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Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For the times when you’ re driving past a lumpy, bumpy field and you wonder what made the lumps and bumps; for when you’ re walking between two lines of grand trees, wondering when and why they were planted; for when you see a brown heritage sign pointing to a ‘ tumulus’ but you don’ t know what to look for… Entertaining and factually rigorous,  Hidden Histories  will help ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 27th 2016 by Frances Lincoln
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Fiona
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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An interesting book covering all aspects of the British landscape and its history. My OH gave it to me for Xmas last year and I’ve been dipping into it from time to time. Not a book I’d read from cover to cover but I always find something interesting in it. The photographs and illustrations are very good.
Paul
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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The British landscape as we see it today smothers a whole load of history. But if you look very carefully at the scene in front of you, you can start to see hints of the features that lie just beneath. But what are they? This is where Hidden Histories can help. Ochota has compiled a guide to discovering what the lumps and bumps that dot our countryside really are, so you can tell your cursus from your barrow, standing stones from a rubbing stone and your stretchers from your English bond. For ea ...more
Ape
What a wonderful book. It's a shame I'm going to have to take it back to the library. Whenever I'm going somewhere I am one of those people who looks over the OS map in search of random features to explore, so a book like this is like gold. It isn't an exhaustive list and doesn't go into too much detail (just enough) on any one thing. This book takes you through features, both in the countryside, villages and towns, and shows you what you can see. There are lists of the best examples of each fea ...more
Richard Thomas
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: landscape
This isn’t a book to read logically from cover to cover. Dip into it on whatever takes your fancy and then wander from there. It’s nicely written, beautifully illustrated and has manageably sized articles. I think it a valuable addition to anyone’s bookshelves if you have any interest in your surroundings and want a ready reference to things you see when you’re out walking and driving.
Derek MEACHER
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Contrary to some advice I did read this book from cover to cover! It may be that in tomorrow's world of greater justice, art treasures 'stolen' will be returned where a national heritage has been broken up. Nevertheless here in Great Britain our history, its relics, its testimonies surround us, illustrating our past and opening up avenues of enquiry at almost any moment provided that we keep our eyes open.
This book's most precious contribution is to remind us of the heritage lying before us, sta
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Alex Boon
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and helpful book, beautifully presented. I wish some sections were a little more detailed but I've been left with a great list of places to visit. I only wish it had a summary at the end, perhaps talking a little about the future for the British landscape so that it doesn't just suddenly end after graveyards! ...more
Johanne
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A reference rather than a read through book. Ideally you want to go out and about with an expert but if you dont have one to hand then this is a good fall back for identifying things that standout in the landscape
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Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A easy book to read and very informative.
Barbpie
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: england, nonfiction
Fascinating. I’ll have to remember to consult the index before my next visit to the UK. I don’t want to miss any of these cool landmarks.
Tom Simpkins
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, other
Great guide to learn more about the landscape and history on your doorstep
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Mary-Ann Ochota writes about archaeology and anthropology, and you can also find her presenting on TV and radio. She's presented cult show Time Team, has romped round the UK with Clive Anderson on Mystic Britain on Smithsonian Channel, and explored Life After Chernobyl for Discovery.

She's presented radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service on subjects as diverse as deep ocean geolo
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