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Bradshaw's Handbook : Old House - George Bradshaw

Bradshaw's Handbook

Old House

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2012
ISBN: 9781908402028
Number Of Pages: 512

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Collector’s item, landmark in the history of the tour guide, snapshot of Britain in the 1860s – Bradshaw’s Handbook deserves a place on the bookshelf of any traveller, railway enthusiast, historian or anglophile. Produced as the British railway network was reaching its zenith, and as tourism by rail became a serious pastime, it was the first national tourist guide specifically organized around railway journeys, and to this day offers a glimpse through the carriage window at a Britain long past.

Bradshaw's Descriptive Railway Hand-Book of Great Britain and Ireland was published in four parts, describing the sights to be seen in towns and cities encountered along selected railway journeys in each region. Gathered together into a single book, it bore the short title Bradshaw's Handbook and after a few years, passed into obscurity, remaining extremely rare to this day. This is facsimile of that book, possibly the only surviving example of the 1863 edition.

The original Bradshaw's Handbook inspired the BBC2 television series Great British Railway Journeys, now preparing for a fourth season.

About the Author

George Bradshaw became famous for producing the world's most successful and longest running combined railway timetable — a publication to be found in the library of every Victorian traveller. But in the middle of the 19th century, with the railway network reaching its peak, his company shifted focus to tourist guides, such as this one, designed for the rail traveller.

Interesting and informative


Interesting read of an old travel guide



The dream worth waiting for


Through Michael Portillo's many travels using the British Rail system and having on hand this wonderful Bradshaw's book and although its origins may be deep in Victorian times, Britain never goes out of fashion and this timeless, and how apt a word is that, this timeless travel guide, explores Britain of the old, the current and it will still be wonderful for use in the century that lays current. It was and is so wonderful to realise that this book is still in current reprint and the beauty of it all is, there is no modernisation which would probably be more appropriate for this mechanised world but its beauty is in its antiquity of information.The book is wonderful, hard bound for years and year of information seeking, the price is excellent, the service even better and the delivery time was within expectations. Much appreciation Booktopia for realising the mesmeric properties of this wonderful travel guide.

Modbury, South Australia


Great guide


I saw the TV programme on SBS. Love the details this book gives about Railways past in the UK.

Brisbane, Australia


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ISBN: 9781908402028
ISBN-10: 1908402024
Series: Old House
Audience: BAU
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 14.7  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Facsimile

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