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by Tim Buxbaum Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2014)

Often hidden away or incorporated into other architectural features, icehouses are a largely forgotten part of our heritage. As winters warmed through the nineteenth century, and supplies of natural ice declined,...

The Tube

by Oliver Green Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2012)

From Norman Foster's remarkable station at Canary Wharf to the Yellow-brick vaults of Baker street to the Art Deco exuberance of Arnos Grove, London's tube stations are among its most distinctive and iconic...

Art Deco

by Eric Knowles Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2014)

Although usually associated with the 1920s and the '30s, in fact the Art Deco style had begun to emerge in France prior to the advent of the First World War. But it was during the interwar years that the style,...

The Country Blacksmith

by David L. McDougall Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2013)

The blacksmith was once crucial to village life, whether commissioned for the humblest repair, the most luxurious ironwork or even the odd anvil marriage. Occupying prime position in the village, the forge attracted...

St Edmund's Church and the Montagu Monuments

by Louise Allen Bloomsbury Publishing (August 01, 2016)

St Edmund's Church in the beautiful village of Warkton, Northamptonshire is an unassuming place Â? but it holds some of the most exquisite sculptures in all of Britain. Commissioned by the local Montagu family,...

GermanyÂ?s East Wall in World War II

by Neil Short & Adam Hook Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2015)

The East Wall was where the final battles for the stricken Third Reich were fought, amid scenes of utter carnage. Beginning life at the end of World War I, the wall became a pet project of Adolf Hitler's, whose...

LondonÂ?s Statues and Monuments

by Peter Matthews Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

The streets and public spaces of London are rich with statues and monuments commemorating the city's great figures and events Â? from Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and Sir Christopher Wren's Great Fire...

Covered Bridges

by Joseph D Conwill Bloomsbury Publishing (September 10, 2014)

Covered Bridges are historic pieces of American and Canadian rural history, gracing the countryside from Oregon to Tennessee and from California to New Brunswick and across Canada. In this lavishly illustrated...

Prefab Homes

by Elisabeth Blanchet Bloomsbury Publishing (October 10, 2014)

At the end of the Second World War Winston Churchill promised to manufacture half a million prefabricated bungalows to ease the housing shortage; in the end more than 156,000 temporary 'prefabs' were delivered....

The Lines of Torres Vedras 1809Â?11

by Ian Fletcher & Bill Younghusband Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

Following the battle of Bussaco on 27 September 1810 Wellington's heavily outnumbered troops began to withdraw towards Lisbon. By the evening of 9 October the British and Portuguese began to withdraw behind...

Medieval Heraldry

by Terence Wise & Richard Hook Bloomsbury Publishing (April 20, 2012)

Coats of arms were at first used only by kings and princes, then by their great nobles, but by the mid-13th century arms were being used extensively by the lesser nobility, knights and those who later came to...

Norman Stone Castles (2)

by Christopher Gravett & Adam Hook Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

Following the creation of the Duchy of Normandy, the Normans were soon introduced to the castle and they built them in large numbers. In the mid-11th century, other Norman adventurers began carving out dominions...

The Maginot Line 1928Â?45

by William Allcorn, Jeff Vanelle & Vincent Boulanger Bloomsbury Publishing (July 20, 2012)

The Maginot Line, the massive series of fortifications built by France in the 1930s to defend its borders with Germany and Italy, is perhaps the most maligned collection of fortifications ever built. Despite...

The Atlantic Wall (3)

by Steven J. Zaloga & Adam Hook Bloomsbury Publishing (November 20, 2015)

This book completes the story of one of the most formidable defensive lines in Europe in World War II, looking at the lesser known Mediterranean extension and describing how it was conceived of, built and used....

Cathedrals of Britain

by David Pepin Bloomsbury Publishing (January 10, 2016)

Cathedrals are awe-inspiring buildings. Most are grand medieval structures, while others appear simple and unpretentious Â? yet all were designed to reflect the glory of God and have a profound impact on us....


by Anna Pavord Bloomsbury Publishing (January 28, 2016)

Landskipping is a ravishing celebration of landscape, its iridescent beauty and its potential to comfort, awe and mesmerise. In spirit as Romantic as rational, Anna Pavord explores the different ways in which...