As there is sometimes a considerable delay between a book review being received and it appearing in print, the Society has decided to make reviews available online as soon as they have been received. The same reviews will appear in print in due course either in the Transactions or our newsletter.
Our published reviews since 2012 are also available here.
Recently received reviews:
- A.R. Baker (ed.), Corona Gladiorum Transactions of the Bristol Masonic Society 2015-2016 (Bristol, Bristol Masonic Society 2017). 214pp., 25ill., 1 map. Cardcovers, no price stated [ISBN: 9780993040825]
- Daniel C. Beaver (ed.), The Account Book of the Giles Geast Charity, Tewkesbury, 1558-1891 Gloucestershire Record Series 31 (BGAS 2017). lv + 445pp. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 9780900197932]
- Sean Campbell, Hill-Forts of the Cotswolds (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2016). 96pp, b/w & col illus. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9781445660028]
- M.J. Crossley Evans and Andrew Sulston, A History of Wills Hall, University of Bristol (2nd edition) (University of Bristol, Wills Hall Association 2017). 112pp.,104 pl., Hardback, £12.00
- Neil Holbrook, Jamie Wright, E.R. McSloy and Jonny Geber, The Western Cemetery of Roman Cirencester: excavations at the former Bridges Garage, Old Tetbury Road, Cirencester, 2001-2015 Cirencester Excavations VII (Cirencester, Cotswold Archaeology 2017). xvi+158pp., 162 figs., 31 tabs.Hardback,£19.95 [ISBN:9780993454530]
- David Platt, Roman enclosure and early Anglo-Saxon occupation at Top Road, Kempsford, Gloucestershire Thames Valley Archaeological Services Monograph 28 (Reading, TVAS 2017). vii + 130pp., 34 figs., 26 pl., 27 tabs., 6 charts. Cardcovers, no price stated [ISBN: 9781911228219]
- Steve Poole and Nicholas Rogers, Bristol from Below: law, authority and protest in a Georgian city (Woodbridge, Boydell Press 2017). xi + 387pp., 15 ill. Hardback, £70.00 [ISBN: 9781783272440]
- Maggie Shapland, The ups and downs of the Clifton Rocks Railway and the Clifton Spa (Bristol, Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society 2017). 317pp., 425 ill. Hardback, £15.00 [ISBN: 9781908905055]
- Chris Stephens, Bristol's Australian Pioneer: the story of Robert Bush and his Bishop's Knoll WW1 Hospital (Long Ashton, Bristol Books 2017). 319pp., many b/w illustrations. Cardcovers, £12.00 [ISBN: 9781909446069]
Reviews published in Transactions 135 (reviewed 2017, published 2018):
- Mary Alexander (ed.), Medieval and post-medieval occupation and industry in the Redcliffe suburb of Bristol: excavations at 1-2 and 3 Redcliff Street, 2003-2010 Cotswold Archaeology Monograph 8 (Cirencester, Cotswold Archaeology 2016). xvi + 264 pp., 74 figs., 34 tables. Hardback, £19.95 [ISBN: 9780993454516]
- Tim Allen, Kate Brady and Stuart Foreman, A Roman Villa and other Iron Age and Roman discoveries at Bredons Norton, Fiddington and Pamington along the Gloucester Security of Supply Pipeline Oxford Archaeology Monograph 25 (Oxford, Oxford Archaeology 2016). xvi + 212pp., 59 plates, 40 tables. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9780904220766]
- Jeff Bishop, Bristol through maps: ways of seeing a city (Bristol, Redcliffe Press 2016). 175 pp., 35 maps/plans. Cardcovers, £20.00 [ISBN: 9781908326997]
