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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Crime and Punishment (Stocks, lock-ups, flogging, whipping) by Nicholas Reardon


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5.0 out of 5 stars Must See Area of the English Countryside 19 July 2013
Format:Paperback
This is a short fast read that takes a history buff or someone who likes to sight see on a journey through the Cotswolds to find some of the hidden features available. I recently read The Illustrated Cotswold Guide written by Nicholas Reardon's late father, Peter Reardon. It is packed full of sketches that Peter Reardon himself drew. I fell in love with the English countryside and have decided I must visit there. This book, has only made me more determined to visit and take in the many unique and charming bits of history available. This may be a small book but it is full of wonderful things to see and do while visiting the Cotswold area. I highly recommend reading both books together so you have a more thorough picture of what the area has to offer. Mr. Reardon has a personal interest in gargoyles and you will find some very unique specimens throughout this book. It is a must read for anyone who is looking for a new place to visit. It is definitely on my bucket list. I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful dip into a past time in the Cotswolds 5 July 2013
Format:Paperback
Having recently obtained a copy of 'Crime & Punishment In and Around the Cotswold Hills', I was was particularly pleased with the quality and feel of the book as soon as I opened and dipped into it. Needless to say I could not put it down and look forward to being able to follow in the footsteps of both Nicholas Reardon (author) and his father Peter's explorations of the local villages in and around the Cotswolds - those line drawings of Peter Reardon's are super and the photographs complement bot those drawings and text. I love the layout of the book, open, simple and really attractive - I will be taking it with me on my next visit to the Cotswolds - Super Job. When do we see the next in this series?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful little book 24 July 2013
By Marion
Format:Paperback
This delightful little book is the perfect taster for locals and visitors interested in the quirkier side of the Cotswold's history. Each site of interest is illustrated with beautiful line drawings, colour photographs and bite-size descriptions, giving the reader enough information to appreciate its history but leaving avenues open for those who wish to go off and explore in further depth. Ideal to read at home and whet your appetite for a day out or to buy `on the day' when you're out and about in the Cotswolds. Brilliant!
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Crime and Punishment in and about the Cotswold Hills This fully illustrated colour book written by Cotswold publisher Nicholas Reardon shows the reader in Photographs and Sketches old time punishments such as stocks, whipping posts and lock-ups along with stories of murdered Kings and Court Jesters, Highwaymen and War Crimes committed long ago, when the Cotswold hills were not so peaceful. Having lived in the Cotswolds all my life, and with a keen interest in history, I would like to share my love of this area with you by pointing out some of the hidden features to be found in this unique part of the English countryside. Over the years my father, the well-known Cotswold artist Peter Reardon, had drawn a number of little sketches showing stocks, whipping posts and old town lock-ups. These illustrated the historic types of punishment served up to those who broke the law in and around these lovely and now peaceful hills. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even after so many years these objects that my father had drawn were still in existence; they had been well looked after and could be viewed by anyone interested in this type of unusual history. Using the drawings as a starting point I photographed these objects to show how they look today. Then, along with a short description plus directions of how to find them, I produced the book you are now holding. Whilst reading this book you may notice that one of my personal interests is Gargoyles and I have scattered a few of my favourites throughout its pages. The Cotswolds contain a treasure trove of history: its grand stately homes and castles; the far older stone circles and ancient burial mounds; all in all, any visitor will be able to find something to delight them in these rolling hills. Nicholas Reardon


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