Footsteps: the Cream of South Wiltshire Walks, edited by John Chandler, is a collection of the very best walks in some of the most spectacular and interesting countryside in southern England. Nine well-known local authors and walkers were invited to contribute their one or two favourite walks in south Wiltshire, and to enthuse about the landscape from their own standpoint – history, literature, geology, wildlife or archaeology. The result is a book of seventeen superb walks of varying lengths, scattered across South Wiltshire, from the Stourhead and Warminster areas in the west, to Downton, Stonehenge and Clarendon in the east. The contributors are Chris Cole, Victoria Coombes, Nick Cowen, Isobel Geddes, Roger Jones, Julian Richards, Rex Sawyer, Nigel Vile and Ken Watts, and the book has been edited by John Chandler, who includes three (editor’s privilege!) walks of his own. A pocket-size hardback with attractive, hard-wearing cover, the book includes full directions, illustrations and diagrammatic maps. Published September 2002, at £12.50, ISBN 0-946418-10-1. Paperback edition published July 2004, at £6.95, ISBN 0-946418-30-6.
Figures in a Wiltshire Scene, by Ken Watts, reveals the author’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Wiltshire’s associations with literary figures and other famous men and women, as well as his profound love of his native county. It is a massive work, the culmination of many years’ reading, meticulous research and exploration. It covers every part of Wiltshire, and describes famous people through every period of history, from the Roman emperor Vespasian, to the 20th-century etcher Robin Tanner and his wife Heather. Ken’s perceptive and appreciative portraits of his subjects in their local setting will make you explore Wiltshire in a completely new light. This handsome book, of 288 pages and nearly 200,000 words, is a hardback, with illustrations and a map, and fully indexed. Published September 2002, price £20.00, ISBN 0-946418-11-X. Paperback edition published 2005, at £9.95, ISBN 0-94618-34-9.
Marlborough and Eastern Wiltshire, by John Chandler. The long-awaited first part (of seven) of his planned county history, which goes under the series title: Wiltshire: a history of its landscape and people. It offers succinct but informative and well-researched histories of 34 Wiltshire parishes, from Aldbourne in the north to Tidworth in the south and Avebury in the west, including Marlborough, Ramsbury and Ludgershall. John has gained a reputation for the quality of his writing, and these lovingly written historical essays are complemented by exquisite, specially commissioned illustrations by Michael Charlton, as well as facsimiles of historic maps. The book, an elegant 288-page hardback with a striking cover, is the essential companion for everyone interested in this part of Wiltshire. Published September 2001, price £20.00, ISBN 0-946418-07-1. To sample the text of this book go to Collaborations page and follow the link to the Wiltshire County Council website.
The Nature of Knoyle: East Knoyle, the people and the place, by Anthony Claydon. The author has for many years been collecting material for a history of East Knoyle, and Hobnob Press (based in his village) is delighted to publish the fruits of his labour. Our village boasts not only a fine church and many picturesque cottages, but also an important Victorian mansion (Clouds) and many interesting connections. Sir Christopher Wren was born in a house, now demolished, near the centre of the village, and his father was our rector. Tony’s book is a substantial illustrated hardback of 208 pages, and a must for anyone who (like its publisher) is enchanted by this corner of south-west Wiltshire. Published in November 2002, price £12.50, ISBN 0-946418-13-6.
Warriors for the Working Day: Codford during Two World Wars, by Romy Wyeth. Twice in the twentieth century the Wiltshire villages of Codford St Mary and Codford St Peter were transformed by global conflict on an unprecedented scale. Not only did their own young men and women serve, fight, suffer and in some cases die, but from all over Britain and around the world men arrived to train for combat or to recover from wounds. Romy Wyeth, who is well known in the Codford area as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic historian, captures brief moments during momentous times when the world was aflame. Drawing on a wide variety of sources and many years of research, she tells the stories of ordinary people of extraordinary courage, of two settlements transformed and invaded as a result of war, and of the men who marched to war to fight and to die on far off battlefields. Warriors for the Working Day is an illustrated hardback, of 224 pages and similar in format to Little Imber on the Down. Published in November 2002 at £15, ISBN 0-946418-12-8.