- John Chandler and John Jurica (eds.), The Victoria County History of Gloucestershire XIII: The Vale of Gloucester and Leadon Valley (Woodbridge and London, Boydell and Brewer/Institute of Historical Research 2016). 400 pp., 91 b/w plates, 15 line ill. Hardback, £95.00 [ISBN: 978 1904356462]
- Madge Dresser (ed.), Women and the City: Bristol 1373-2000 (Bristol, Redcliffe Press/UWE 2016). 236 pp., 61 b/w plates, 20 col. plates. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9781908326317]
- Jonathan Hart, Andrew Mudd, E.R. McSloy and Mark Brett, Living near the Edge: archaeological investigations in the western Cotswolds along the route of the Wormington to Sapperton gas pipeline, 2006-2010 Cotswold Archaeology Monograph 9 (Cirencester, Cotswold Archaeology 2016). xv + 240 pp., 149 ill., 48 tables. Hardback, £21.95 [ISBN: 9780993454509
- Rose Hewlett, Frampton remembers World War I (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2016). 192 pp., 100 ill. Hardback, £18.00 [ISBN: 9781445651989]
- John Hunt, Warriors, Warlords and Saints: the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia (Bromsgrove, West Midlands History 2016). 168 pp., fully illustrated in colour. Hardback, £24.99 [ISBN: 9781905036301]
- R.W.H. Miller, Dr Ashley's Pleasure Yacht: John Ashley, the Bristol Channel Mission and all that followed (Cambridge, Lutterworth Press 2017). xvi + 147pp., 1 map, 10 ill. Cardcovers, £20.00 [ISBN: 9780718894505]
- Keith Ray and Ian Bapty, Offas Dyke: landscape and hegemony in eighth-century Britain (Oxford, Oxbow Books/Windgather Press 2016). xvi + 448pp., 190 figs. Cardcovers, £29.95 [ISBN: 9781905119356]
- John Rhodes (ed.), The Terrier of Llanthony Priory's Houses and Lands in Gloucester 1443 Gloucestershire Record Series 30 (BGAS 2016). xlvi + 460 pp., 15 maps. Hardback, £30.00 to non-subscribers [ISBN: 9780900197918]
- Derek Tait, Gloucester in the Great War (Barnsley, Pen & Sword Books 2016). 123 pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £9.99 [ISBN: 9781473828070]
Review from Newsletter 80 (published March 2017):
- Ruth Scurr, John Aubrey: My Own Life (London, Chatto & Windus 2015). xxiv + 518 pp. Hardback, £25 [ISBN: 9780701179076]. (Vintage 2016). Cardcovers, £9.99 [ISBN: 9780099490630]
Reviews from Transactions 134 (reviewed 2016, published 2017):
- Dave Backwith, Roger Ball, Stephen E. Hunt and Mike Richardson, Strikers, hobblers, conchies and reds: a radical history of Bristol 1880-1939 (London, Breviary Stuff Publications 2014). xiii + 350pp., 101 illustrations. Cardcovers, £18.50 [ISBN: 9780992946609]
- Jill Barlow, Richard Bryant, Carolyn Heighway, Chris Jeens and David Smith, Edward II: his last months and his monument Bristol & Gloucestershire Monographs 2 (BGAS/Past Historic 2015) xiv + 130pp., 67 figs., 2 maps. Hardback, £30.00 (from Past Historic) [ISBN: 9780900197895].
- David Cannadine, Heroic Chancellor: Winston Churchill and Bristol University 1929-65 (London, Institute of Historical Research 2016). 78pp., 18 ill. Cardcovers, £10.00 [ISBN: 9781909646186]
- Stephen Hague, The Gentlemans House in the British Atlantic World 1680-1780 (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan 2015). xvi + 233 pages, 3 maps, 61 illustrations, 6 tables. Hardback, £60.00 [ISBN: 9781137378378].
