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Links and Books

Wherever possible links and other reference material are now listed on the relevant pages.

General

Links and Books covering the whole country.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • The Folly Fellowship
      In addition to a wealth of folly related information, this site also hosts a set of Google Earth Folly Maps charting over 500 follies. More than you can shake a stick at?
      http://www.follies.org.uk/follymaps.htm
    • The Gough Map
      A digital version of one of the earliest maps to show Britain in a geographically recognizable form.
      http://www.goughmap.org/map/
    • Mapping Our Shores
      Fascinating set of land usage maps produced for the National Trust in 1965 for what is now the Neptune Coastline Campaign, together with overlays showing the current usage.
      http://nattrust.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=ca69d4da0e8a4bccb175bdca68d5d520
    • Bing Maps
      OS now charges to access to the maps the taxpayers of yore funded. However they are free on MS Bing Maps.
      https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmaps/
  • Recommended Books

    • Eccentric Britain by Ben Le Vay
      follies, bizarre buildings, peculiar pubs, curious ceremonies, etc
    • Good Pub Guide by Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley
      Tendency to confuse a Good Pub with a Good Restaurant, but useful none the less
    • Lonely Planet Wales
      Guide to Wales
    • Lonely Planet: Britain
      Includes coverage of outdoor activities, British history, architecture and literature, plus Welsh and Gaelic language sections
    • Lonely Planet: England
      Guide to England aimed at people on a variety of budgets
    • Good Beer Guide by Roger Protz
      In general I find, pubs that look after the beer, look after the customers
    • The Making of the English Landscape by W G Hoskins
      Seminal work on the historical evolution of the English landscape [Currently out of print]

Walking

Links and Books covering the countryside and open spaces.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Rights of way and accessing land
      Government site detailing 'open access' areas designated under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
      https://www.gov.uk/right-of-way-open-access-land/use-your-right-to-roam
    • Natural England
      Natural England is a government body that brings together what were English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service.
      https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/natural-england
    • Forestry Commission
      Details of the forests and woodlands in the care of this government department
      http://www.forestry.gov.uk/
    • National Trails
      A guide to what used to be called 'Long Distance Footpaths' before they let the cyclists and horse riders in.
      http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/
    • The National Trust
      Details of 248,000 hectares of countryside, almost 600 miles of coastline and more than 200 buildings
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
    • National Trust - Activties - Walking
      The National Trust walks database.
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/walking

Places

Links and Books covering tourist attractions and other places of interest.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Culture24
      Thousands of UK museums, galleries, archives and libraries, all in one place.
      http://www.culture24.org.uk/
    • Cadw
      The historic environment agency of the Welsh Assembly
      http://cadw.gov.wales/?lang=en
    • The Churches Conservation Trust
      Information on over 330 supported churches
      https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/
    • English Heritage
      Details of the large number of sites protected by this former Government body now a charity
      http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/
    • Friends of Friendless Churches
      Details of 30 or so Churches and Chapels
      http://friendsoffriendlesschurches.org.uk/
    • The Historic Chapels Trust
      Details of 15 chapels
      https://www.hct.org.uk/
    • Heritage Great Britain PLC
      Owns and operates six popular landmark attractions in the British Isles
      http://www.heritagegb.co.uk/
    • Historic Houses Association
      Online directory of over 350 of properties.
      http://www.hha.org.uk/
    • Historic Environment Scotland
      Information on more than 300 properties
      https://www.historicenvironment.scot/
    • National Mills Weekend - Mills Open to Visitors
      This website lists a selection of the 450-odd wind and watermills which open to the public either regularly or occasionally, throughout the United Kingdom. Some of the mills listed are only open on National Mills Weekend, but others open on regular days each month.
      http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk/
    • The National Trust
      Details of 248,000 hectares of countryside, almost 600 miles of coastline and more than 200 buildings
      https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
    • Trinity House
      Details of all Trinity House's activities including the Visitor Centres and Self-catering Cottages. Details of all lights are in the 'Interactive' section.
      https://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/
  • Recommended Books

Buildings

Links and Books covering building conservation, architecture, etc.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Looking at Buildings
      Looks interesting. Created by the Pevsner Architectural Guides
      http://www.lookingatbuildings.org.uk/
    • SAVE Britain's Heritage
      Campaigns for threatened historic buildings
      http://www.savebritainsheritage.org/

Industry

Links and Books covering heritage railways and other idustrial sites.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • UK Heritage Railways
      Comprehensive listing of all preserved railways, tramways and rolling stock in the UK with links to the individual railway sites
      http://www.heritagerailways.com/
    • Rail Map online
      Comprehensive map of all UK railways past and present overlaid on to Google Maps. Also covers Western USA.
      http://www.railmaponline.com/
    • Railway Ramblers
      The groups aims are: * To discover, explore and document disused railway lines * To encourage interest in the walking and conservation of disused railway lines * To bring to the attention of the appropriate authorities those disused lines which we consider to be suitable for conversion into public footpaths or cycleways * To promote signposting, clearing of undergrowth etc. on converted lines * To create regional groups of the club throughout the United Kingdom, with Regional Secretaries to organise local activities * To disseminate up to date information through reports and newsletters, etc. * To respect private property and the Country Code at all time
      http://www.railwayramblers.org.uk/
    • Smugglers' Britain
      Whole load of info on smuggling - which I suppose was an industry of sorts
      http://www.smuggling.co.uk/
    • waterscape.com
      The Canal and River Trust's comprehensive guide to Britain's canals and navigable rivers.
      https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/
  • Recommended Books

    • The Landscape Trilogy by L T C Rolt
      Autobiography of one of the pioneers of industrial preservation, if not the pioneer. Proto-hippy born before his time.
    • Narrow Boat by L T C Rolt
      The book that in many ways started the whole preservation movement. Tom Rolt's journeys on the canals of Britain between the wars when they were still a working network.

Photography

Other photography sites.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Howling Coyotes
      Web site of an old school friend of mine, Andrew Neighbour, who is now a professional photographer in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
      http://www.howling-coyotes.com/

Other Bits and Pieces

Anything that does not fit in anywhere else.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Krystal Hosting Ltd
      My web site hosting service
      https://krystal.co.uk/
    • Strange Maps
      Excellent blog covering all sorts of odd maps.
      http://bigthink.com/articles?blog=strange-maps
    • W3 Schools
      Excellent up-to-date reference source for all things webby. The tutorials are probably a bit thin to get you started, but once your up and running, everything is here.
      http://www.w3schools.com/
    • Zen Internet
      My ISP
      https://www.zen.co.uk/
  • Recommended Books