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Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury   By: (1810-1910)

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Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway by John Randall is an invaluable guide for anyone seeking to explore and learn about the beautiful Severn Valley region in the heart of England. The book provides a comprehensive and descriptive overview of the places along the railway line from Worcester to Shrewsbury, offering a rich historical and cultural account of each destination.

One of the standout features of this handbook is the author's meticulous attention to detail. John Randall's love for the Severn Valley shines through his writing, as he effortlessly weaves together facts, anecdotes, and little-known stories about the towns, villages, and landmarks found along the railway route. Whether it's the ancient cathedral city of Worcester, the idyllic village of Bewdley, or the enchanting market town of Bridgnorth, Randall captivates readers with his sharp observations and wealth of knowledge.

The book is beautifully illustrated, featuring stunning photographs that bring these picturesque locations to life. Each image serves as a visual accompaniment to the text, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the charm and allure of the Severn Valley. Additionally, the inclusion of maps and diagrams further enhances the reader's understanding of the area, making it easier to plan and navigate their own journeys.

Beyond its descriptive nature, Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway also offers practical information. From details on transportation options and amenities to recommendations for accommodations and dining, the book serves as a reliable companion for those planning a trip to the area. The author's personal recommendations and suggestions for must-see sights and hidden gems add a personal touch that is greatly appreciated.

While the focus of the book is primarily historical and geographic, John Randall's engaging writing style ensures that it is accessible and enjoyable for a wide range of readers. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply someone looking to explore the Severn Valley, this handbook promises to be a delightful and informative read.

In conclusion, Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury by John Randall is an expertly crafted guide that celebrates the beauty and cultural significance of the Severn Valley. Through its engaging writing, stunning visuals, and practical advice, this book is a must-have for anyone seeking to uncover the hidden treasures of this remarkable region.

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Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line, FROM WORCESTER TO SHREWSBURY.


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The Welsh are justly proud of their hills and their rivers; they frequently personify both, and attribute to them characters corresponding with their peculiar features. Of the Severn, the Wye, and the Rheidol, they have an apologue, intended to convey an idea of their comparative length, and also of the character of the districts through which they flow. It is called "The Three Sisters," and in substance is as follows: In some primitive period of the earth's history, Father Plinlimmon promised to these nymphs of the mountain as much territory as they could compass in a day's journey to the sea, by way of dowry upon their alliance with certain marine deities they should meet there. Sabra, goddess of the Severn, being a prudent, well conducted maiden, rose with the first streak of morning dawn, and, descending the eastern side of the hill, made choice of the most fertile valleys, whilst as yet her sisters slept. Vaga, goddess of the Wye, rose next, and, making all haste to perform her task, took a shorter course, by which means she joined her sister ere she reached the sea... Continue reading book >>

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