- David H. Higgins, Saint Jordan of Bristol: foundations of English Christianity and culture in the west of England in the seventh century (London, New Generation Publishing 2015). vi + 250pp., 49 figs. Cardcovers, no price stated [ISBN: 9781785072765]
- Marie Mulvey-Roberts (ed.), Literary Bristol: Writers and the City (Bristol, Redcliffe Press/UWE, 2015). 224 pp, 51 illus., 15 col. plates. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9781908326737]
- Alan Munden (ed.), The Religious Census of Bristol and Gloucestershire 1851 Gloucestershire Record Series 29 (BGAS 2015). lxviii + 376 pp., 5 figs. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 9780900197888]
- Richard Skeet, Rescued from Obscurity the continuing story of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal (The Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Trust 2014). 200pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £10.00 [ISBN: 9780992944100]
- Rose Wallis, The Victoria History of Gloucestershire: Yate (Woodbridge & London, Boydell & Brewer/Institute of Historical Research 2015). ix + 119 pp., 24 figs., 4 maps, 9 tables. Cardcovers, £12.00 [ISBN: 9781909646100]
Review from Newsletter 79 (published September 2016):
- Christine Martyn The Forest of Dean revisited: a modern history (Blakeney, Holborn House 2015). 356pp., 36figs. Cardcovers, £15.00. [ISBN: 9780992895938]
Review from Newsletter 78 (published March 2016):
- Malpass, P. and Whitfield, M. Public Health in Victorian Bristol: the work of David Davies, Medical Officer of Health Avon Local History & Archaeology Books 19 (Bristol 2015). 43pp., 10ill. Cardcovers, £3.50
Reviews from Transactions 133 (reviewed 2015, published 2016):
- Eugene Byrne and Clive Burlton, Bravo, Bristol! The city at war 1914-1918 (Bristol, Redcliffe Press 2014). 144pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £15.00. [ISBN: 9781908326638]
- Carol Clammer and Keith Underwood (eds.), The Churches and Chapels of the Parish of Tidenham: their history and architecture (Tutshill, Tidenham Historical Group 2014). 200pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9780992872205]
- Andor Gomme and Michael Jenner, with photography by John Trelawny Ross, An Architectural History of Bristol (Wetherby, Oblong Creative 2011). 448 pp., 370 ill. Hardback, £68.00 [ISBN: 9780955657658]
- Roger H. Leech, The Town House in Medieval and Early Modern Bristol (Swindon, English Heritage 2014). xi + 440pp, CD insert, numerous ills., maps & plans. Hardback, £100.00 [ISBN: 9781848020535]
- Victoria Ridgeway and Martin Watts (eds.), Friars, Quakers, Industry and Urbanisation: the archaeology of the Broadmead Expansion Project, Cabot Circus, Bristol 20052008, Cotswold Archaeology Monograph No. 5 & Pre-Construct Archaeology Monograph No. 16 (Cirencester & London, CAPCA 2013). xviii + 485 pp., 223 figs., 14 tables, 5 appendices. Hardback, £34.95 (from Oxbow Books) [ISBN: 9780956305480]
- John Stevens, Bristol politics in the Age of Peel, 1832-1847 Avon Local History & Archaeology Books 17 (Bristol 2004) 44pp, 10 ill. Cardcovers, £3.50
- John Toman, The Lost Photo Album: a Kilvert family story, 2nd edition (Croydon, The Kilvert Society 2015). 296 pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9780957626614]
- Bridget Wells-Furby (ed.), The Great Cartulary of Berkeley Castle, c. 1425 Gloucestershire Record Series 28 (BGAS 2014), xiv + 510 pp., 4 figs., 6 col. figs., 2 maps. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 9780900197844]
Reviews from Newsletter 76 (published March 2015):
- Brian Vincent and Raymond Holland, Chemistry in Bristol into the early 20th century Avon Local History & Archaeology Books 18 (Bristol 2014). 43pp., 30 ill,. 1map. Cardcovers, £3.50
- John Christopher, Brunel's Bridges (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2014). 96pp., 146ill., 2 plans. Cardcovers, £14.99 [ISBN: 9781445639956]
- Anthony Beeson, North Bristol through time: Sea Mills, Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park and Henleaze (Stoud, Amberley Publishing 2014). 96pp, sepia & colour ills. Cardcovers, £13.49 [ISBN: 9781445615424] e-book ditto 15653
- Ian M. C. Hollingsbee, Inside the Wire: the prisoner-of-war camps and hostels of Gloucestershire 1939-1948 (Stroud, The History Press 2014). 178pp., 56ill., 8 maps/plans. Cardcovers, £12.99 [ISBN: 9780750958462]
Reviews from Transactions 132 (reviewed 2014, published 2015):
- Joseph Bettey, St James's Fair, Bristol, 1137-1837 Avon Local History & Archaeology Books 16 (Bristol 2014). 46pp., 10 ill., 1 map. Cardcovers, £3.50.
- Eugene Byrne, Unbuilt Bristol: the city that might have been 1750-2050 (Bristol, Redcliffe Press 2013). 128 pp., 42 pl., 30 col. pls. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9781908326270].
