A collection of articles submitted to the Gentleman's Magazine between
1731 and 1868.
There is a wealth of information for the historian and genealogist
alike. The Editor's
Preface, transcribed in full, is worth reading.
Not every town and village is described; sometimes quite large
towns are completely omitted yet tiny villages are included whilst
some important subjects are scarcely mentioned as they were, clearly,
not of interest to the contributor. Here are the views of individuals,
honestly given and not seen through the rose-tinted spectacles
of the writers of the nineteenth century tourist guides.
Full transcription of Derbyshire. Part transcript
of Devon. Dorset has not been transcribed.
The book contains no illustrations, although individual articles
within it refers to "Plates" which appeared in the original
However, an image of the 'Revolution House'
at Whittington discussed in the Gentleman's Magazine has been
found in another source, so is included here.
There are some delightful small decorative engravings and several
are included in the text. The engraving below left is one example.