Do you ever have the feeling that you’d like to know more about the place you live? Do you look at those chalk downs from your window and wonder how they came into being, or who used the old stone-cobbled lanes that run over the hills? Perhaps you are curious about the odd street names in your town – Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate, The Drang, Cinnamon Lane – or what was made in that old factory before they turned it into an arts centre. Or maybe you long to play the house detective and find out when your home was built, and why it was built and who lived there before you? Every house, street, field and country lane has a unique story to tell. All you need is the key to unlock this treasure-trove of personal history. And that’s exactly what The Story of Where You Live is all about. This beautifully illustrated book is packed with expert knowledge about the landscape that surrounds us, from rural woods and fields to motorways and out-of-town shopping malls, about communities from the smallest village to the biggest modern city. Plentiful examples and case histories, quirky stories and odd facts add a pinch of spice to every page.
The Story of Where You Live is also an easy-to-use practical tool for those who want to be their own detective. Not only does the book offer you thousands of remarkable facts, stories and lines of enquiry, it also tells you how and where to find out more – through web sites, libraries, record offices and chats with the neighbours – until you have built up a complete picture of the story of your home, your neighbourhood and the part of Britain where you live. Where we live really matters to us: it is where we feel most comfortable, where we feel at home. The history of home, community and countryside builds up in layers like old coats of paint. The Story of Where You Live helps you to peel away these layers to expose the real, fascinating story of the place you call home.