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

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

 ''Playing and singing superb and marvellous musicianship."                 Stuart Epps - Producer 

''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.

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