Book reviews — December 1991
THE SAVE BRITAIN'S HERITAGE ACTION GUIDE by Marcus Binney and Marianne Watson-Smythe
Collins & Brown, £6.99
A review in Conservation Bulletin published by English Heritage describes how the book relates SAVE's story with a large number of case histories and 'shows how imaginative and incisive publicity can arouse public interest sufficient to arrest destruction and arouse local involvement in conservation.' 'Country houses constitute the majority — perhaps too many — of the case studies.... followed by churches and industrial buildings.' BILL FIRTH
A BRIDGE TO VICTORY, James Harpur
Ministry of Defence. November 1991
First designed en the back of an envelope, the Bailey Bridge has been described as the sapper's dream, the perfect reply to bridge destruction by the enemy. Although both bridge and inventor won high acclaim during WWII the story of Donald Bailey and how he came to design his famous bridge has never been told before.
THE BRICKFIELDS OF ACTON By A. and T. Harper Smith
This is an interesting piece of research into the brickmaking industry in Acton, with diagrams and lists showing the areas of the brickfields and the number of bricks produced. Brickmakers collected household dustbin rubbish and in some cases they bought household rubbish for sorting, to incorporate the ash in the bricks. Complaints were made by the local population about the smell of rotting and burning rubbish. The ownership of the land and the situation of the 'brickies' is described. This is an interesting read in 77 pages, priced at £3.50 to include postage and packing. This is no. 26 in the series of Acton Past and Present available from Averil Harper-Smith, 48 Perryn Rd, London W3 7NA
THE BOOK OF THE RIVER LEA
The story of the River Lea from Leagrave in Bedfordshire to the Thames in words and pictures by Margaret Ashby. Limited edition of numbered copies by prior reservation £15.95. Un-numbered copies post-publication about £16.95. Further details from Barracuda Books, Meadows House, well Street, Buckingham, MK18.
© GLIAS, 1991