Place Histories

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A Potted History of Auld Reekie, as Edinburgh is affectionately known. It covers the beginnings of the town through to the early twentieth century. It may be of more interest to tourists than festival-goers, as the latter are probably too busy rushing from venue to venue to wonder about the city’s past.


A Potted History of Sunninghill and Ascot (in Berkshire) briefly covers the period up to the late 1600s; Sunninghill’s short period as a spa; the arrival of horse racing at Ascot in 1711; before tracking the growth of the area through the Victorian era, when the railway arrived, and the 20th century.


A Potted History of Liverpool covers: Merseyside before Liverpool was known; the town’s early existence up to the English Civil War; it’s initial growth, leading to the slave trade; the very successful 19th century; and concluding with the 20th century up to the mid-1960s. Draft version at the moment.