The 1900s saw a plethora of partwork magazines that could be collected and then sent away to get bound into one, or many, volumes. Nothing changes then, as we saw once again in the New Year when you could build your own aircraft carrier in weekly instalments. This picture's from a collection called 'Beautiful Britain', (beautifully done as it happens, in half leather) and this fairly fanciful watercolour was by L. Burleigh Bruhl. Any clues, you ask. Well, it's one of the most visited spots in England, but only really since 1839. I've only been here once, and fled. Which isn't really giving it a chance. I expect to hear amazing stories of more profound visits.
I am a designer, writer and photographer who spends all his time looking at England, particularly buildings and the countryside. But I have a leaning towards the slightly odd and neglected, the unsung elements that make England such an interesting place to live in. I am the author and photographer of over 25 books, in particular Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2006), More from Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2007), Cross Country (Wiley 2011), The Cigarette Papers (Frances Lincoln 2012), Preposterous Erections (Frances Lincoln 2012) and English Allsorts (Adelphi 2015)