A Higher Reality: The History of Shaftesbury's Royal Nunnery. John Chandler tells the story of England’s largest and (arguably) most important nunnery, and of the town that grew up alongside it. Shaftesbury enjoys one of the most striking and beautiful settings of any English town, and the site of its abbey church – its foundations exposed within a peaceful garden – has become a popular attraction for visitors and residents. The book was commissioned by the Friends of Shaftesbury Abbey to accompany the new museum opened on the site in 1999. It offers an absorbing and wide-ranging history of the abbey, its saint, its buildings and estates, the devotional and cultural life of its nuns, its downfall and rediscovery. There is much too about the origins and development of the town, including a guided walk in search of its history. Although intended for a popular readership the text is fully referenced with an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, which will prove invaluable to students of monastic and urban history. It is a profusely illustrated hardback book of 176 pages, published March 2003, price £9.95, ISBN 0-946418-14-4. Paperback edition published 2005, price £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-35-7.
Beyond a Cottage Window, by Mary Roberts. The author has lived in Rockley, a small hamlet on the Marlborough Downs, for over forty years and has amassed a huge store of rural wisdom and observation about wildlife, cottage gardening and the Wiltshire countryside. This beautifully produced 96-page paperback, illustrated by Michael Charlton, is her perceptive celebration, through the year, of ‘all things wise and wonderful’. Published October 2003, price £5.95, ISBN 0-946418-18-7.
Grandmother's Recipes: the Receipt-Book of Mary Jane Stratton, by Katy Jordan. Katy, a well-known folklorist, comes from an old Wiltshire family, and among her heirlooms is a book of recipes which she inherited from her grandmother (whom she never knew), Mary Jane was a cook in service during the Edwardian period 100 years ago. In this cookery book like no other, she has presented all the instructions as originally set out by Mary Jane, together with their adaptation for the modern kitchen (all tried, tested and tasted), and a wealth of family detail about Mary Jane herself and those for whom she cooked. Now you can turn the clock back and feast on home-cooked food as served up in Edwardian Wiltshire. An elegant hardback of 176 pages, with illustrations of the period and helpful hints from Mrs Beeton, Katy’s book was published in November 2003, price £12.50, ISBN 0-946418-17-9.
Devizes and Central Wiltshire, by John Chandler. Following the success and critical acclaim of volume 1 of John Chandler’s county history, ‘Wiltshire: Landscape and People’, volume 2 offers succinct, readable and perceptive histories of Devizes and 41parishes from Seend along Pewsey Vale to Wootton Rivers and south to Netheravon. Together the two volumes offer a history of every parish in Kennet District. With Victorian maps and sensitive illustrations by Michael Charlton this is a beautifully produced 288-page hardback, which must find its place on every Wiltshire bookshelf. Published December 2003, price £20, ISBN 0-946418-16-0.To sample the text of this book go to Collaborations page and follow the link to the Wiltshire County Council website.
The Floss on the Mill: the Re-awakening of a Watermill, by Desna Greenhow. Otterton Mill, in rural East Devon, ceased to grind flour in 1959, and was derelict and neglected when Desna Greenhow moved into the Mill House next door. This book celebrates her adventure over more than 25 years, of restoring it to working order and then creating in its buildings an extraordinary centre for arts and crafts, natural foods, education and entertainment. Her ‘milleress’s tale’, enticingly written (and exquisitely illustrated by artist Jed Falby), describes the joys and calamities of milling and catering, as well as the ups and downs of running a unique attraction, much loved by visitors and locals alike since it opened in 1977. Published March 2004, 144-page illustrated paperback, price £8.95, ISBN 0-946418-20-9.
Wiltshire Toll Houses, by Robert Haynes and Ivor Slocombe. When Robert Haynes, retired County Architect, died he was working on comprehensive surveys of milestones and toll houses in Wiltshire,. His work on toll houses has been completed and brought to publication by a former colleague, Ivor Slocombe. There may once have been around 200 toll houses in Wiltshire, but many were demolished soon after the abolition of turnpike roads during the 1860s – 1880s, and others have succumbed to later road improvements. This book, fully illustrated with modern and historic photographs, describes all Wiltshire toll houses still existing (48) or known to have existed (over 70) alongside roads in Wiltshire. Publication April 2004, paperback (110 pages), price £6.50, ISBN 0-946418-21-7.
Collett's Farthing Newspaper: the Bowerchalke Village Newspaper, 1878-1924, by Rex Sawyer. This is the story of a newspaper like no other, written and printed every week for over forty years in a remote south Wiltshire village by its remarkable vicar, the Revd Edward Collett. Rex Sawyer, Hobnob’s bestselling author of Little Imber on the Down, lived in Collett’s former vicarage and found the remains of the printing press, among much else, buried in the garden. The discovery led him to search out the newspapers and reveal the fascinating social history told in its pages, of a village as it responded to the relentless changes of English rural life. Accompanied by many of Collett’s photographs, preserved in albums in the village, this is a beautifully and touchingly written book. First published (as The Bowerchalke Parish Papers) in 1989, it has long been out of print, and for this new edition Rex has thoroughly revised the text, included more photographs, and added an epilogue bringing Bowerchalke’s story up to the present. Publication May 2004, casebound (176 pages), price £12.50, ISBN 0-946418-22-5.