- Christopher R. Elrington (ed.) Abstracts of Feet of Fines relating to Gloucestershire, 1300-1359 Gloucestershire Record Series 20 (BGAS 2006) 228 pp. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 0900197668].
- Christopher R. Elrington (ed.) Abstracts of Feet of Fines relating to Gloucestershire, 1360-1508 (Gloucestershire Record Series 27 (BGAS 2013) 288 pp. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 9780900197826].
- Chris Heal, Felt-Hatting in Bristol & South Gloucestershire I: the Rise Avon Local History & Archaeology 13 (Bristol 2013). 42 pp., 11 ill., 3 maps. Cardcovers, £3.50
- Chris Heal, Felt-Hatting in Bristol & South Gloucestershire II: the Fall Avon Local History & Archaeology 14 (Bristol 2013). 42 pp., 8 ill., 5 maps. Cardcovers, £3.50
- Chris Hobson, The Tames of Fairford: the life and times of a Medieval Cotswold wool merchant and his family (Much Wenlock, RJL Smith & Associates 2013). iii + 80 pp., 33 ill., 4 maps/plans. Cardcovers. £12.00 [ISBN: 9780957349254].
- Anthea Jones, Cheltenham: a new history (Lancaster, Carnegie Publishing 2010). 406pp., numerous illustrations. Hardback, £24.99 [ISBN: 9781859361542].
- Tim Jordan and Lionel Walrond, The Cotswold House (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2014). 191 pp., 398 col. pls., 5 plans, 1 map. Hardback, £20.00 [ISBN: 9781445608402]
- Marion Mako, The University of Bristol Historic Gardens 2nd edition (Bristol, University of Bristol 2013). 86 pp., numerous illustrations, 11 maps/plans. Cardcovers, £5.00 [ISBN: 9780856100153]
- Jesse Norman, Edmund Burke: philosopher, politician, prophet (William Collins 2013). iv + 325 pp., 18 greyscale illustrations. Hardback, £20.00 [ISBN: 9780007489626]
- Steve Poole (ed.), A City Built Upon the Water: Maritime Bristol 1750-1900 (Bristol, Redcliffe Press/UWE 2013). 224 pp., 76 illus., 8 col. pls., 17 tables. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9781908326102]
- David Wilson, Alan Bagnall and Beryl Taylor, Report on the excavation of a Romano-British site in Wortley, South Gloucestershire British Archaeological Report British Series 591 (Oxford, Archaeopress 2014). iv + 222 pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £48.00 [ISBN: 9781407312255]. Reviewed May 2014, Published Transactions 132
Reviews from Newsletter 75 (published September 2014):
- Simon Esmonde Cleary, Chedworth: life in a Roman villa (Stroud, The History Press 2013)
- John Christopher, Brunel in Bristol (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2013)
- John S. Moore, Counting People: a DIY manual for local and family historians (Oxford, Oxbow Books 2013)
Reviews from Newsletter 74 (published March 2014):
- Steven Blake, A History of Cheltenham in 100 objects (Stroud, The History Press 2013)
- Tim Copeland, Archaeological walking guides: The Cotswold Way (Stroud, The History Press 2013). 160pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £14.99 [ISBN: 9780752467283]
- David Elder, Literary Cheltenham (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2013)
- Caroline Greet & James Hodsdon, Cheltenham Revealed: the 'Town and Tithing' plan of c.1800 (Cheltenham, Cheltenham Local History Society 2012)
Reviews from Transactions 131 (reviewed 2013, published 2014):
- Joseph Bettey, From Catholic Devotion to Puritan Piety: Responses to the Reformation in the Avon Area 1530-1603 Avon Local History & Archaeology Books 11 (Bristol 2012) 47 pp., 10 illus. Cardcovers, £3.50
- Richard Bryant with Michael Hare, Corpus of Anglo-Saxon stone sculpture, X: the Western Midlands (Oxford University Press/British Academy 2012). 620pp., 796 halftones, 25 maps, 25 line drawings. Hardback, £85.00 [ISBN: 9780197265154].
- Jon Cannon and Beth Williamson (eds.), The Medieval Art, Architecture and History of Bristol Cathedral: an enigma explored (Woodbridge, The Boydell Press 2011). xvii + 350 pp., 120 text ill., 16 col. pl. Hardback, £55.00 [ISBN: 9781843836803].
