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Kent - The County in Colour

Kent's reputation as the 'Garden of England' deservedly makes it amongst the most unspoilt and varied of counties, and it has long been in need of an up-to-date book of colour photographs capable of doing it justice. Few other counties can boast such a range of landscapes; none has so rich a history.

As the cradle of English Christianity, Canterbury's cathedral and narrow streets are often crowded with visitors, but the desolate North Kent marshes, the deep lanes that criss-cross the Weald, the windswept heights of the Downs - all of these evoke a county that is still essentially rural.

No period is neglected, from Saxon times to the present. But people as well as places have their part to play, and there could be no better introduction to those who do not know Kent, while even those who are familiar with it will be delighted by what are surely some of the most stunning photographs ever taken of an English county.

Kent, The County in Colour, Gregory Holyoake

ISBN/Cat.No: 978 187433 6754
Publisher: Dovecote Press
Published: Sep 2000 / Jun 2009

Price: £14.95

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Wellington at Walmer, Gregory Holyoake

ISBN/Cat.No: 978 072120 9708
Publisher: Regency Press (London & New York) Ltd
Published: Oct 1996

Price: £8.50

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Wellington at Walmer

For almost a quarter of a century ( 1829 - 1852 ), the Duke of Wellington in his role as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports resided for one third of every year at Walmer Castle.  There, he welcomed a host of visitors, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, at his `charming marine residence`.

The book explores the private life of the Iron Duke and highlights many intriguing aspects of his complicated personality, including his love of field sports, reckless driving, devotion to religion, concern for defence and fondness for children.

Although he lived a spartan regime at Walmer, he was a warm, generous host and his concern for his neighbours endeared him to the local community.  Yet all the time he paced the ramparts overlooking the English Channel to keep an ever watchful eye on his old arch enemy - France.

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