Coming of Age in Anna Valley, by Mary Pierce.
Mary Pierce was seven in 1938. As a small child in a small Hampshire village she grew up into a big world through a big war. Sensitively told and delicately illustrated, this is her account of coming of age in wartime and coming to terms with a grown-up world. It will strike a chord with everyone of her generation, and offer many insights (for those too young to remember) into ordinary life under extraordinary circumstances. Published May 2004, paperback (157 pages), price £6.95, ISBN 0-946418-23-3.
Salisbury: history around us, by John Chandler. One of England’s best loved and most admired cities, Salisbury has an unusual and fascinating past, and much of it can still be savoured in its historic buildings and streets. John Chandler’s concise history and guide, engagingly written and lavishly illustrated, has been a favourite introduction to the city since it was first published in 1992. Now completely revised and with new photographs it is the ideal starting-point, for both visitor and resident, who wishes to explore the history of this very special place. Published July 2004, paperback (96 pages), price £6.95, ISBN 0-946418-24-1.
Bath Buns and Chocolate Olivers: A Bath Childhood, by Rosamund Willoughby. Lady Willoughby was born in Bath in 1912 and spent her childhood and adolescence there. Her father, an army captain, was killed in World War One, and she grew up in the comfortable homes of her grandparents, at Lansdown and Weston Park. Her absorbing memories of Bath during wartime and the 1920s – her schooldays and domestic life, the parties, dancing and skating, holidays, shops, cycling and attending church and guide camp – depict a city and society vastly different from the present, yet played out within many of the street scenes and buildings which everyone who knows and loves Bath will find instantly familiar. Published September 2004, paperback, 80 pages, price £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-26-8.
Beckhampton: Time Present and Time Past, by Pat Parslew, illustrated by Jane Brunning. Largely hidden from passers-by, but within the Avebury World Heritage Site, Beckhampton's remarkable history includes not only timeless prehistoric landscapes and famous monuments, but also distinguished racehorse training stables and a long career as a junction and coaching stop on the Bath Road. In this skilful and absorbing history Patricia Parslew demonstrates how Beckhampton's story, although in many ways similar to its north Wiltshire neighbours, is intriguingly different - and special. Published November 2004, 96-page paperback, price £8.95, ISBN 0-946418-28-4.
Monuments and Material Culture, edited by Rosamund Cleal and Joshua Pollard. Hobnob’s first venture into academic publishing is a festschrift for an eminent scholar of the British Neolithic. Including among its 17 papers three from the Neolithic Studies Group meeting on henges in 2003, this volume considers questions of monumentality and material culture in the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of the British Isles, but also casts more than a passing glance at the later life of monuments. Papers include specific case studies and more wide ranging considerations of causewayed enclosures, henges, stone and timber circles, and long barrows by Humphrey Case, Ros Cleal, Alex Gibson, Frances Healy, Roger Mercer, David Field, Josh Pollard, Julian Thomas and Aaron Watson, while the later history of some of the monuments is considered by Bruce Eagles, Mark Gillings, Rick Petersen and Joshua Pollard. Paul Ashbee’s paper looks at the form of ditches and their fillings, and Peter Fowler’s at ancient fields. Ceramic and lithic studies are represented by Ros Cleal, Timothy Darvill, Alan Saville, Derek Simpson and John Evans. Published November 2004, casebound, 256 pages, price £25.00, ISBN 0-946418-19-5.
Westbury and Westbury Leigh, edited by Kenneth Wood. Reissue of a copiously illustrated (some in colour) and ingeniously arranged history and description of this busy west Wiltshire town, originally produced in 2000 to celebrate the millennium. The original edition sold out rapidly and there has been a constant demand for it to become available again. Published in association with Wessex Books and Prints, Westbury. December 2004, £12.50, ISBN 0-946418-31-4.
