search menu
Railways and Rural Life

Railways and Rural Life


Product Code: 51193

In stock & ready to order

Order by 3pm for next day deliveryexc. Bank Holidays & Weekends

International Delivery Availablefrom £14.99

A contribution from the sale of this product helps us to secure this spectacular and unique heritage for future generations to enjoy.


This beautiful photography book records the work of Sydney Walter Alfred Newton, a commercial photographer who was based in Leicester in the late 19th and early 20th century. The young Newton recorded the London Extension of the Great Central Railway - the last main line - between Nottingham and London, travelling the route with his camera. Significantly, in addition to photographing the railway and its associated features, Newton also recorded the navvy community and the rural life in the villages along the course of the line. Railway interest, local history and social history intertwine to provide a unique picture of life in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire around the turn of the 20th century. This lavishly illustrated book, printed in striking black and white throughout, draws on the extensive archive holdings of English Heritage and the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland and offers a unique picture of our railway heritage.

"The photographs are excellently reproduced one to a page, with concise yet informative captions, and this book provides an outstanding picture record of not only a massive railway construction project, but also of ordinary rural life in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Buckinghamshire in the years around the turn of the century." Backtrack, April 2009.

Key Features:

  • Hardback
  • Extent: 216pp
  • 215 black and white illustrations
  • Published: November 2007
  • Out of Print - Aug 2016

Size: 280x220mm
Author: Andrew Sargent
Author 2: Gary Boyd-Hope
ISBN: 9781850749592

Customer Reviews

There have been no reviews for this item.

Write a review for Railways and Rural Life

Delivery Info

Standard Delivery £4.99: Applies to UK standard delivery rate only.
You can expect delivery by Royal Mail or Courier within 7 working days after placing your order.

Next Day Delivery (on orders placed before 3pm. Weekdays only) £6.99:
If order is placed before 3pm, you can expect delivery the following working day. Please note a signature is required.

Overseas Delivery from £14.99 (expect delivery within 28 days of placing your order):

  • United Kingdom Offshore and Scottish Highlands £14.99
  • Europe, E.U. Member £14.99
  • Europe, Non E.U. Member £14.99
  • US & Canada £16.99
  • Australia and New Zealand £18.99
  • R.O.W.2-6 £18.99

Please Note: Some countries may charge tax and duty. This is the responsibility of the customer.

We reserve the right not to deliver orders if we believe the address is not secure, for example, to a communal postal address, PO Box or if the customer has incorrectly applied the wrong shipping area. If this affects an order you placed, we will notify you as soon as possible. We may also request additional ID.

For further information regarding delivery please visit our Delivery Information page.

Please Note: Weekends and Bank Holidays (including Bank Holiday weekends) are NOT counted as working days.

step into England's story