Willingham Franklin Rawnsley and Frederick L. Griggs, Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire, 1914

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ISBN: 1-84630-601-9
Pages: 543
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Originally published in London 1914 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this first edition of the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire, is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain. The original publication of the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire contains more than 500 printed pages, including a route map of the county illustrating the journeys undertaken by the author, Willingham Franklin Rawnsley, who chose to take many short trips from a number of central points, and more than 120 pen and ink illustrations by Frederick L. Griggs, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, motorways and bypasses. Willingham Rawnsley undertook more than forty 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire, amongst the most undertaken for any of the publications in the series. Numbered amongst these were: Stamford; the roads to Bourne; roads from Grantham; Sleaford; Lincoln Cathedral, the City and roads from Lincoln; Gainsborough and the north-west; the Isle of Axholme; Grimsby; Caistor; Louth and the roads from Louth as well as some fascinating detours into the folk-song, churches and prominent personalities associated with the county. Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series, which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers, writers and illustrators of the series and in the case of Lincolnshire this is no exception. This edition was written by Willingham Franklin Rawnsley (1845-1927), a well known writer and biographer of Alfred Lord Tennyson and the Highways and Byways in Lincolnshire are replete with more than 120 pen and ink sketches by Frederick Landseer Griggs (1876-1938). A native of Hertfordshire, this was one of thirteen books illustrated by Griggs in the Highways and Byways series. An architectural draughtsman, illustrator, early conservationist, associate of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds, Griggs was the most distinguished etcher of his age and the first etcher to be elected to full membership of the Royal Academy. His illustrations from this period 'capture a vanishing England of a brooding spiritual intensity, harking back to an idyll of vanished dreams' and as such fit very well with the general themes of the Highways and Byways series, that of a vanished or forgotten heritage. The presence of so many of Griggs' sketches in one place is sufficient reason to purchase any of the series in which he was the illustrator.

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