''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.

''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 

Musician, composer, writer and historian Chris Shields investigates his varied and unusual family tree. Tales of Romanies -  the Northamptonshire Smiths, the Loveridges and the Scarrotts and the discovery of Charlie Chaplin’s birth on the Black Patch. The Baker's of Eastbourne. Seaside concert parties – Fred Austin’s Merrie Middies. The Snell’s of Mortimer.  The Shields of Peckham –  The Twilights and the Star Club, Hamburg.

Musician, composer, writer and historian Chris Shields investigates his varied and unusual family tree. Tales of Romanies - the Northamptonshire Smiths, the Loveridges and the Scarrotts and the discovery of Charlie Chaplin’s birth on the Black Patch. The Baker's of Eastbourne. Seaside concert parties – Fred Austin’s Merrie Middies. The Snell’s of Mortimer. The Shields of Peckham – The Twilights and the Star Club, Hamburg.