Touring the british isles online


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  • Vision of Britain claims to be the largest collection of historical British travel writing on the web.
  • The Cambrian Tourist; or, Post-Chaise Companion Through Wales, 1828 (Google Books)
  • The Cambrian Tourist; or, Post-Chaise Companion Through Wales (Google Books)
  • Touring the british isles online

    1. 1. Touring the British Isles Online:18th-19th Century Travel Accounts Darris G. Williams, AG®
    2. 2. Itinerary• Introduction• Find a guidebook• People’s Collection Wales• Geograph• Google Maps
    3. 3. Introduction• Gerald of Wales wrote of his travels in 1188• Geographic, historical, and social context• Each travel account offers tidbits of detail• Start your online journey with a guidebook
    4. 4. Find a Guidebook• Search online sources first – Vision of Britain – Google Books – Family History Library Catalog
    5. 5. Vision of Britain• Gerald of Wales (1188)• Paul Hentzer (1590s)• Celia Fiennes (1690s)• Daniel Defoe (1720s)• Charles Wesley (1736-56)• Samuel Johnson (1773)• Thomas Pennant (1780)• William Cobbett (1821-6)• George Borrow (1854)
    6. 6. Vision of Britain• Search by place-name from the home page• Select an author from the gallery to learn more, and to read their book• Click on place-names to learn more about the places they visited
    7. 7. Here I saw ye way of makeing Runnet asthey do in Cheshire-they take ye Reed bagand Curd and haveing washed it Clean, saltit and breake ye Curd small about ye bag, sodrye them, being stretchd out with stickslike a glove, and so hang them in a Chimneytill you need it, then Cut a piece off this asbig as halfe a Crown and boyle it in a littlewater wch water will turn ye milke betterthan any made runnet and its freshe.
    8. 8. The Cambrian Tourist; or, Post-ChaiseCompanion Through Wales, 1828 (Google Books)
    9. 9. Long before you reach Merthyr,the blackened atmosphere pointsout the site; but whenimmediately upon it, you areobliged to inquire where it is, andthe way to it: The Cambrian Tourist; or, Post-Chaise Companion Through Wales, 1828 (Google Books)
    10. 10. P.S. One thing I must tell you, for it made uslaugh fit to kill ourselves two whole days.You must know, the women go barefoot, andwear stockings that reach just down to theancle, and no lower; but the strangest part ofall is, that these stockings are fastened roundtheir great toes by a long thread.They walk over the roads, and make nothingof it, though all rough and stony.
    11. 11. MAPS
    12. 12. Keep zooming in until you find your point of refence
    13. 13. Features appear to help navigate
    14. 14. The road branches
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