Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Britain in Pictures

This battered old Shell Guide to Britain may be a bit out of date if you want to find your way around the Britain of 2013, but it tells you all you need to know about the Britain of 1973 - which, let's face it, is far more interesting.  It's a whopping great slab of a tome that goes into forensic detail about the history, geography and stuff you can (or could) see in each and every county of our ancient and beautiful land.

The most eyecatching part of the book is its colour plates: for each county there's a gorgeously evocative full page, full colour painting.  In an occasional feature I crave your indulgence as I share some of the pictures.  Sadly the paintings aren't attributed, but a few of them have intelligible signatures. First, let's go toWales.

1. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire


  1. Makes me think of the holiday-ers in 'Nuts in May" singing their folk songs as they roll along...

  2. As a former resident of (now merely holiday-er in) Pembrokeshire, I've got to say I absolutely love that illustration... just the way it manages to combine all the pleasures of hiking 'round North Pembs on a sunny day into one image, without looking at all crass, contrived or unnatural.

    Makes me wish I was there right now, walking through that gate for a tramp around the headland and a good look at that little church, etc etc... sigh.