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Books & Media

English Heritage publishes fascinating and authoritative books on all aspects of England's rich history. Buildings, cities, seaside resorts, architects, archaeology, sport and industry are just some of the subjects covered.

Our English Heritage Guidebooks visit some of our country's greatest sites, combining in-depth history with tours, maps and other useful information. We also have some great history books for children of all ages, from colourful pictorial guides our Englsih Heritage exclusive ‘Mr. Men The Great British Tour’.

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Guidebook: Bury St Edmunds Abbey image
Guidebook: Bury St Edmunds Abbey
Bury St Edmunds Abbey was one of the greatest abbeys in East Anglia and one of the richest in England. It derived its name from King Edmund of East Anglia, who was martyred by the Danes in 870 and who...


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Guidebook: Chysauster and Carn Euny
Chysauster and Carn Euny comprise groups of stone-walled homesteads known as courtyard houses. Each house had an open central courtyard surrounded by a number of rooms roofed with turf or thatch. A fe...


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Art Deco Interiors
By the time of the great Paris Exhibition of 1925, the idea that an interior and its furnishings should form a complete design - a "total look" - dominated the thinking of both designers and...


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Guidebook: Kirkham Priory
The striking ruins of Kirkham Priory in North Yorkshire have a fascinating history. This community of Augustinian priors survived an early attempt to transfer them to the more widespread Cistercian or...


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Guidebook: Portland Castle
Portland Castle was built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 to protect an important anchorage known as the 'Portland Roads'. It was one of a series of coastal fortresses designed to protect ...


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Guidebook: Bayham Abbey
Situated in the picturesque wooded valley of the River Teise, this impressive abbey was built in the 13th century by Premonstratensian monks. In the 18th century the ruins were landscaped to provide a...


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Guidebook: Kirby Hall
Kirby Hall is one of the finest houses built in the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century. The Hall was begun by Sir Humphrey Stafford in 1570 but later completed by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Ch...


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Guidebook: Lyddington Bede House
The surviving building was a wing of a medieval rural palace of the Bishops of Lincoln. The estate included fishponds and a deer park. In 1600 this building became an almshouse for 12 poor men, two wo...


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Guidebook: Finchale Priory
Finchale Priory owes its origins to one remarkable man: St Godric, who founded a hermitage on the spot where the priory now stands after a life full of adventure and travel, and lived a solitary exist...


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Guidebook: Haughmond Abbey
The two Shropshire abbeys of Haughmond and Lilleshall were both communities of Augustinian canons founded in the 12th century. Both are typical of the middle rank of English monasteries and display th...


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Guidebook: Medieval Bishops' Palace, Lincoln
The Palace of Medieval Bishops of Lincoln was one of the most impressive buildings of the Middle Ages. The bishops were great princes of the Church and the palace reflected their power and influences....


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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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Art Deco Architecture: Design, Decoration and Detail from the Twenties and Thirties
An exploration of art deco architectural design, embracing many different times and places in its summary of the movement's origins, development and influence. Various types of architecture, the a...


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Guidebook: Furness Abbey And Piel Castle
The extensive red sandstone ruins of Furness Abbey are set in the beautiful wooded Vale of Nightshade. By the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s, Furness was the second richest Ci...


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Horrible Histories Dark Knights & Dingy Castles
History with the nasty bits left in! Dark Knights and Dingy Castles takes you charging back to the days of chivalry, when knights clanked about in shining armour waving weird weapons, peasants cleaned...


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Guidebook: Chiswick House and Gardens
Chiswick House is one of the finest Palladian villas in England. Designed in the 1720s by the third Earl of Burlington, and set in gardens laid out with advice from William Kent, it provided a setting...


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CD Sophistication
An exclusive selection of 21 tracks featuring songs from the sophisticated thirties. Includes well-known favourites written by Cole Porter and George Gershwin and sung by stars of the day including Fr...


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Guidebook: Silchester Roman Town
Silchester in Hampshire is one of the best preserved Roman towns in Britain. It originated as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age tribe of the Atrebates from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman con...


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The Repair of Historic Buildings
A revised work offering comprehensive advice on how damage from inadequate maintenance can be avoided. It remains aware that a programme of repair must take into account a building's unique charac...


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Radiocarbon Dates: 2004 - 2007
This volume holds a datelist of 647 radiocarbon determinations carried out between 2004 and 2007 in support of research funded by English Heritage throught the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund. It ...

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