Eccentric Britain: The Bradt Guide to Britain's Follies and Foibles

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Bradt Travel Guides, 2005 - Travel - 290 pages
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A delightful romp around the British Isles searching out the mad marquess, the eccentric earl, the barmy baron, and the daft duke and gathering a fair collection of crackpot inventors, weird adventurers and fascinatingly and not to mention insanely curious customs along the way. All of which make this rainy little island home to that remarkable breed of individual - the British eccentric.This expanded book still doesn't tell you where Stonehenge is, but it does tell you where ten spookier stone circles are where there will be no crowds, no admission charges and no parking problems... This is a book for the intelligent, humorous, curious tourist who doesn't go with the crowd. It is also a great armchair read that has been known to have readers weeping with mirth at the weird ways of the British.
 

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Contents

Eccentric Pastimes
49
Barmy Bureaucracy and Curious Charities
83
The Aristocrats of Eccentrics
103
Dead Eccentric
117
The Eccentric Church and Some Very Strange
145
Home of the Eccentric
159
Eccentric Gardens
177
A Place for Eccentrics
185
Monumentally Eccentric
207
Towering Eccentrics
227
Nuts and Bolts
253
Eccentric Itineraries
263
Further Reading
271
County
277
Alphabetical
283
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About the author (2005)

Benedict le Vay is a sub-editor on the features section of the Daily Mail newspaper in the UK. He is also the author of Bradt's Eccentric London and mini guides Eccentric Edinburgh and Eccentric Oxford.

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