Border Crossings by Richard Dobson is published
Travelling through the Welsh Marches of yesteryear and today
About the Book:
When Richard Dobson toured the border county of Herefordshire in 2005, following in the footsteps of Victorian artist Henry Thornhill Timmins, he recorded the experience in his subsequent book In My Own Time.
Join him in his latest tour as he describes, in their words, what earlier writers discovered as they travelled through the Welsh Marches, even before the word tourism was first used.
About the Author:
Richard Dobson was born 1943 in West Didsbury, a district of Manchester, England. He spent his early years exploring the English countryside and never regretted missing out on University. Richard retired in November 2008 after running his own sales and marketing business for 30 years.
His first book In My Own Time tells of a journey made on foot through the English midland county of Herefordshire and enjoyed every minute writing it. His second book Border Crossings Then and Now in the Welsh Marches was even more enjoyable and increased his knowledge and gained him many friends.
Excerpt from the Book:
The custom of touring in England and Wales began in the sixteenth century and gained momentum when turmoil in Europe during the 18th century interrupted the traditions of the Grand Tours. Gentlemen of leisure took to travelling the highways and byways for weeks or even months to discover hitherto undiscovered home territory. Professional travel guides were made available at Post-houses but travellers were often dependent on local men, who might have been expected to recognize any diversions or danger points en route. The terrible conditions of the roads up to the nineteenth century were a constant theme of the writings of Sir Richard Colt Hoare and his erstwhile travelling companion Archdeacon William Coxe. Another, Arthur Young, was so appalled at the state of the roads in Wales during his tour in 1768, he wrote accusingly about turnpikes being of little use.
What am I to say of the roads in this country! From Chepstow to the half-way house between Newport and Cardiff, they continue mere rocky lanes, full of hugeous stones as big as one’s horse, and abominable holes. The first six miles from Newport were so detestable, and without either direction posts or milestones so that I could not persuade myself I was on the turnpike.
Border Crossings: Then and Now in the Welsh Marches is available in hardback from numerous retail sites including:
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