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Early photographers in Rugby

Early Photographers in Rugby - Now Available

This book started as an introduction to the author’s ‘The Speights of Rugby, Photographers’ which gave information on some of the other early photographers in Rugby.  Although none were as prolific, long lasting or technically competent as E H Speight and his family, they had interesting stories to tell.  Hopefully this booklet will provide an insight into those many other photographic businesses in Victorian and Edwardian Rugby. 

ISBN:  978-0- 9935910-2-0

A5, card cover, stapled, 68 pages with 67 colour and 65 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 7.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 7.00 incl. UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

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Kayes Lime and Cement Works, Long Itchington, Southam - A Brief History

The Oldham and later Kaye Lime and Cement Company at Long Itchington, was one of the most successful works in the Southam and Stockton area, and was active from the 1840s until 1934, when it went bankrupt and was bought by Rugby Cement and became their Southam works.  The quarry still supplies clay material to the present CEMEX Rugby cement plant.  This booklet draws on material from the Rugby Cement archive to tell the story of the works and some of its personnel. 

ISBN:  978-0-9935910-0-6

A5, card cover, stapled,  76 pages with 17 colour and 22 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 9.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 9.00 incl. UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

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Charles Nelson and Co., Lime and Cement Works, Stockton.   A Brief History

The Charles Nelson Cement Co works at Stockton, nr. Southam, was one of the larger works in the area, and was active from the 1850s until about 1945, when it was taken over by Rugby Cement, and closed except in name.  The area is now owned by Willow Wren Training who are reopening the canal arm and restoring the site.  This booklet draws on material from the Rugby Cement archive to tell the story of the works and some of its personnel. 

ISBN:  978-0-9935910-1-3

A5, card cover, stapled,  64 pages with 27 colour and 25 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 9.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 9.00 incl. UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!].

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The Speights of Rugby * - Photographers

[* and at Market Harborough, Nuneaton, Kettering, Leamington Spa, Redditch and    Sutton Coldfield]

Edward Hall Speight, headmaster turned photographer, worked in Rugby from the early 1870s.  His subjects ranged from town scenes to family groups, from the workhouse poor to local worthies, including the Brooke family and their son who was the famous Poet, Rupert Brooke.  Edward Hall Speight had eight children: his six sons and elder daughter all became photographers, as did one of his grand-daughters.  The sons were sent out “with five pounds, a bible and a tin trunk” and set up studios in Market Harborough, Exmouth, Nuneaton, Kettering, Leamington Spa, Redditch and Sutton Coldfield. 

ISBN:   978-0-9563350-1-2 

 A5 stapled booklet [left], card cover, c. 65 pages, with over 160 photographs and illustrations, most previously unpublished and many in colour.

Price per copy: UK Pounds 8.49 – or direct from the publisher at UK Pounds 7.00, including UK postage. [If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

John Dumbleton Pinfold and the Brickmakers of Rugby

Jonathan Dumbleton Pinfold and the Brick Makers of Rugby

[This includes details of the Collins, Haddon, Haswell, Parnell, Rathbone, Satchell, and Wakefield Families]

ISBN:  978-0-9563350-4-3

A5, card cover, stapled,  80 pages with 27 colour and 22 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 9.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 8.00 incl. UK postage and packing.   [N.B. If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

   
The Coal Merchants of Rugby, a History and Family History
The Coal Merchants of Rugby, A History and Family History

[including the Babbedge, Beasley, Hands, Jeayes, Jones and Jeffery Families]


ISBN: 978-0-9563350-5-0

A5, card cover, stapled, 79 pages with 25 colour and 39 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 9.49.  - Price direct from publisher UK Pounds 8.00 incl. UK postage and packing.   [N.B. If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]
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The Rugby Morris Men - A Brief History

The Rugby Morris Men were formed in 1946 for a one night show by members of a Country Dance Class at the Percival Guildhouse.  They decided to use their new skills and the Rugby Morris Men were a feature of the Rugby scene for the next ten years, until work moves, two tragically early deaths and changing circumstances led to their demise.  This history is based on their Logbook, archive material and reminiscences.  It provides a glimpse of Rugby leisure time in the later 1940s and early 1950s, in the days before television.
 

