Status: New - Christchurch - The Golden Years looks back at times within living memory. The years following the Second World War were ones of tumultuous change...... more
Status: New - Christchurch - The Golden Years looks back at times within living memory. The years following the Second World War were ones of tumultuous change across the country and Christchurch was no exception. The book covers the period from the 1940's when many were looking forward to a better Britain, through the 'never had it so good' years of the 50's and swinging 60's up to the building boom of the later century, which wrought such change upon the face of the borough. Over 250 fully captioned photographs capture not only views but also activities and events from celebrations to tragedies, from work to play and from fair weather to foul, they form an important record that fills a gap in the history of a remarkable place with which many are familiar but will look at in a different light after reading this book.
Christchurch Curiosities (Curious) - The History Press
Status: New - Whether looking at the plan to create a nightclub under the High Street, the renaming of the town due to a religious legend, or the invasion scare...... more
Status: New - Whether looking at the plan to create a nightclub under the High Street, the renaming of the town due to a religious legend, or the invasion scare of 1539, both residents and visitors will find much to marvel at here.
The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang - Amberley Publishing
Status: New - The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang is a detailed study of poverty, survival and bygone trades. With major new discoveries about the watch industry,...... more
Status: New - The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang is a detailed study of poverty, survival and bygone trades. With major new discoveries about the watch industry, and the characters that inhabited the small town of Christchurch in Dorset, Sue Newman explores the significance of watch making and other cottage industries that helped to keep the people of Christchurch out of the clutches of poverty. Have you ever wondered who invented the first clock or where the idea for watches came from? If so, this is the book for you. Sue Newman explores various explanations for the origin of the invention of the first clock, an accolade that is often attributed to a Pope named Gerbert in 920AD. The Chain Gang charts the story of the increasing miniaturisation of clocks which eventually transformed into watches and explores the significance of the fuse chain and what this industry meant to the inhabitants of Christchurch.
Advantages: Wonderful view from spire, interesting decor, great central location near other sites, free Disadvantages: Quite busy
...Christchurch is my favourite city in New Zealand. It is modern and happening, whilst still retaining a very refined and serene atmosphere, with its willow-banked river creeping through the city centre, benches in small gardens for people to pass time on, and lovely old buildings.
The centrepiece of Christchurch would have to be its gothic-style cathedral. It is located in the attractively...
Advantages: Brilliant views. Disadvantages: Make sure weather is nice before you go. Expensive.
...We heard that New Zealand was famous for having more sheep than people and after being in Christchurch for a couple of days, quite amazed that we hadn't seen any sheep, that was until we had a ride up the gondola.....
The gondola is a 945 mitre ride from the bottom of the port hills (very steep hill that the first settlers walked over on their arrival - i.e. had to get from the port to...
Advantages: Fun way to do a city tour Disadvantages: Rickety, don't run often, expensive, slow
...The Christchurch tramway is a 2.5km long tourist tramway that loops around the city centre of Christchurch in New Zealand. Although vintage trams are used, this is not a historical remnant (the tram networked stopped being used in the 1950s), but were reinstated as a tourist attraction in 1995.
Each tram has its own quirks and features, and each driver tells you different interesting stories...