Forthcoming and Recently Published
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The River Test
A Painter's Journey from Source to Sea


The clear waters of this Hampshire chalk stream are well-recognised for fishing, but the river also flows through some attractive countryside, which also has a long history. The author illustrates the course of the river with may sketches and paintings and offers his commentary on his travels down the river.

Paperback 72 pages in full colour
ISBN: 978-1-909054-14-1
Bryan Dunleavy
£9.99
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The Birth of Titchfield and Other Stories

This collection of short stories by several writers draws inspiration from the rich history of this village in Hampshire.

Published in paperback and hardcover
198 pages
edited by John Hiett

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-909054-50-9 £9.95
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-909054-51-6 £14.95
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A History of Wolverton and District, Volume 1
Manor and Town


The subject off this history centres upon Wolverton but include the outlying manors of Bradwell, Stantonbury, Loughton and Calverton, together with Haverhsam, Hanslope, Cosgrove, Grafton, the Purys and Passenham, north of the Ouse

Volume 1 develops the story from the earliest known settlements through the organization of manorial estates. The creation of Stony Stratford at the end of the 12th century provided a market centre for the district as well as a significant staging post on the highway. Great families built mansions on their estates and ruled as lords of the manor during this period.
Towards the end of the 18th century, improved roads and the new canals signal the start of an industrial age.

Publication date: September 2018
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A History of Wolverton and District, Volume 2
Pure Republic


The arrival of the London and Birmingham Railway in 1838 transformed Wolverton and the district from an agricultural area to a town with a significant industrial economy.
This volume take the story over a century, closing in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. During this century County Councils and Urban District and Rural District Councils were developed to administer an increasingly complex and varied society.
As the industrial economy grew the old villages went through a period of decline.

Publication date: March 2019
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A History of Wolverton and District, Volume 3
Decline and Renewal


After the second world war the railways and the local gas and electricity industries were nationalised. The Wolverton Works became less important and there was a slow decline in the fortunes of the district as the railways became an endangered industry. New companies settled in the district, but it was Bletchley which experienced the fastest post-war growth. In 1967 the creation of the new town of Milton Keynes.

Publication date: 1 March 2020
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PAPERBACK EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
The Birth of Milton Keynes

In the early 1960s the government began to look into the possibility of creating new towns to address overcrowding in urban areas. One site under consideration was North Bucks, at the time underpopulated. Various schemes were contemplated, some of which excluded the existing towns of Bletchley and Wolverton.
The book describes the discussions and interventions of various councils and interest groups as the concept evolved from a new town of high density housing linked by a monorail system to something approaching the plan that came to fruition.
The new town was formally announced on January 23rd 1967 and this book was published on that day 50 years later.
Paperback 245 pages
ISBN: 978-1-909054-45-5
£11.99.

Available through Waterstones and independent bookstores
and through Amazon here.
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North Bucks Bobbies

An organised County Police Force cams late to Buckinghamshire and not to North Bucks until the second half of the 19th century. This part of the world was still largely rural and early constables were placed in Fenny Stratford, Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell and Only.
Roger Boulton describe the emergence of a force in this highly readable account.

Paperback 102 pages illustrated 978-1-909054-44-8 £7.99

Published September 2017
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The Birth of Milton Keynes
In the early 1960s the government began to look into the possibility of creating new towns to address overcrowding in urban areas. One site under consideration was North Bucks, at the time underpopulated. Various schemes were contemplated, some of which excluded the existing towns of Bletchley and Wolverton.
The book describes the discussions and interventions of various councils and interest groups as the concept evolved from a new town of high density housing linked by a monorail system to something approaching the plan that came to fruition.
The new town was formally announced on January 23rd 1967 and this book was published on that day 50 years later.
Hardcover 245 pages
ISBN: 978-1-909054-40-0
£20.

Available through Waterstones and independent bookstores
and through Amazon here.
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The Woodville Chronicle

The Woodville name came to prominence in 1464 when Edward IV surprisingly chose Elizabeth Woodville as his queen. Her family are less well-known and are frequently disparaged and dismissed in history books as a parvenu family. The truth is rather different. The Woodvilles were well-established by the late 14th century and Sir Richard Woodville was created a baron by Henry VI in 1448. He also served on the king's council, and continued in that role after the accession of Edward IV, well before his daughter's elevation.
The Woodville family benefited from the marriage, but on the whole they were talented and able to fulfil their new roles. Their fortunes took a turn for the worse in 1483 after Richard III came to power and although the survivors held their place in the aristocracy after the Tudor accession, they were never again so prominent.

Paperback 270 pages 978-1-909054-41-7 £13.95

Published June 2017
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Like an Ever-rolling Stream

A third volume of poetry by Rosemary Parrott with colour illustrations.

Published 21 August 2016. 118pp.
ISBN: 978-1-909054-36-3
Price £9.99
The book is stocked in local Southampton bookshops
or may be ordered on this site
or through Amazon.co.uk here.
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One Throw of the Dice: The Story of Richard of Conisborough
Bryan Dunleavy
The life of Richard of Conisborough was largely undistinguished until, in his 30th tear, he plotted to overthrow Henry V in 1415. The plot failed and he was executed. The ironic twist in this story is that his only son challenged for the throne a generation later and two of his grandsons became kings.
The story of his life is told against the background of his times and raises interesting questions about his paternity.
ISBN 978-1-909054-43-1 Pub. July 2017


178 pages paperback, with genealogical charts and photographs. £9.95,
The book is stocked by Waterstones and local book outlets.
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1415: The Plot
Bryan Dunleavy
On July 31st, 600 years ago, a plot to overthrow King Henry V was uncovered, on the very eve of the expedition to France that culminated with the famous victory at Agincourt. This book tells the story and concludes with some rather surprising outcomes.
ISBN 978-1-909054-34-9 Pub. October 19 2015

184 pages paperback, with colour photographs £11.95,
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Redbrick Revolution
The railway town of Wolverton grew from green fields in rural North Buckinghamshire to become a substantial ton of 13,500 in its first century.
This book describes the history of its development during the first 100 years with illustrations by Faye Lloyd.

112 pages with colour illustrations £8.99
ISBN: 978-1-909054-17-2
The book is stocked by Waterstones and local book outlets.
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