In Edwardian England many hitherto obscure sites of antiquarian interest became popular with a newly mobile population. These images from Jerry Bird's unique collection of picture-postcards date from that time, when stories concerning druids, faeries, witches and giants were still told about the menhirs, stone circles, chromlechs, caves, gorges, crags and tors that adorn our countryside. This collection, categorized by folklore and enhanced with lively and scholarly commentary, includes many lesser-known sites. With the added bonus of map references and directions, the book is ideal for the modern-day antiquary or pilgrim who wishes to connect with England's ancestral 'ancient stones'.
The Victorian and Edwardian age produced a selection of great postcards of Old Stone monuments and prehistoric remains in the English countryside. Here are produced for the first time the best of them from Jerry Bird's classic collection which he has spent a lifetime building and now at last shares with us. For the traveller to England this will be an ideal companion for the Antiquarian explorer, Pilgrim or Druid as well as the everyday enthusiast. Every page has a full size reproduction of an original card with an essay on the subject shown and map references and description of how to find the site arranged by areas.Throughout the book, the enthusiasm for the subject and the lively commentary, shows great depth of research into local mythology and folklore. Many superstitions surround these sites, and whilst some are well known there are many out of the way and little known sites waiting to be explored.