Pages from our History by the People of Fovant. Between Salisbury and Shaftesbury, Fovant is an attractive and lively village in rural south Wiltshire, with a long and varied history. Inspired by the researches of their family doctor of a previous generation, a group of interested residents in 2000 formed a local history society, to compile and maintain a website of historical information about the village. The website flourishes, and from its images, text and maps has grown this book, a collaboration by the society’s members, and a celebration of their special community. November 2005, 180 pages, copiously illustrated, paperback, £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-39-X.
Crosstracks to Hindon, by Richard Dewhurst. Hindon, now one of south-west Wiltshire’s most attractive villages, began life as a small town, established in the 13th century by a bishop of Winchester. It remained a town, with market, fair, and a multiplicity of traders and inns, until the Victorian era, having rebuilt itself after a disastrous fire in 1754. Until 1832 it returned two members to Parliament, and it was a noted stopping point for the westcountry stagecoaches. Thoroughly researched and engagingly written, here is the history that this remarkable community deserves. May 2005, 152 pages, many illustrations, paperback, £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-33-0.
Mr Benett of Wiltshire: the life of a county Member of Parliament, 1773-1852, by Robert Moody. The first full-length biography of John Benett, a statesman who steered a fiercely independent course through all the great issues of his day, before and after reform. He was more than a match for his political opponents, Cobbett and Hunt, and having entered Parliament after two violently fought campaigns, he was injured during the machine-breaking riots in 1830. At home in his native Wiltshire he pioneered and promoted agricultural reform, busying himself on his own estate, Pythouse near Tisbury, and with local organizations of every kind. Robert Moody’s painstaking and sympathetic biography, derived largely from previously untapped sources, offers a long-needed reassessment of an extraordinary man – architect, writer, practical farmer and politician. November 2005, 356 pages, illustrations, paperback, £14.95, ISBN 0-946418-40-3.
Swindon Decoded: the Curious History around us, by John Chandler. Often maligned, or dismissed as merely a product of Victorian industry and post-war overspill, Swindon in fact has a remarkably long and diverse history, much of which remains to be unravelled by anyone willing to observe and explore. This is an extensive revision of a well-received short history first published in 1992, offering a fascinating and sympathetic interpretation of a vibrant and rapidly expanding town poised to become a city. November 2005, about 128 pages, profusely illustrated, paperback (uniform with Salisbury: history around us), £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-37-3.
Wiltshire Reformatory for Boys, Warminster, 1856-1924, by Ivor Slocombe. Victorian reformatories tackled a growing problem of juvenile crime by bringing offenders into the education system. Wiltshire’s reformatory for boys was established in 1856, and became a model for such provision nationally. This important and fascinating study chronicles the life and history of a little-known institution, which had great significance not only for Wiltshire and for Warminster (on whose outskirts it was built), but also more generally on an aspect of Victorian penal reform, which may still have some relevance today. October 2005, 42 pages, illustrated booklet, £3.95, ISBN 0-946418-45-4.
George Herbert in Bemerton, by Ronald Blythe, is taken from the acclaimed social historian and poet’s book Divine Landscapes, first published in 1986 and now out of print. It is a beautifully written piece, full of insights and reflections, in which the author describes his visit to Bemerton to discover what sort of man the poet and pastor might have been. Prefaced with a new foreword by Vikram Seth, it is illustrated with modern photographs and old prints. October 2005, 36 pages, square format small paperback, £4.95, ISBN 0-946418-41-1.
Wiltshire Water Meadows: Understanding and Conserving the Remains of a Farming and Engineering Revolution, by Michael Cowan. The result of many years study and observation, this important book describes the process whereby chalkland valleys were modified during the 17th century and later by ‘floating’ water meadows to increase yields. Evidence of these revolutionary feats of precision engineering are still to be seen in large parts of chalkland Wiltshire, and attempts are being made to conserve and interpret them. The author presents detailed studies of individual systems, including the famous Harnham meadows beside Salisbury and the Town Path which crosses them, as well as a more general countywide survey, explanations and historical context. November 2005, 180 pages, profusely illustrated (some colour), paperback, £9.95, ISBN 0-946418-38-1.
A Tour in Search of Chalk through Parts of South Wiltshire in 1807, Written in a Series of Letters by a Pedestrian. An adventure story (!) presented in a format very common to the bookshelves of two centuries ago. This is an authentic attempt to recreate the genre and illuminate the period when archaeology was in its infancy, and walking – pedestrianism – simply meant that you had insufficient funds to travel properly. South Wiltshire and its characters form the backdrop for young Londoner Henry Chalk on his first pedestrian adventure, and as he puts pen to paper his travails are recounted and his own story unfolds. A remarkable book, hard to classify, hard to put down, and completely anonymous. October 2005, 214 pages, subtly illustrated and ‘got up’ in Regency style, paperback, £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-42-X.
