New guide to Richmond published by tourist information centre

Tourist information centre volunteers with the new book.

Richmond’s tourist information centre has published a new guide to the town called the Little but Wondrous Guide to Richmond — or LBW for short.

The original book has been compiled by a wide team of people from across the community to help visitors and locals appreciate and better understand what makes Richmond a special place.

Graham Berry, the retired head of history at Richmond School, had the job of deciding what to include in the guide to create a work with the broadest possible appeal.

He said: “The Little but Wondrous Guide to Richmond isn’t really a history book nor is it what you’d call a typical guide

“However, whether you’ve lived in the town your whole life or you’re just visiting for a few hours, we think that you’ll find the book rather amusing while at the same time being decidedly useful.”

The collection of anecdotes, character sketches and architectural features mentioned in LBW is complemented by a catalogue of photographs, paintings and illustrations from both private and public archives.

“There are over 75 images in the book, many of which have rarely or never been seen before,” said Donald Cline, who had the task of compiling the visuals for the guide.

“We’ve also had the dedicated support of Richmond photographer, John Embleton, who captured many of the contemporary pictures that are featured throughout the book.”

LBW has been laid out geographically so that readers can choose a specific location in Richmond, like Newbiggin, and discover a number of wildly different stories that bring this particular part of the town alive.

Readers of LBW will also encounter many of the well-known people associated with Richmond’s past and present, such as Alan of Brittany, one of the wealthiest individuals in history; Lewis Carroll’s links to the town and how it may have inspired his stories; Sir Ian McKellen’s performance at the Georgian Theatre Royal as part of a long tradition of famous actors in Richmond and of a famous ex-student of the Girls’ High School, Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court.

The book will also bring to life the exploits of some lesser well-known characters, such as Robert Spence, who helped to begin Richmond’s strong links to cycling.

Of the Victorian policeman, Charles Manley, who was so ill treated by the drunken workmen he was sent to control that he subsequently died from his injuries, even though his tradition lives on in the town.

The Richmond Information Centre which is located in the library, is run entirely by volunteers and provides a vital service to visitors and locals alike.

In the New Year there are plans afoot to move the Centre to the Market Hall in the Market Place.

Copies of the Little but guide are available from the information centre, The Station, Meynells, Edwina’s, Richmond Post Office, the Kings Head and Castle Hill Books.

It is priced at £2 and proceeds from its sale help to maintain the work of the Information Centre.  An informal launch party that’s open to everyone, will take place at The Station on Sunday, January 12 at noon where many of the contributors to the publication will be on hand.

For additional information about the Little but Wondrous Guide to Richmond or if you would like to sell the book, please contact Donald Cline – 01748 822116 / 07984 862 587 –

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  1. Please stop advertising Richmond!I’m tired of the arrogance and rudeness of visitors!!

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