Thursday, 8 November 2007

Kiddiwalks in Kent ~ Canterbury Streets


KIDDIWALKS IN KENT by Janet Cameron

Published in Paperback by Countryside Books
Price: £7.99
ISBN 9781846740275
Reviewed by Brenda Holbrow

Kiddiwalks in Kent - I had the feeling this book was going to be 'just the ticket.' Enthusiasm abounds on every page. It is clearly illustrated by words, pictures and maps. Children will love walking and exploring the woods and trails explained so well.

The historical outline for each area adds a touch of mystery and magic. Nothing like the walk to school - you will hear them say so! It is certainly a book to get us back on our feet, whether we are children, mums, dads or grandparents. The walks are not too daunting for old legs as well as younger ones.

Each walk includes a heading: 'Fun Things to See and Do'. Kiddiwalks in Kent gives everyone an excellent opportunity to watch for birds, discover hiding places in the undergrowth where pheasants and hares linger. See a lighthouse, a working windmill, a Viking ship, a chance to paddle in shallow streams, to throw bread to chuckling ducks on Goudhurst's lovely pond, to gather interesting pebbles and shells, listen for the marsh frog, maybe a ride on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway. Such exciting adventures with plenty of information regarding food and comfort stops. Even buggies can be accommodated on some of the walks. What more can one ask? These walks are very suitable for children and accompanying adults.

Well done, Janet Cameron, for putting such a comprehensive and sensible guide within our reach.





Canterbury Streets

A fascinating account of Canterbury”s Past

Fine craftsmen from medieval times to the Tudors and Stuarts have left their mark on Canterbury’s streets and thoroughfares, from the pilgrim inns and medieval timber-framed houses to the striking Norman cathedral in the city centre. This book examines the streets of Canterbury in an attempt to detail the history of the people and places contained within them and create a sense of the past.

The author has also researched previously unrecorded stories about Canterbury people including delightful, fresh material gleaned from the personal memories of two ninety-year-old ladies. What was it really like in WW2 when Canterbury was bombed? Read the book and find out. Then take a tour around Canterbury and discover the derivation of the old streets’ names, how they have changed and the new routes created in this many-layered city.

Canterbury Streets will surely delight all those who knew the area as it was and those who live in the city today. In a reader-friendly format displaying the streets in alphabetical order and with around 50 delightful photos, you could spend a day (or even a week) in Canterbury, discovering the city’s rich heritage. Available from good bookshops around Canterbury or through Tempus’ website address above.

Reviews for Canterbury Streets:

‘Cameron lectures in Creative Writing at Kent University and is a member of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She has put all those activities to good use in a well-illustrated dictionary of the city’s streets, mixing history with anecdote… She is good on the meaning of street names… makes much of the developments in the last century… Cameron records it all.’ What’s On, May 27, 2005.

‘The book is compact and attractively produced with clear illustrations… Charmingly, the book ends with the Crab and Winkle Way (one of the early railways lines, now defunct) bringing fishermen with their catch from Whitstable to sell in the city.’ Gloria Smith, The Woman Writer, April 14, 2005.

‘If you have ever walked around the streets of Canterbury and wondered why some roads are called what they are, a new book could provide the answers… it provides a useful addition to any library of the city’s history.’ Andrew Rootes, Kentish Gazette, April 14, 2005.

‘This is Janet’s latest book – an absorbing account of what she describes as ‘one of the most fascinating cities in the world.’ Flair for Words, May/June, 2005
‘Those who live in the city today will surely be delighted with this book.’ Mike Wilson, Link, April, 2005

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