ISBN:   978-0-9563350-2-9 

 A5 stapled booklet [left], card cover, c. 50 pages, with over 45 photographs and illustrations, many previously unpublished and several colour.

Price per copy: UK Pounds, 5.99  or direct from the publisher at UK Pounds, 5.00  including UK postage and packing. [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

   
John Frearson of Manchester and Birmingham

John Frearson of Manchester and Birmingham - the forgotten socialist  c.1811-1888

John Frearson was born in Leicestershire, a chartist bookseller in Manchester, and buried in a Birmingham guinea grave.  A cutler and political speaker, he worked with Robert Owen in the 1830s and fled to America to avoid arrest in 1840.  Returning to Birmingham, making fastenings, he exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition; patented the cross-head [now Phillips] screw and introduced the Saturday half-holiday to Birmingham.  A radical socialist, he wrote for the Co-operator in the 1860s and wrote advising William Morris in the 1880s.  He also ran a temperance hotel and managed a French giant! 

ISBN:  978-0-9563350-8-1

A5, card cover, stapled,  64 pages with 8 colour and 21 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 7.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 6.50 incl. UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

Green Room Plaque

The Green Room Plaque

A Memorial to Twelve Actors of the First World War

This book summarises the careers of twelve actors  members of London’s Green Room Club.  They appeared on stage in UK, USA, South Africa and Australia, in light musicals and comedy and plays from Shakespeare to contemporary works.  They then served, and gave their lives, in the many different theatres of the First World War.  The memorial plaque was designed by Ferdinand Victor Blundstone who designed war and other memorials in Stalybridge, Folkestone, Manchester and London, as well as the sculptures at the Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium.

The Actors - Lionel MACKINDER - Frank SAKER - Arthur HOLMES-GORE - Arthur CURTIS - Basil HALLAM - Guy RATHBONE - Charles BIBBY - Marcus DRAPER - Leopold PROFEIT - Charles TREVOR-ROPER - Charles BLACKALL - Henry HARGREAVES.

 ISBN:  978-0-9563350-4-3

A5, card cover, stapled,  72 pages with 41 colour and 24 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 8.49. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 7.00 incl. UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add 50 pence to cover their commission charges; this is still less than the cost 1st class postage!]

The Tayler family of Northleach

The Tayler Family of Northleach, Gloucestershire - A Brief History 

(Also the related Walker, Dyer, Minchin, Acock and Frearson families)

Whilst there were many Tayler families in the Cotswolds, the family of main interest lived mainly in and around Northleach, Cold Aston (Aston Blank), Compton Abdale and Turkdean from at least the mid 1700s.  In Northleach they farmed, were auctioneers and ran the Cotswold Brewery.  They served and some lost their lives in the World Wars.   
Thanks to the generous assistance of members of the Tayler family and other researchers; libraries, archives and record offices, the story of the Taylers of Northleach can be told.

ISBN:   978-0-9563350-7-4 

A4, card cover, stapled,  68 pages with 95 colour and 43 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 19.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 17.50. including UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add UK Pounds 1.00 to cover any commission charges] 

Tle Loake family of Wilcote and Witney

The Loake Family  of Wilcote and Witney  
A family history of the descendents of the Desborough Loakes and the Hillyards from Northampton, and the Lists and Joslins from Devon    

The Loake (Lawke) family can be traced back to Desborough in the mid 1300s, and remained there for centuries.  In the mid-1800s, some migrated to London, Essex and later Oxfordshire.  They married with the Hillyard family, known for non-conformist ministers from Northamptonshire; and later with the List and Joslin families, paper-makers and farmers from Devonshire who migrated to Oxfordshire in the 1880s.   This brief history was inspired by a family gathering in 2012, of the descendents of the Loake family of Wilcote and Witney.  It draws upon family reminiscences, documents and photographs, and material deposited in County Record Offices and Archives.

ISBN:   978-0-9563350-3-6 

A4, card cover, stapled, 80 pages with approx. 71 colour and 78 B&W illustrations. 

Price per copy UK Pounds 16.99. - Price direct: from publisher UK Pounds 15.00. including UK postage and packing [N.B.  If paying by PayPal please add UK Pounds 1.00 to cover any commission charges] 

   

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