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Postcards from the Front

Postcards from the Front: 1914-1919

Postcards as a medium of correspondence became popular in the early years of the twentieth century. This soon became a flood as hundreds of thousands of postcards found their way into the postal system as the Edwardian era progressed. With the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, it was only natural that the sending of postcards would spill over into the battlefields of the Western Front and Britain’s Home Front. Postcards from the Front 1914-1919 captures the essence of this medium in a unique and fascinating way, bringing to life the pathos, the trauma. and the mud and the blood of Flanders and France as the embattled Tommies, airmen and nurses wrote home to their loved ones. It is a book that humanises the soldiers, many of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home. The book also includes extensive appendices on how to identify and research postcards from the battlefields of the First World War, to reveal the story of your own ancestors’ war.

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Brentwood and Around Through TimeBrentwood and Around Through Time also includes the towns and villages of Great and Little Warley, Shenfield and Hutton.  Brentwood is the principal town in the Essex borough of Brentwood. The town was established in the twelfth century as a clearing within the great forest of Essex, which covered much of the area. Wood was burnt here (hence ‘burnt wood’) and people settled in the vicinity, attracted initially by the old Roman road from London to Colchester. The fledging medieval town became popular with pilgrims travelling from the north and east of England on their quest to worship at the shrine of St Thomas à Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. During the Peasants’ Revolt of the 1380s, some of the agitators met in the town’s inns and it was in Brentwood that the first event of the revolt took place.  The arrival of the railway in 1840 had a major impact on the town, providing fast links to London and bringing new industry. Brentwood is the home of many famous faces and places, including being the setting of cult reality television programme The Only Way Is Essex. In Brentwood & Around Through Time author Kate Cole invites the reader on a captivating photographic journey of old and new. The book showcases many historical places and everyday life in Brentwood and the surrounding area, including Hutton, Shenfield, and Warley.

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Billericay and Around Through TimeBillericay and Around Through Time also includes the villages of Stock, Great Burstead & South Green and Little Burstead. Billericay, occupied since the Bronze and Iron Ages, is an established parish in the Basildon borough of Essex. It is also part of the London Basin and was created in the thirteenth century. Its most notable historical episode took place in 1381 when Richard II’s soldiers defeated Essex rebels at Norsey Wood, which ended the Peasant’s Revolt. The coming of the railway in 1889 had a major impact on Billericay, providing great links to London and Southend-on-Sea. Billericay is the home of many famous faces and places, including being the setting for the well-known TV series Gavin and Stacey. Ian Drury and the Blockheads song ‘Billericay Dickie’ also pin-pointed the area, as did George Orwell’s novel Down and Out in Paris and London, which gives mention to the town.

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Saffron Walden and Around Through TimeSaffron Walden and Around Through Time also includes the villages of Littlebury, Audley End and the Chesterfords. Saffron Walden is a picturesque, medieval town, in north-west Essex. It has a rich heritage of old buildings, with over 300 listed, reflecting its wealth as a rural market town. Established in the Bronze Age, Saffron Walden flourished following Anglo-Saxon occupation and a market has been held here since 1141. Once known as Chipping Walden, Saffron Walden gained its name from the precious saffron crocus it became famous for growing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Follow the fascinating history of Saffron Walden, and its surrounding villages including Audley End, Littlebury, Wendens Ambo and the Chesterfords. Fully illustrated Saffron Walden & Around Through Time shows how the area has changed over time and is essential reading for those who are interested in the area’s history and built heritage.

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Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through TimeSudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through Time: Set in the heart of the Stour Valley, Sudbury is an ancient market town situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. During the late Middle Ages, the town was a centre for the weaving and silk industries, the wealth of which led to many great houses and churches being built, giving the town a major historical legacy. Sudbury became notable for its art in the eighteenth century, being the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough and the inspiration of John Constable. The nearby settlements of Long Melford and Lavenham are also noted for their spectacular churches and are popular destinations for day-trippers. Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through Time explores the history and beauty of this scenic area, showcasing how it has developed over the years.

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Bishop's Stortford Through TimeBishop’s Stortford Through Time:From its earliest days, Bishop’s Stortford was an important commuter town, something that continues up to the present day. With transport links to the City, and London Stanstead providing access to the rest of the world, Bishop’s Stortford is a town on the rise. After becoming a pawn in the disputes between King John and the Pope in the thirteenth century, Bishop’s Stortford developed into a thriving market town in the Middle Ages. The opening of the Sort Navigation in 1769, along with the introduction of the railway in the nineteenth century, further increased its prosperity, and Bishop’s Stortford continues to thrive today. Featuring full colour images and fantastic vintage postcards, Bishop’s Stortford Through Time takes the reader on a fascinating journey of the town’s history and how it became what it is today.

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