Salisbury ~ recent titles
Salisbury, history around us, by John Chandler
Since its first publication in 1992 this history and guide has provided residents and visitors with a succinct but highly readable introduction to one of England’s most interesting and attractive cities. A new edition published in a different format appeared in 2004 but has been out of print for several years. Now thoroughly revised, expanded and illustrated in full colour throughout, Salisbury, history around us provides a clear and fascinating explanation as to how the city, its cathedral, Close and surrounding area have evolved, and how they fit into the pattern of regional and national history. As well as following Salisbury’s story through time, it also offers guided strolls around the Close, city centre and eastern chequers, and a longer walk from Old Sarum through the city to Harnham, which can be undertaken separately or in combination. March 2020, 173pp, colour illustrated, paperback, £12.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-80-8.
The Origins of Photography in Salisbury, 1839-1880, by Anthony Hamber
This is the first comprehensive study of the rise of photography in Salisbury from its beginnings up to 1880. It includes the failed attempt to set up a commercial photography studio locally in 1846, through the nascent period of the 1850s, to the explosion in commercial photography during the 1860s, by which time there were twelve commercial photographers in the city. Profusely illustrated from his own and institutional collections, Anthony Hamber’s study includes an overview of image making in Salisbury prior to the introduction of photography, a case study focusing on Salisbury Cathedral, and an appendix that lists both the amateur and the professional photographers active during the period. May 2019, 144pp, illustrated (some colour) large format hardback, £20.00, ISBN 978-1-906978-73-0.
Sidney Herbert: Too Short a Life, by R. E. Foster
Christian philanthropist and patron of Florence Nightingale, Sidney Herbert was hailed in his own times as a statesman, administrative reformer and co-founder of the modern Liberal party. Strangely neglected since his death, this biography brilliantly recaptures, through its subject, some of the many paradoxes of Victorian Britain. At once both Irish landlord and ‘one of the most worthy Wiltshiremen who ever lived’, arguably only fatal illness deprived Sidney Herbert of the keys to Downing Street. March 2019, 528pp, illustrated paperback, £16.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-69-3 (also available as a jacketed hardback, £25, ISBN 978-1-906978-70-9).
The Public Houses and Inns of Salisbury: a History, by Edwin M Garman
A compendium of detailed historical information about 270 premises in Salisbury that are or have been inns, alehouses, taverns, public houses and beerhouses, with explanations of terms, a reprint of a series of 19th-century articles about old inns of Salisbury, cross-references and notes. This is the essential handbook for every Salisbury pub-goer, and anyone interested in the city’s rich and colourful history. July 2017, 330 pages, illustrations by Fred Fieber, paperback, £14.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-43-3.