Mystical Britain and Ireland – Richard Jones
Given I’m a self-confessed geek, I love stuff like this. Mystical Britain and Ireland covers “over 100 important places of ancient worship and legend.” It’s broken down into sections, which usually cover 2/3 counties at a time. Places covered include religious places of worship; for example churches, abbeys, monasteries; stone circles; wells; castles; and much more. Each entry is accompanied by some background about the place in question, how it was built, when, and whether there are any myths and legends surrounding the place.
It contains photographs of many of the places, some more recent than others, and a basic map shows you where the places are. However, my only criticism is the book doesn’t give any exact addresses. In this day and age it would have been incredibly useful to have a full address, telephone number and website address, if there was one. Some of the places would be pretty difficult to find, as they’re not all hugely popular tourist attractions. Other than that, though, this is an incredibly useful and interesting book for anyone into historical relics and similar.