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Putting My Past Behind Me By Chris Shields
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“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. The discovery of Charlie... More > Chaplin’s birth in a caravan on the Black Patch. Then it turned to stories of the French Mazoyers and a watchmaker’s shop in Soho. Evans and Wormull – surgical instrument makers to the army and government. The Bakers 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 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”.< Less
The Beulah Spa 1831-1856 A New History By Chris Shields
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Fully revised and updated with 36 extra pages of info and pics -now in chronological order. A new look at the history of The Beulah Spa 1831-1856, a once popular natural saline spring and spa said by... More > 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 colour drawings from its heyday during the reigns of William IV and Victoria.< Less

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