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About this book
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. 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