Railways in the Landscape

Gordon Biddle

Date Published :
August 2016
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 color & black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473862357

Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 216
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The growth of railways was a major influence in transforming Britain's landscape. This book examines how they brought about physical changes to towns, the country and coast, and had a profound affect that is still visible today, especially on the shape and size of our towns and cities.

In his book, Gordon Biddle begins by examining how railway routes transformed the rural scene and there effect on the economy, followed by an appraisal of there accompanying buildings such as stations, houses, signal boxes and yards following the changes in nineteenth-century architectural taste. He goes on to look at the impact of railways build along or near the coast, and their strong influence on the growth of seaside resorts and ports. He then turns to townscape, describing in turn the physical effect on London, other large cities, smaller towns and suburban growth.

Also included are chapters on places the railways themselves created, from new towns to villages around a station or junction; the still-visible remains of abandoned railway, not only those that followed mass closures of the 1960s, but many long-standing that date back to the nineteenth century; twentieth- and twenty-first century developments that have continued to impact on the rural and urban scene; and a comparison of contemporary illustrations of an early main line in 1838 with its appearance today.

About The Author

Gordon Biddle is a founder member and vice president Railway and Canal Historical Society. He has written thirteen books on waterways history and railway architecture and civil engineering. A long-time resident of north Lancashire and Cumbria, for many years he has had a special interest in the Lancaster Canal. He has extensively researched its history locally and in the canal's original records in the National Archive. He is an early member of the Inland Waterways Association and in the past has served on its North Lancs. and Cumbria branch committee, including a term as chairman.

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