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Border Counties collection (18th-19th C.)

Enoch Salisbury collected books about the Marches (the Wales and England border counties of Cheshire, Shropshire, and Herefordshire), and writers from the Marches. The Collection holds a range of scarce pamphlets and minor works on all subjects, from history to religion, from travel to politics. It is particularly rich in local history works for the counties covered.

The collection contains a range of scarce pamphlets and minor works on a wide variety of subjects, including history, religion, law, crime, auction catalogues, travel and railways, politics, education, agriculture, health, geology, and archaeology. It is particularly rich in local history for the counties covered, and many of the works contain illustrations and etchings, e.g. Six Views of Ludlow by Henry Bryan Ziegler (1846). Also of interest are the commercial and post office directories, many containing maps. Much of the material dates from the mid-19th century and provides a fascinating insight into the impact of the industrial revolution on the border counties.

Date range: 17th-19th centuries.

Significance: Significant in Wales and the United Kingdom.

Size: c. 2,000 volumes.

Language: English.

Keywords: Marches, Border Counties, local history, politics, religion, Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire.

Notes: Scrapbook volumes are held for these counties, including hundreds of illustrations of buildings, topography etc., related to the topic, ranging from the 17th to the 19th century.