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The shop’s extensive collection of titles puts centuries of history right at your fingertips. Our books and journals cover a broad range of interests, from buildings and archaeology to sport and industry. You’ll also find the distinctive English Heritage Guidebooks for an in-depth look at some of the country’s greatest sites. For younger readers, there are plenty of quirky tales and adventures from history, including the best-selling Horrible Histories.

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Traditional Crafts and Industries in East Anglia image
Traditional Crafts and Industries in East Anglia
East Anglia is an area of England renowned for its wide horizons, vast skies and extensive areas of wetland a place where the land, sea and sky are beautifully intermingled. Hallam Ashley, a talented ...


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Guidebook: Battle Abbey
The Battle of Hastings, 14th October 1066, was the most famous battle fought on English soil. William the Conqueror built Battle Abbey on the spot where King Harold died, and it thrived as a Benedicti...


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Guidebook: Rievaulx Abbey
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 and was the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England. It soon became one of the most famous centres of monasticism in Britain and was home to a community of ov...


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Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories
In the winter of 2016, English Heritage sent some of the UK’s finest contemporary writers to stay at different historical sites across the UK. From Max Porter at Eltham Palace to Mark Haddon dee...


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Photographing Historic Buildings
This book looks at what motivates us to take photographs and at some of the methods of using the camera to do so successfully. It also examines some standards that should be applied to the photographs...


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Guidebook: Cleeve Abbey
Cleeve Abbey, by archaeologist Stuart Harrison and Dr Michael Carter, Senior Historian at English Heritage, examines the architecture and history of this Cistercian abbey in Somerset, which contains s...


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Guidebook: Hailes Abbey
Hailes Abbey, by Dr Michael Carter, Senior Historian at English Heritage, explores the architecture, history and royal connections of this important Cistercian abbey in Gloucestershire, which came to ...


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Guidebook: Chysauster and Carn Euny Ancient Villages
From the middle of the nineteenth century, pioneering antiquarians began to take an interest in the curious remains of stone-walled ‘courtyard’ houses found only in the far south-west of C...


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Guidebook: Marble Hill House
Marble Hill House was built between 1724 and 1729 for Henrietta Howard, mistress of George II, who later became Countess of Suffolk. In this idyllic Thames-side setting she entertained many of the poe...


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Art Deco Patterns to Colour
Explore the glamorous and fashionable Art Deco era in this gorgeous book full of stylish patterns to colour. It includes information about 1920s design and the colour palette of the time, from day-to-...


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Art Deco Tiles
Art Deco was arguably the twentieth century's most popular and memorable design movement, and has come to define the inter-war period with its clean sleek lines, streamlined shapes, bold abstract ...


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Stonehenge - Earth and Sky
Stonehenge – Earth and Sky tells the story in broad terms of Stonehenge from the discoveries long buried in the earth to the numerics and alignment. Key Features: 48 pages Paperback ...


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Children's World War Two Pack
The Second World War changed the lives of millions of men, women and children. Nearly 2 million children were evacuated over the course of the war and each child was given a variety of items to help t...


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Victoria & Abdul
Now a major feature film starring Dame Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul originally published in 2010, tells the true story of how a young Indian servant came to play a central role at the heart of the...


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Guidebook: Richmond Castle & Easby Abbey
Richmond Castle, set spectacularly above the cliffs of the rive Swale, has long been celebrated as one of the great ruins of northern England. About a mile downstream are the remains of St Agatha'...


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The Adventures of King Arthur
Young readers can enjoy the medieval legend of King Arthur, carefully written for children starting to read alone. These exciting tales follow Arthur as he rules his kingdom, falls in love and tries t...


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Collins Nature Guide: Birds of Britain & Europe
Birds of Britain & Europe covers over 250 of the most common birds found in Britain and Europe. Each species is illustrated and described in detail in the text. The birds are organized by size, an...


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Guidebook: Apsley House
Apsley House was once the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington. The house has been a national shrine to the victor of Waterloo almost from the day the duke bought it in 1817, two years after the battle....


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William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
The most versatile British designer of the 18th century, William Kent (1685-1748) created a style for a new nation and monarchy. The scope of his achievements encompasses architecture, palatial interi...


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The Tudor Garden
Contrived, colourful and cultured, the Tudor garden was a paradise on earth, given over to pleasurable pastimes and aesthetic effect. Artificiality was the fashion of the age, with clipped and twining...


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