Bradshaw’s Guide

I mentioned in a previous post getting a copy of Bradshaw’s Guide, the Victorian travellers’ guide to Britain by rail. I was inspired to buy one after enjoying Great British Railway Journeys on BBC 2. It’s a great dip-in book! The writing is far from dry, as you might expect such a book from that period to be. Sometimes it’s quite poetic, sometimes it displays a droll wit. Take this from the section on Ramsgate that I’ve just been reading:

‘And for a quiet stroll in another direction is Broadstairs, two miles to the north-east, very genteel, and very dull; the aspect of this “exceedingly select” place of residence is so imposingly quiet as to make one involuntarily walk about on tip-toe for fear of violating the solemn sanctity of the place.’

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