Through East Anglia In A Motor Car

James Edmund VINCENT (1857 - 1909)

The beginning of the last century saw an increasing popularity of the motor car as a viable method of transport for a significant number of the more affluent sections of the population. The freedom, flexibility and speed (!) that this modern invention provided to those who were wealthy enough to be able to afford to buy and to run one of these vehicles, meant that they were soon used for frequent social and pleasure purposes allowing both the travelling to and the exploration of different regions of the country. This book, from 1907: ‘Through East Anglia in a Motor Car’, documents numerous journeys that the author, accompanied by various passengers and friends had undertaken during the previous year, using various vehicles popular at that time. Although mention is made in the text of different motor cars used for the various trips, such as those manufactured by Panhard, Lanchester, and Rolls Royce (a 1906 Grey Ghost, no less), there is not too much reported about the running and maintenance of them. The author however, does seem to be really pleased when on a fine day and faced with a clear open road and a back wind, he and his passengers are able to cover a good thirty miles in an hour and half. Strictly speaking, East Anglia is made up of three counties, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. In writing this guide book and to make it more relevant and appealing to the car owning Londoner, the author has expanded this region to also include anywhere north of Tower Bridge on the River Thames, thus including central and east London as well as the entire county of Essex in his journeys. These expeditions take us to many places that nowadays are very much ‘off the beaten track’ but were, a century ago, very much on the main ‘tracks’ through this region. But, it is not only routes and locations that have been written about. The author also includes numerous details and stories of the area’s historical events, geographical and architectural features, customs, legends and myths that will give the listener an appreciation of an area of England that has an extremely fascinating cultural heritage. So, start your engines and join me if you will, on an auditory journey of discovery around an understated yet unique part of England as it was at the turn of the last century. - Summary by TND

Genre(s): Travel & Geography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction TND
00:12:40
Play 01 Ch 1 Pt 1: Winter. [Oxford] To Cambridge, Newmarket, And Ipswich TND
00:36:58
Play 02 Ch 1 Pt 2: Winter. [Oxford] To Cambridge, Newmarket, And Ipswich TND
00:39:06
Play 03 Ch 2 Pt 1: Winter. Ipswich To Norwich TND
00:34:30
Play 04 Ch 2 Pt 2: Winter. Ipswich To Norwich TND
00:36:23
Play 05 Ch 3: Winter. Norwich To London By Roman Road TND
00:37:56
Play 06 Ch 4 Pt 1: Spring. Through The Heart Of East Anglia TND
00:52:07
Play 07 Ch 4 Pt 2: Spring. Through The Heart Of East Anglia TND
00:44:04
Play 08 Ch 5 Pt 1: Spring. [In Norwich] And To Ely And Cambridge TND
00:46:57
Play 09 Ch 5 Pt 2: Spring. [In Norwich] And To Ely And Cambridge TND
00:39:15
Play 10 Ch 6 Pt 1: London, Felixstowe—Dunwich, Felixstowe TND
00:42:58
Play 11 Ch 6 Pt 2: London, Felixstowe—Dunwich, Felixstowe TND
00:38:40
Play 12 Ch 6 Pt 3: Felixstowe, Ipswich, Dunmow And London TND
00:36:23
Play 13 Ch 7 Pt 1: Late Summer. Colchester And Eastwards TND
00:41:14
Play 14 Ch 7 Pt 2: Late Summer. Colchester And Eastwards TND
00:37:38
Play 15 Ch 7 Pt 3: Late Summer. Colchester And Eastwards TND
00:49:59
Play 16 Ch8 Pt1: Colchester And Gainsborough's Country TND
00:27:54
Play 17 Ch8 Pt2: Colchester And Gainsborough's Country TND
00:29:59
Play 18 Ch 9 Pt 1: From Colchester Westwards TND
00:34:22
Play 19 Ch 9 Pt 2: From Colchester Westwards TND
00:23:54
Play 20 Ch 9 Pt 3: Colchester To The Extraordinary "Dene-Holes" TND
00:27:17
Play 21 Ch 9 Pt 4: Colchester To The Extraordinary "Dene-Holes" TND
00:28:50
Play 22 Ch 10: In Spring. Troubles Made Easy TND
00:36:30
Play 23 Ch 11 Pt 1: Great Ambitions Cheerfully Relinquished TND
00:38:34
Play 24 Ch 11 Pt 2: Great Ambitions Cheerfully Relinquished TND
00:38:44
Play 25 Ch 12 Pt 1: A Priory—Great Houses And The Fens TND
00:36:43
Play 26 Ch 12 Pt 2: A Priory—Great Houses And The Fens TND
00:30:23
Play 27 Ch 13 Pt 1: From King's Lynn As Centre TND
00:45:27
Play 28 Ch 13 Pt 2: From King's Lynn As Centre TND
00:34:22
Play 29 Ch 13 Pt 3: From King's Lynn As Centre TND
00:27:53