The Church in Wiltshire, text by John Chandler, photography and gazetteer by Derek Parker. Wherever we turn, in town or village, we encounter churches and other Christian buildings – so much so that we tend to take them for granted. If we do venture inside the door, the leaflets on offer rarely take us further than the architectural details. So we miss the great tapestry of social history, geography, folklore, archaeology, art and popular culture which is woven into their fabric. With its lively and stimulating text and superb photographs this book is intended as an introduction to the fascinating story behind Wiltshire’s rich legacy of churches, and as a showpiece for the remarkable architectural and artistic heritage that they embrace. When first published (under a slightly different title) in 1993 this book was warmly received, and it has now been completely redesigned, with revised text and many new images. From Salisbury Cathedral to the humblest wayside chapel, Wiltshire’s places of worship bear witness to a long and often surprising history. This book provides the ideal companion. Published April 2006, 216-page square format paperback, superbly illustrated, price £9.95, ISBN 0-946418-46-2
The Chronicles of a Courtier: a History of Stanton Court, Wiltshire, by Fiona Gilroy Baskett. What do P.G. Wodehouse, a descendant of Horatio Nelson, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and certain members of the Royal family all have in common? The answer is that, along with many others, all have historical links with Stanton Court, the former Georgian rectory in the little Wiltshire village of Stanton St. Quintin. As a present day Courtier, Fiona Gilroy Baskett chronicles the history of this substantial house and grounds, built as a rectory in 1780. Perhaps more importantly, she also interweaves vignettes of local history with the vitality of the characters who have lived there throughout the ages. Nothing stands still and the story of the house reflects the mood, architecture and inventions of the times, the pursuits and fortunes of those who have lived there and their impact on the community. Together with a foreword by the Duke of Beaufort this book provides an engaging account of life, past and present, in the little Wiltshire village which was settled first by the Romans almost two thousand years ago. Published April 2006, 104-page illustrated hardback, price £12.50, ISBN 0-946418-44-6
On the Crest of the Hill: Devizes Grammar School 1906-1969, compiled and introduced by Lorna Haycock. Devizes Grammar School (originally known as Devizes Secondary School) was established in 1906, and to celebrate the centenary of its founding Dr Lorna Haycock, a former history teacher at the school, has assembled this fascinating collection of memories and photographs from former pupils. The school, which was abolished when comprehensive education was introduced to Devizes in 1969, served not only the town but also surrounding villages over a wide area, and is remembered with great fondness by very many people in Wiltshire and far beyond. To be published July 2006, 136pp paperback, with many illustrations, price £8.95, ISBN 0-946418-48-9
A Round Dorset Walk: long distance footpath, the illustrated guide, by Steven Crockford, is a long-distance route of 181 miles, on ancient paths and trackways, on the perimeter of one of the most remarkable counties in England. From the stunning Poole Harbour beneath the Purbeck Hills, the walker sets out towards the peaceful downs of Cranborne Chase, across the rolling hills of Blackmore Vale and Marshwood Vale, finally to return to the dramatic coastal path from which the walk began, there to complete a journey through 250 million years of history. Whether it is achieved in one challenging effort, or in a series of stages, it is a very special journey around a beautiful and often unexplored part of Britain, that will live long in the memory of anyone who completes it. To be published July 2006, 112pp paperback with detailed maps and exquisite line drawings by the author, price £8.95, ISBN 0-946418-49-7
To Partake of Tea: the last ladies of Kingston Lacy, by Geoffrey Brown. This is the story of life in a great country house, Kingston Lacy near Wimborne in Dorset, during the last eighty years that it remained in private ownership, from 1897 to 1981. Times of glamour, bereavement, sadness and benevolence are recalled through the eyes of Henrietta Bankes and her daughter-in-law Hilary, the estate’s last influential chatelaines. Geoffrey Brown, a long-term National Trust volunteer at Kingston Lacy, describes life in the house and on the estate, which extended across Dorset to Corfe Castle and the Isle of Purbeck, with great sympathy and understanding, as its owners responded to the social changes of the twentieth century. To Partake of Tea will delight anyone who has enjoyed visiting Kingston Lacy since its acquisition by the National Trust in 1983, and anyone interested in the predicament faced by owners of other large estates as their role has changed and, in some cases, disappeared. To be published July 2006, 100-page illustrated paperback, price £9.95, ISBN 0-946418-50-0
