Review of ‘Winster Village Map’, by Winster Village Map Group

This review is by Julie Bunting, and was published originally in The Peak Advertiser, the Peak District's local free newspaper, on 20th October 2003, and is reproduced with Julie's kind permission.

WINSTER VILLAGE MAP

One of the finest local books of recent years was Winster - A Peak District Village Remembers. The villagers themselves were deeply involved in that publication and have no doubt played a large part in assisting Winster Village Map Group to produce the equally attractive, beautifully illustrated Winster Village Map.

Front Cover

The two-sided map is in colour, opening up to 430 x 735mm and folding down to pocket size. It offers a great deal of interest to walkers and visitors to this historic leadmining village. A watercolour 'aerial' view of Winster itself is featured on one side of the map, with sketches and descriptions of two dozen points of interest such as the distinctive local gennels, the Market House, lead mines and the old Poorhouse. A wider area around Winster is shown on the reverse, similarly offering fascinating close-ups, from a find of Anglo-Saxon jewellery to rare wild flowers and ancient trackways which today provide some great walks.

Artist Andy Birkby produced specially commissioned watercolours for the map and has not stinted on detail, as witness time-worn stone steps and massive stone slabs capping an old mine shaft.

Winster Village Map Group received a grant from the National Lottery 'Awards for All', enabling every household in the village to receive a free copy of the map. Copies are on sale in the village at £1.50, or £2 by post from Winster Post Office on Main Street. (Tel 01629 650034. Cheques made payable to JRE.)

Review by Julie Bunting


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