Fully revised and updated - now at 150 pages. A new look at the history of The Beulah Spa 1831-1856, a once popular natural saline spring and spa said by Faraday to be purer than Bath and Wells, containing more salts than the waters of Cheltenham. A very fashionable pleasure gardens designed by Decimus Burton and frequented by the rich and fashionable, the likes of Lady Essex, The Duke of Gloucester, Dickens, Thackeray, Kaiser Wilhelm, and even Queen Victoria and her children. Boasting grand fetes and galas, balloon ascents, tightrope walking, military bands, archery, a camera obscura, an octagonal reading room, gypsy fortune telling and a singing minstrel, the Beulah Spa reigned in Upper Norwood for over twenty years before the arrival of the Crystal Palace. This book features many B/W images from its heyday during the reigns of William IV and Victoria.
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South London musician,composer, writer and historian Chris Shields investigates his varied and unusual family tree. “I spent my childhood asking questions about my family’s past. This led to tales of Romanies, of the Northamptonshire Smiths, Loveridges, Scarrotts and Boswells and the discovery of Charlie Chaplin’s birth in a caravan on the Black Patch.Then to the French Mazoyers and a watchmaker’s shop in Soho. Stories of Evans and Wormull – surgical instrument makers to the Army and government. Then the Baker family of Eastbourne and Herstmonceux. Seaside concert parties – Fred Austin’s Merrie Middies. Then to war and Stalag IVb POW, buzzbombs and blackouts. The Snell family of Mortimer and the Arlotts of Watership Down. The Shields family of Peckham – pie, mash and poverty. Then to music - the '60s and The Twilights and the Star Club, Hamburg. This information shared here was told to me directly from the mouths of those involved – who lived, breathed and experienced all of this."
Religion Before Christ; The Old Testament; The New Testament; The Birth of Christianity & Questions of Faith. This book is written to help any person brand new to the church. It covers basic information to gain a general understanding of Christianity, covering the history as well as the Gospel and Bible stories. About life before Christ with Judaism and the Old Testament. About Jesus and the New Testament and just how his coming really did change everything for everyone. In this book I try to answer all the questions I first had when I started attending church. What is the eucharist? Why recite all those old creeds and who wrote them anyway? Why all the robes and ceremony? From the early church in Jerusalem to the Roman Empire when it embraced Christianity. To the Reformation and the split from Rome. And how can the Bible, written thousands of years ago, be able to give comfort, strength, hope and faith to someone living in today's society?