- Chris Dyer, A Country Merchant 1495-1520: trading and farming at the end of the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press 2012). 272 pp., 30 ill. Hardback, £65.00 [ISBN: 9780199214242]
- D. Halliwell, An unjust hanging: the true story of John Horwood, sent to the gallows by folly, ignorance and a doctors selfish cruelty (Cirencester, Memoirs Publishing 2012). 103pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £12.99 [ISBN: 9781909020665].
- Nicholas Herbert (ed.), The Forest of Dean Eyre of 1634 Gloucestershire Record Series 26 (BGAS 2012). xxxix + 182 pp., 1 fig., 3 tables, 1 loose map. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 9780900197802]
- Evan T. Jones, Inside the Illicit Economy: reconstructing the smugglers trade of Sixteenth Century Bristol (Farnham, Ashgate Publishing 2012). xvi + 249 pp., 8 figs., 15 tables. Hardback, £65.00 [ISBN: 9781409440192].
- Huw M. Jones, The Illustrations for Garter Biglands Historical Collections of Gloucestershire (Bisley, The Shermershill Press 2011). xi + 100 pp., 19 illus. Hardback, £35.00 [ISBN: 9780955384141]
- C.S. Knighton (ed.), Clifton College: foundation to evacuation Bristol Record Society 65 (Bristol 2012). xlvi + 452 pp., 16 pl., 3 maps. Hardback, no price [ISBN: 9780901538485].
- M. Posner, Bristol Murders (Stroud, Amberley Publishing 2010). 96pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £12.99 [ISBN: 9781848681927].
- Jennifer Tann, Wool & Water: the Gloucestershire Woollen Industry and its Mills (Stroud, The History Press 2012). 256 pp., 48 figs., 10 maps, 12 tables. Cardcovers, £17.99 [ISBN: 9780752462158]
- J. Toman, Kilverts World of Wonders: growing up in Mid-Victorian England (Cambridge, Lutterworth Press 2013). 326pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £25.00 [ISBN: 9780718893019]
- J. Toman, The Lost Family Photo Album: A Kilvert Family Story(The Kilvert Society 2013). 250pp., numerous illustrations. Cardcovers, £15.00 [ISBN: 9780957626607].
- Bridget Wells-Furby, The Berkeley Estate, 1281-1417: its economy and development Bristol & Gloucestershire Monographs 1 (BGAS 2012). xiv + 326 pp., 8 illus., 5 maps, 25 tables. Hardback, £30.00 [ISBN: 9780900197819].
- Sarah Whittingham, Sir George Oatley, Architect of Bristol (Bristol, Redcliffe Press 2011). 438 pp., numerous illustrations. Hardback, £49.75 [ISBN: 9781904537922].
Reviews from Transactions 130 (reviewed 2012, published 2013):
- Anton Bantock, Not All Came Back: A Somerset Farmers Son at Gallipoli (The Malago Society/Redcliffe Press 2010). 103pp., numerous illustrations. £10.00 [ISBN: 9781906593629]
- Jill Barlow (ed.), A Calendar of the Registers of Apprentices of the City of Gloucester 1700-1834 Gloucestershire Record Series 24 (BGAS 2011). xxvi + 196pp., 5 tables. £30.00
- J. Barry (ed.), The Diary of William Dyer: Bristol in 1762 Bristol Record Society 64 (Bristol 2012). 246pp., 2 maps. [ISBN: 9780901533314]
- Joseph Bettey, Morning Stars of the Reformation: Early Religious Reformers in the Bristol Region Avon Local History and Archaeology Books 8 (Bristol 2011). 39pp. £3.50<
- Jonathan Harlow (ed.), The Ledger of Thomas Speed, 1681-1690 Bristol Record Society 63 (Bristol 2011). liii + 553pp. (including DVD). £15.00 + postage [ISBN: 9780901538321]
- Anne Stott, Wilberforce: Family and Friends (Oxford University Press 2012). 13 b&w illus., three family trees. [ISBN: 9780105699391]
- Alan F. Williams, W. Gordon Handcock and Chesley W. Sanger (eds.), John Guy of Bristol and Newfoundland: His Life, Times and Legacy (St Johns 2010). xxv + 394pp., 32 colour plates. $24.00 [ISBN: 9781897317945]