1. A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain by Daniel Defoe.

Defoe published three volumes of A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, Vol. I (1724), Vol. II (1725), Vol. III (1726). The full text without annotations is available on the web at various locations. Many have been created by optical character recognition and not subjected to proof reading so they have many typographical errors. The one at Vision of Britain has an attractive appearance and is devoid of errors but retains original spellings of places and people.

I have prepared full transcripts of three sections of the work. Note that the browser Safari on iPads and iPhones may not open pdf files without adjustment of settings. Firefox, Chrome and Edge open them without issues. For these documents I have modernized the spelling and added numerous footnotes to explain archaic terms and identify the people mentioned so that they are more intelligble to modern readers.

Letter 1: The Eastern Counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Letter 2: Kent, Sussex, part of Hampshire and Surrey.

Letters 3 &4: A journey from London through Hampshire, Dorset, the South Coasts of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Letter 4 continues this journey back along the north coasts of Cornwall and Devon with the remainder of Somerset and Wiltshire and then Berkshire.

Letter 5: A description of the City of London, taking in the City of Westminster, the Borough of Southwark and circumjacent Buildings.

2. Rural Rides, by William Cobbett, abridged and edited by S. E. Buckley, for the Holborn Library, George G. Harrop and Co. Ltd. 1950.

1. London to Hereford and back
2. From London to Faversham
3. Through Norfolk and Suffolk
4. To Battle
5. To Lewes and Brighton and back.
6. To Huntingdon
7. To St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Chesham and High Wycombe, returning by Beaconsfield and Uxbridge.
8. To Hurstbourne Tarrant via Winchester.
9. From Hurstbourne Tarrant through Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex to London.
10. To Worth.
11. From London to South-east Hampshire.
12. From South-east Hampshire to London.
13. To Dover.
14. From Dover to London.
15. Through Surrey
16. From Chilworth (Surrey) to Winchester.
17. From Winchester to Burghclere
18. From Burghclere to Petersfield.
19. From Petersfield to London.
20. Down the Valley of the Avon.
21. From Salisbury to Highworth.
22. From Highworth to Malmsbury.
23. From Malmsbury to Worcestershire.
24. From Worcestershire to Burghclere.
25. From Burghclere to Lyndhurst.
26. From Lyndhurst to London.
27. To Tring
28. Selections from a Northern Tour, the Eastern Tour, the Midland Tour and Progress in the North. (Extracts from his journal on journeys for his political activities which relate to the countryside rather than his immediate business.)


3a. In Search of England, by H. V. Morton, first published in 1927, 13th edition, Methuen, London, 1931. I have abstracted below the main places mentioned in each chapter.

1. London to Winchester.
2. Romsey and the New Forest.
3. Christchurch, Stonehenge, Weymouth, Exeter, Plymouth and Devonport.
4. Cornwall.
5. Dartmoor, Barnstaple and Somerset.
6. Glastonbury, Bath and Bristol. (Including a stop at Bradford on Avon)
7. Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester and Shrewsbury.
8. Chester, Wigan, the Lake District and Gretna Green.
9. Hadrian's Wall, Durham and York.
10. Boston in Lincolnshire and Peterborough.
11. Norfolk
12. Stratford on Avon, Coventry, Kenilworth and Warwick.

3b. The Call of England, by H. V. Morton, first published, 1928, 12th edition, revised, published by Methuen and Co., London, 1936. I have abstracted below the main places mentioned in each chapter.

1. London to Colchester
2. Hull, Beverley and Selby
3. York
4. Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.
5. Fountains, Rievaulx and Jervaulx abbeys.
6. Scarborough and Whitby, .
7. Durham, Newcastle, Berwick and Lindisfarne.
8. Carlisle, Lake District and Lancaster.
9. Manchester, Oldham, Pendle Hill and Blackpool.
10. Liverpool
11. Macclesfield, Buxton, Sheffield
12. Birmingham

4. English Journey, being a rambling but truthful account of what one man saw and heard and felt and thought during a journey through England during the Autumn of the year 1933, by J. B. Priestley, published by William Heinemann Ltd., in association with Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1934.   

1. Southampton
2. Bristol and Swindon
3. The Cotswolds
4. Coventry, Birmingham and the Black Country
5. Leicester and Nottingham
6. The West Riding
7. The Potteries
8. Lancashire
9. The Tyne
10. East Durham and the Tees.
11. Lincoln and Norfolk.

5. English Journey or the Road to Milton Keynes, by Beryl Bainbridge first published by the BBC and Gerald Duckworth and Co. in 1984.

1. To Southampton
2. To Salisbury
3. To Bristol
4. To the Cotswolds
5. To Birmingham
6. To Stoke-on-Trent
7. To Manchester
8. To Liverpool
9. To Bradford
10. To Newcastle-upon-Tyne
11. To Stockton-on-Tees
12. To York, Lincoln and Norwich
13. To Milton Keynes

6. The Lost Betjemans and Betjeman Revisited, HTV productions. Green Umbrella Videos, GUP 1350 and 1351.

1. Weston-Super-Mare
2. Bath
3. Malmesbury
4. Marlborough
5. Bristol
6. Clevedon
7. Swindon and North Lew
8. Chippenham and Crewkerne
9. Devizes
10 Sherborne
11. Sidmouth
12. Bath.


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