An Exceptional Woman: the writings of Heather Tanner, selected and introduced by Rosemary Devonald. Heather Tanner (1903 – 1993) is best known as the author of four exquisite books about Wiltshire and its countryside, products of the lifelong collaboration with her husband, the etcher and artist Robin Tanner. Throughout her life she wrote poems, letters, essays and dialogues, which reveal the depth of her understanding of rural life, her benign humour and her mastery of language. This selection, made and introduced by her friend Rosemary Devonald, draws on largely unpublished material which she collected after Heather’s death. To her many friends, and those to whom her published work is known and appreciated, this collection will be an irresistible memento. To those unfamiliar with the name of Heather Tanner her writing will come as a delightful discovery – the work and life of an exceptional woman. To be published August 2006, 156-page (approx.) hardback, with about 25 illustrations (mostly by Robin Tanner), price £14.50, ISBN 0-946418-47-0
A Hundred Years of Speed with Safety: the inception and progress of the Westinghouse Brake & Signal Company Ltd, 1881-1981, by O S Nock. The company can trace its roots in Chippenham, Worcester and London back to the 1860s. The company was a true railway pioneer using innovative signalling and braking systems to allow the safe and efficient operation of railways worldwide for well over a century. O S Nock, who died in 1994, was an outstanding and prolific railway historian, but he was also a senior executive at Westinghouse, and wrote this company history in 1981. Never previously published, it has now, 25 years on, been revised and augmented by a comprehensive selection of images, complementing this important and authoritative text. Early December 2006, 270-page paperback, fully illustrated, price £12.95, ISBN10 0-946418-51-9; ISBN13 978-0-946418-51-0
The Basingstoke Admiral: a life of James Lancaster, by Michael Franks. Historical biography of Sir James Lancaster, a ‘forgotten’ Elizabethan international merchant and naval commander who was celebrated in his own day but has been neglected by historians. Best remembered as the commander of the first fleet of the East India Company (1601-3) Lancaster had a fascinating and varied career, touching many aspects of Elizabethan life, in the country in north Hampshire, in London and overseas. Using new material based on archive research and re-working of the published sources, Franks argues the case for recognising Lancaster as one of the earliest ‘global traders’. Foreword by Andrew Lambert, Laughton Professor of Naval History at King’s College, London. November 2006, 244-page paperback, 55 illustrations, price £14.95, ISBN10 0-946418-59-4; ISBN13 978-0-946418-59-6
The Primrose Wood, by June Badeni. Countess Badeni is well-known in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire for two books of local and social history, which describe the villages around her home at Norton near Malmesbury. She is also a very accomplished essayist, as this delightful collection of 36 short pieces about rural life, its people and creatures, demonstrates. Most were published intermittently over many years in Country Life; all are beautifully crafted, finely observed depictions of the countryside, in Wiltshire and much further afield. The text is complemented by woodcuts by Bewick and his school. November 2006, 150-page small-format hardback, 36 illustrations, price £9.95, ISBN10 0-946418-52-7; ISBN13 978-0-946418-52-7
Nadder: tales of a Wiltshire valley, by Rex Sawyer. The River Nadder rises in the Donheads, east of Shaftesbury, and flows through the Vale of Wardour to Wilton, where it joins the Wylye and then, at Salisbury, the Avon. This remarkable social and landscape history, beautifully illustrated, presents the story of every village and settlement in its valley, drawn from historical sources and oral reminiscence, and lovingly presented by the author of Little Imber on the Down, and Collett’s Farthing Newspaper. First published in 1995 and now extensively revised, in a new format and with many extra illustrations. November 2006, 234-page square-format paperback, profusely illustrated, price £9.95, ISBN10 0-946418-53-5; ISBN13 978-0-946418-53-4
The Definitive History of Wilts & Dorset Motor Services Ltd, 1915-1972, by Colin Morris and Andrew Waller. Salisbury based Wilts & Dorset was the principal bus operator in south Wiltshire, parts of Dorset, and much of north Hampshire around Andover and Basingstoke. This definitive company and social history, by leading authorities, describes its rise and fall, and includes its subsidiaries and acquisitions, such as Venture of Basingstoke and Silver Star of Porton. The book is profusely illustrated, drawing on the collections of David Pennels and others, and includes detailed appendices describing routes, vehicles and other aspects of the company’s operations. Early December 2006, 168-page A4 hardback (including 8-page colour section), profusely illustrated, price £19.95, ISBN10 0-946418-56-X; ISBN13 978-0-946418-56-5