Plymouth and Devonport books

Bloody British History: Plymouth

Plymouth has one of the darkest and most dreadful histories on record. Beginning with the discovery of the bones of cave men and rushing through French attacks, outbreaks of leprosy and the plague, Civil War sieges and deadly Spanish ships, disasters, demolitions and the enormous death tolls of the Plymouth Blitz, it will change the way you see the city forever!

Plymouth History Tour

From the Barbican and the Hoe to the city centre and beyond, Derek Tait takes us on a tour of Plymouth, explaining the history behind the well-known landmarks of this fine city. Devastated by bombing, very few buildings that stood in the centre of Plymouth before the Second World War still remain. With the narrow, cobbled streets destroyed, the face of the city was changed forever. After the war, a new, modern city centre was built, with first-class stores and spacious streets. Today, some areas are totally unrecognisable, but some beloved features have remained unchallenged and unchanged.

Devonport Through Time

Devonport was built up around the dockyard in the late 1600s. Much was destroyed in the Second World War but iconic buildings such as the Guildhall and the Oddfellows Hall still survive. Many streets have disappeared and many of the grand buildings that once stood in Fore Street were completely destroyed during the Blitz. Some buildings such as the Old Chapel have adapted with the times, going from being a chapel to a public house to finally becoming a supermarket. Many old buildings still remain such as the shops and pubs in Albert Road and it’s still possible to walk along the cobbled roads that people walked over 100 years ago. Fore Street has now been opened up and features many new homes and Devonport Park has been restored to its former glory. Derek Tait’s illustrated tour shows the changing face of Devonport with its many old and new buildings as well as the recent rejuvenation work.

Tavistock Through Time

Tavistock Through Time is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this part of the country. Reproduced in full colour, this is an exciting examination of Tavistock, the famous streets and the famous faces, and what they meant to the people of this area throughout the 19th and into the 20th Century. Looking beyond the exquisite exterior of these well-kept photos, readers can see the historical context in which they are set, and through the author’s factual captions for every picture and carefully-selected choice of images, the reader can achieve a reliable view of this area’s history. Readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and watch the changing face of this town, as Gerry Woodcock guides us through the streets of Tavistock. There is something for everyone here, whether they have lived in the area all their lives, or whether they are just visiting this fabulous market town. It also shows how photography has continually evolved to keep up with an ever changing society.