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Winchester: A Pictorial History

Tom Beaumont James

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ISBN : 9780850338089
Hardcover
128 pages
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194 b/w illustrations (predominently photographs) plus maps on front and back endpapers.From the front inside of the dustwrapper:“Winchester is world famous as the ancient capital of England. Much of the medieval heritage of the city survives today,More194 b/w illustrations (predominently photographs) plus maps on front and back endpapers.From the front inside of the dustwrapper:“Winchester is world famous as the ancient capital of England. Much of the medieval heritage of the city survives today, as revealed in the pages of this book, together with more recent scenes, in a series of pictures carefully selected to illustrate the development of Winchester and how it has changed through the centuries. Each picture has been meticulously researched, using an unprecedented range of sources, to provide a wealth of information and new insights into the city’s past.The book concentrates on the period since the 18th century, when the city was at its lowest ebb, with much of it lying derelict, through the burgeoning days of the last century [19th] when the population grew dramatically and the walled area filled up once more. Important early photographers such as William Savage and C.E.S. Beloe left a magnificent pictorial record, much of it published here for the first time.Finally, a series of specially commissioned modern views show how Winchester has so developed as to have earned the description ‘the wealthiest city in England’ by the 1980s.All who know the ancient city will enjoy this very readable and splendidly illustrated account of its past- whilst those with an interest in local history will welcome its examination of the city’s evolution over the past 250 years, together with the invaluable photographic archive it makes available and explains. The book is as entertaining as it is informative.”