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Book reviews — April 1979

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SOUTH EAST ENGLAND, by A.J. Haselfoot
This is the fourth volume in the Batsford series and covers the counties of Kent, Surrey, East and blest Sussex. To this reviewer it came as a disappointment, with the Author not absolutely to blame. Compiling a gazetteer is a difficult task, the difficulties of scholarship, research, comprehensiveness, make it even more taxing when the area is so large. Mr. Haselfoot is a very active and practical worker on the national as well as the local I.A. front; he is Secretary of the Sussex Society and knows that county well, but the further North he ventures the poorer the coverage becomes. How can such a volume miss out important sites like Chatham Dockyard and Dover waterworks, but devote three pages to Sussex mileposts? The overall impression is of a volume and maybe a series, lacking good editorship and suitable reviewing of the manuscript. If the Batsford series is to become the industrial archaeologists’ Pevsner, the standards of the series must not be allowed to fall any further. Dave Perrett


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