in-Furness grew from a tiny hamlet into the largest iron and steel centre on the world, as well as a major shipbuilding centre, in just forty years. Still home to the busiest shipyard in England, Barrow retains many of the spacious streets and fine buildings that were part of the nineteenth-century planned town, and despite changing economic factors over the years it still has much to offer resident and visitor alike. "Voices from Barrow and Furness" draws together memories of life on the Furness peninsula - in Barrow itself, and Dalton and Askham, as well as the villages - from a wide range of people who have fascinating tales to tell. Among their number are shopkeepers, an MP, a vicar, an undertaker, a zookeeper, a councillor, and entrepreneur and a midwife, to name just a few. The stories they recall, collected by members of the Barrow Oral History Group, will rekindle memories for anyone who has lived in this area for more than a few years, and will be an eye-opener for any new arrivals who want to find out more about the history of Furness. "Voices from Barrow and Furness" is illustrated with a wonderful selection of photographs that capture the spirit of this unique area over the past hundred years or so.
The Abbeys and Priories of England
Author: TWT Tutton and John Leach
Description: "The Abbeys and Priories of England" is a celebration of the history and architecture of some of the finest religious buildings in England. Two hundred specially commissioned, full-colour photographs capture the personality of these magnificent buildings, once home to closed communities and now focal points for the surrounding populace and heritage lovers. Together with the lively and informative text, written by one of England's foremost experts on religious buildings' history and design, this is a comprehensive and absorbing guide. Packed with little-known facts and stories of the people who lived in and worked on these buildings, and with an array of stunning images, this book is the perfect souvenir for overseas or UK visitors, or anyone with an interest in English history and architecture.
Mist over Pendle
Author: Robert Neill
Description: Seventeenth century England is a place of superstition and fear.
Deep in the Forest of Pendle, people have been dying in mysterious circumstances. The locals whisper of witchcraft, but Squire Roger Nowell, in charge of investigating the deaths, dismisses the claims as ridiculous. Until a series of hideous desecrations forces Roger and his cousin Margery to look further into the rumours. And what they discover brings them face to face with the horrifying possibility that a coven of witches is assembling, preparing to unleash a campaign of evil and destruction...
Robert Neill's novel is a classic tale of witchcraft set in a wild inaccessible corner of Lancashire and in a time when the ancient fear of demons and witches was still a part of life... and death.
A History of the Pendle Witches and Their Magic: Wicked Enchantments
Author: Joyce Froome
Description: The Pendle witchcraft case is a compelling human story, and also provides a dramatic insight into the importance of magic in the lives of our ancestors. This book offers a detailed account of the extraordinary events that took place in Lancashire in 1612, focusing on James and Alizon Device, the teenage brother and sister at the centre of the case. It draws on a wealth of sources, including books of magic and trial records, to evoke a world of magicians and cunning folk, of charms, divination and familiar spirits. It is illustrated with photographs of magical objects in the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, and of a modern family recreating seventeenthcentury spells and rituals. Taking a thought-provoking new approach to the history of witchcraft, it conjures a vivid picture of what it was like to be someone who practised magic during the witch-hunts.
Historic Parks and Gardens in and Around South Yorkshire
Author: Joan and Mel Jones
Description: This pioneering volume contains general chapters on the development of deer parks, landscaped parks and public parks, ornamental and kitchen gardens and short histories and visitor guides to nearly 30 historic parks and gardens open to the public. Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, Historic Parks & Gardens in and around South Yorkshire is essential reading for all South Yorkshire residents and the many visitors to the region with an interest in local and garden history and those who care about the preservation and conservation of the region's park and garden heritage. Joan and Mel Jones have co-authored a dozen books on the local and landscape history of South Yorkshire. Their most recent publications are The Remarkable Gatty Family of Ecclesfield (2003) and Picturing the Past (2004). Joan is Secretary of the Chapeltown and High Green Archive. Mel is Visiting Professor in landscape history at Sheffield Hallam University and a regular broadcaster on local history on BBC Radio Sheffield.
Author: Hunter Davies
Description: More than any other poet, Wordworth was his own biographer, and told his story through his verse. This work on the poet's entire life and times, first published in 1980, remains the only full-length popular biography. It draws upon the letters and diaries of Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, and of their contemporaries Coleridge and Southey. Hunter Davies also draws upon his own knowledge of the Lake District, which featured so strongly in Wordsworth life, to present a complete portrait of England's best known poet.
A Walk Around the Lakes: A Visit to Britain's Lake District
Author: Hunter Davies
Description: Hunter Davies walked among its mountains and valleys and rediscovered what he thought he knew welll. In A Walk Around the Lakes he retells his long and extraordinary journey, recapturing the varied beauty of the land and the people he met along the way. Using Wordsworth himself as a second narrative, he offers a complete and alluring appreciation of the Lake District and its great heritage past and present, whether you are walking or not.