Wagtail Press in Northumberland publish a variety of subjects including special interest and local history books. Subjects include watercolour paintings of the Northumbrian coastline, photographic historical records of towns, villages and the countryside in Northumberland and recently discovered fascinating historical diaries and journals. One of our most recent publications feature the beautiful photographs of rare red squirrels by the talented award winning young photographer Will Nicholls, On the Trail of Red Squirrels. You can order our published books here on our website. They make excellent Christmas gifts containing an immense amount of information, beautiful illustrations and photographs.

A Coastal Voyage in Watercolour
Author: Ron Thornton
Price: £19.50
Special Offer Price £14.50 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9559395-0-1

The beauty and splendour of the North East coast is captured in watercolour, supplemented by a fascinating account of local history.
128 pages, 230mm x 295mm. Hardback book fully illustrated in colour





Golden Days

Author: John Browning
Price: £8.99 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978.0-9538443-7-1

John Browning was born in the historic village of Corbridge, Northumberland in 1921 where home was the Golden Lion Inn. His was a childhood of innocence and adventure, family and friends, conkers and comics, humbugs and cinder toffee..."Golden Days".

132 pages, 210mm x 148mm. Softback book, 25 black & white photographs.





Homecoming

An anthology of poems by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Author: Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Price: £19.50 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-4-0

A limited edition hardback book celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Wilfrid Wilson Gibson's birth in Hexham. The first book of his poems published for over 50 years, this special limited edition of 1,000 books features 125 poems, many about the area most dear to his heart - Northumberland.
120pages, 210mm x 148mm. Individually numbered copies, colour dust jacket, cloth bound hardback cover





Old Hexhamshire

Author: Hilary Kristensen
Price: £20 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9559395-3-2

A fascinating glimpse of the beautiful corner of Northumberland, known as the 'Shire, over the centuries. Discover the oldest houses, early history of the church and schools, stories and memories. The sequel to 'Memories of Hexhamshire'.
152 pages, 210mm x 260mm. Hardback book, over 200 photos and illustrations.





Northumberland's Lost Houses
A picture postcard history

Author: Jim Davidson
Price: £14.99 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-9-5

Step back in time a hundred years or so and visit stately homes, halls and town houses, now long since disappeared from the county of Northumberland.
112 pages, 210mm x 250mm. Illustrated laminated softback, 158 black & white photographs.





Memories of Hexhamshire
Author: Hilary Kristensen
Price: £17.50 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-9538443-0-2

Hexhamshire is a special area of beautiful countryside encompassing wild open areas of heather clad moorland to the west and south, and the softer wooded vales towards Hexham town.
Ancient byways, fords, rivers, burns and sikes have all formed a distinctive network across this unique pocket of land in the south western corner of Northumberland.
This extensively illustrated book is a glimpse of life in the 'Shire over recent centuries through personal recollections and old photographs.
168 pages, 210mm x 260mm. Laminated Softback book. Over 300 black & white photographs.





On the Trail of Red Squirrels
Author: Will Nicholls
Price: £25 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9559395-2-5

Join wildlife photographer Will Nicholls on a journey to find the elusive British red squirrel, documenting its secret life with words and beautiful photographs .... several of which have won awards. Filled with many images, this book will provide you with a window into the life of the red squirrel. Stories from Will’s experiences studying these fascinating creatures are interwoven with factual information about all aspects of the squirrel.
112 pages. 240mm x 305mm. Hardback photographic book.
95 full colour photographs.





Life and Times of Thomas Dixon 1805 - 1871
Author: Stafford M. Linsley
Price: £17.50
Special Offer Price £12.50 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-6-4

During the early 19th Century Thomas Dixon, of Dukesfield Hall near Hexham, in Northumberland, recorded his family life, working days and leisure time in his diaries.His words give us a fascinating insight into his world; his life as a family man, lead ore smelter, early railway enthusiast, church and chapel goer, gardener, singer, musician and later as Station Master at Hexham Railway Station.Stafford Linsley's extensive research gives us an in depth background to Thomas Dixon's life and times.
256 pages, 240mm x 170mm. Softback laminated cover. Over 90 illustrations




Sparty Lea
An Upland Leadmining Community


Author: Jennifer W Norderhaug
Price: £12.99 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-2-6

At 1000ft on the edge of the North Pennines, Sparty Lea lay at the heart of the 19th Century lead mining. The industry has long since vanished but the miners' homes, chapels and schools remain. Past and present walk hand in hand in this special place. There is a story to tell around every corner.

160 pages, 210mm x 148mm. Softback book. 63 black & white photographs





Sticks in the Memory
Authors: Geoff Surtees
Price: Price - £7.99 + £2.95 p&p
ISBN: 978-0-9559395-1-8

A collection of humorous and entertaining stories about Geoff's working life in the forestry in Northumberland.
160 pages, 210mm x 150mm. Softback.
Also available is "FALLING FOR IT, The Apprenticeship" at £5.99 + £2 p&p
Special Offer - both books for £12 + £3 p&p





Thomas Irving's Journal
The Memoirs of a Cumbrian Farmer 1851 - 1917


Author: Thomas Irving
Price: £9.99 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-1-9

Thomas Irving's Journal gives us a fascinating first-hand account of farming and rural life in Victorian and Edwardian Cumbria. Based in and around Eden Valley, Penrith and Carlisle.
96 pages, 148mm x 210mm. Illustrated softback book





Whitley St Helen's Churchyard
Headstones and Burials May 1696 to January 2003
Author: Hilary Kristensen
Price: £9.50 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-0938443-3-3

This book covers all headstones and burials at the churchyard of Whitley St Helen's, Hexhamshire from 1696 to 2003. It will be invaluable to those researching their family history and will also be of interest to local historians. Surnames, christian names, abodes and often ages are included.
68 pages, 148mm x 210mm. Illustrated Softback





The Diaries of William Brewis of Mitford
Authors: Joan Foster and Dr Michael Smith
Price: £9.99 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-8-8

William Brewis's diaries give the reader a fascinating insight into farming, markets and fairs; weather, crops and livestock; sports, horses and hounds etc. A rare first-hand account of rural life in the first half of 19th Century Northumberland.
116 pages, 210mm x 145mm. 11 black and white photographs, 22 line drawings





Wagtail Press Books

Hexhamshire heather moor, home of Wagtail Press and Wagtail Designs near Hexham and Corbridge, Northumberland , England
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Hexham Remembered
An illustrated glimpse into Hexham's past

Author: Compiled by Hilary Kristensen & Colin Dallison
Price: £17.50 + £2.95 p+p
ISBN: 978-0-9538443-5-7

This book gathers together old photographs, paintings and etchings which show both what has been lost and what still remains. Hexham today is a bustling market town with many buildings which reflect its historic past.
160 pages, 196mm x 226mm. 230 black & white photographs and illustrations





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Book A Coastal Voyage in Water Colours by Ron Thornton buy online direct from the publisher Wagtail Press North Pennines in Northumberland
Book Golden Days by John Browning buy online direct from the publisher Wagtail Press in Northumberland UK
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Book Memories of Hexhamshire by Hilary Kristensen buy online direct from the publisher Wagtail Press Northumberland
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