Bradshaw's Handbook available now from Minehead Buffer Stop Shop
(14/02/2012 @ 14:34:00)
Collector’s item, landmark in the history of the tour guide, snapshot of Britain in the 1860s – Bradshaw’s Handbook deserves a place on the bookshelf of any traveller, railway enthusiast, historian or anglophile. The publication is now available from the Minehead Buffer Stop Shop. Produced as the British railway network was reaching its zenith, and as tourism by rail became a serious pastime for the better off, it was the first national tourist guide specifically organized around railway journeys, and to this day offers a glimpse through the carriage window at a Britain long past. This is a facsimile of the actual book – often referred to as ‘Bradshaw’s Guide’ – that inspired the ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ television series, possibly the only surviving example of the 1863 edition. It is an exact copy with a removable belly-band.
· Section One: Bradshaw’s Tours through the counties of Kent, Sussex, Hants, Dorset, Devon, The Channel Islands, and the Isle of Wight
· Section Two: Bradshaw’s Tours through the counties of Berks, Buckingham, Wilts, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucester, The South Wales Districts, Oxford, Warwick, Salop, Chester, Flint, Carnarvon, Anglesea, and through Ireland
· Section III: Bradshaw’s Tours through the counties of Hertford, Buckingham, Northampton, Warwick,Stafford, Chester, Lancaster, York, Cumberland, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Dumfries, Lanark, Ayr, and the Northern Counties of Scotland
· Section IV: Bradshaw’s Tours through the counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertford, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Lancaster (South East), York, Durham, Northumberland, Berwick, and the South-East Counties of Scotland.
Hardback; January 2012; 512 pages; ISBN: 9781908402028 Price £10.00