Second Edition. Newly revised and updated with 36 extra pages of info - now in chronological order.''An easy and interesting read, lavishly illustrated with numerous maps, engravings and photographs." - The Norwood Society.A new look at the history of The Beulah Spa 1831-1856, a once popular natural saline spring and spa, purer than Bath and Wells. A very fashionable pleasure gardens designed by Decimus Burton and frequented by Lady Essex, The Duke of Gloucester, Dickens, Thackeray, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Queen Victoria herself with Lord M and later on her children. The Beulah Spa reigned in Upper Norwood for over twenty years before the arrival of the Crystal Palace.

Second Edition. Newly revised and updated with 36 extra pages of info - now in chronological order.''An easy and interesting read, lavishly illustrated with numerous maps, engravings and photographs." - The Norwood Society.A new look at the history of The Beulah Spa 1831-1856, a once popular natural saline spring and spa, purer than Bath and Wells. A very fashionable pleasure gardens designed by Decimus Burton and frequented by Lady Essex, The Duke of Gloucester, Dickens, Thackeray, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Queen Victoria herself with Lord M and later on her children. The Beulah Spa reigned in Upper Norwood for over twenty years before the arrival of the Crystal Palace.

About the music:

His songs are a blend of folky, jazzy, acoustic poppy, country rock'n'roll.

''Here is James Taylor meets Carole King. It's elegant, melodic and timeless, light, lyrical and relaxed, genuine feel-good music. '' -              Sue Cavendish - Net Rhythms

"Never ever go to Nashville 'cause when they hear your songs they'll never let you leave'' -                            Paul Samwell Smith - Producer       (Cat Stevens & Carly Simon)

"I like it very much'' - Russ Titelman - Producer (Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton) 

''Chris Shields is the all round pleasure bringer" - Classic Rock Society 

 ''Playing and singing superb and marvellous musicianship."                 Stuart Epps - Producer                      (Led Zeppelin & Elton John)

''There is no-one quite like Chris and if you have yet to hear him sing - then you've missed out on someone very special. He's a writer like no other and his delivery and passion take one on a journey of emotions which touch the soul and heal the heart'' - Hermione Hennessy - Singer/Songwriter

Musician, composer, writer and historian Chris Shields investigates his varied and unusual family tree. He shares tales of Romanies -  the Northamptonshire Smiths, the Loveridges and the Scarrotts and the discovery of Charlie Chaplin’s birth on the Black Patch in his ancestor's gypsy caravan. Then to the Baker's of Eastbourne. Seaside concert parties with  Fred Austin’s Merrie Middies. The Snell’s of Mortimer.  The Shields of Peckham –  pie & mash and poverty. The skiffle era to the 1960s and The Twilights and the Star Club, Hamburg. The Lives of the Snells and Shields in Upper Norwood from 1938 onwards, touching each decade with his stories...it's all in this book.

Musician, composer, writer and historian Chris Shields investigates his varied and unusual family tree. He shares tales of Romanies - the Northamptonshire Smiths, the Loveridges and the Scarrotts and the discovery of Charlie Chaplin’s birth on the Black Patch in his ancestor's gypsy caravan. Then to the Baker's of Eastbourne. Seaside concert parties with Fred Austin’s Merrie Middies. The Snell’s of Mortimer. The Shields of Peckham – pie & mash and poverty. The skiffle era to the 1960s and The Twilights and the Star Club, Hamburg. The Lives of the Snells and Shields in Upper Norwood from 1938 onwards, touching each decade with his stories...it's all in this book.

More about the music....

'' What can I say? I like it. Your voice is strong and has good presence. 
There is a James Taylor influence, even John Martyn but so what, you're in good company.'' - Gilbert O'Sullivan - Singer/Songwriter 

''Playing and singing superb and marvellous musicianship. I hear more Loggins & Messina than James Taylor. Great music you're making here Chris.'' Stuart Epps - Producer (Elton John & Led Zeppelin) 

''A damn good album (Haunt Me) and one day the world will wake up to that fact'' - David Lashmar - Beanos's Record Store Owner/music expert/valuer and raconteur 

''You have for me been the master of melody'' - Clifford Adams - Singer/songwriter (formerly Clifford Davis - Manager of Fleetwood Mac 1967-1974) 

'As good as it gets - I love everything about it and shall play it to death'' - Gordon Haskell - Singer/Songwriter 

''Checked out your music Chris and it sounds real good. I like your changes and melodies'' - AJ Croce - Singer/Songwriter 

''I really enjoyed listening to your voice. Well written catchy songs, the musicianship is excellent'' - Mary Black - Singer/Songwriter 

''You are a great songwriter. I love your stuff'' - Mark Feltham - Harmonica Maestro 9 Below Zero 

''Like the album, man, with the rock'n'roll and the country stuff. Well done.'' - Dave Cash - DJ BBC Radio 

"You've got a nice sound there. Congratulations" - Liv Taylor - Singer/Songwriter 

​​​​​​​Lovely songs and vibe. Well done'' - Brendan Power - Harmonica Maestro