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Hundreds of nostalgic photo books about Britain. Twelve fascinating ranges to enjoy, all printed to order and lavishly illustrated with our high quality photographs. From books depecting life as it was in the first half of the 20th Century to a more recent step back in time to the 1960s, via recipes, trivia and poetry - there's sure to be something which will whet your reading apetite. Many of our books can be personalised for free with your own text on the title page to make a perfect gift for birthday's, Christmas and other celebrations.

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Nostalgic Local Photo Books

Our Book Ranges

Over 2 million books sold since 1999

A History & Celebration

Compare the past with the more recent and celebrate our Nation's heritage!

Photographic Memories

Our popular range of local books featuring photos prior to the 1960s.

County Memories

Content-rich titles for a real insight into the past.

A Taste Of Britain

Nostalgic Recipes to whet your appetite.

Town & City Memories

A great mix of photos centring on specific locations around the UK.

Collected Memories

Memories from our website visitors, inspired by the Frith archive.

Living Memories

British life and landscapes within living memory.

Flavours Of...

Take a delightful dip into local flavours and food.

Did You Know?

Fascinating local facts, regional dialect, ghost stories, local recipes, sporting anecdotes and a quiz on local history.

General Interest

More general titles based around a theme - the clue really is in the title!

Poetry Books

A great blend of classic poetry with stunning Frith photographs.

Stock Books

Larger books, covering more general interests and available from stock

Personalise your Book

Most of our books are printed individually to your order, allowing you to add a personal message when you buy that will be printed on the title page at no extra cost, making our books a great gift or keepsake.

There is simply nothing like receiving a gift that has been specially chosen with you in mind.Our individually printed, personalised books are the perfect way to show you care and are ideal for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and leaving or retirement occasions.

Before you buy, you can add a personal message which will be printed on the title page of your personalised book for no extra cost. Available as paperback or hardback.


Poetry books and any books under the 'Stock Books' category cannot be personalised and available only in either paperback or hardback as specified.

Add a dedication to the title page

What people say:

I have just received today my free photo of Lord Street, Southport. Although I no longer live there, Southport will always be home and it is lovely to have some memories of the old place! Thank you for sending it so quickly.

Sent in by Gillian Adams

Thank you so much for a wonderful book which brings back so many memories for my husband.

Sent in by Mrs E Wright

….Many thanks for yet another very interesting book.

Sent in by Mrs M Wright

A really charming and evocative book. Well done! I'm very proud to have had my own name printed in it as a pre-publication buyer - Christmas presents sorted!

Sent in by Peter O'sullivan

Customer Ref. No. 161465 Received to-day my copy of above publication, Many thanks. Very pleased way beyond my expectations.

Sent in by David Brian?? Check Against Order No.

I am delighted with the two books I've received, Whitby and Yorkshire and will get much pleasure from them. As children my brothers and I spent many happy hours on the Sands as they were called by that name in the 1930s - not the Beach as it is named today!

Sent in by Mary Bell

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for arranging the prompt postage of the Rochdale Book I had ordered. I am amazed at how quickly it has arrived! My Dad will have a fantastic Christmas this year going over all the old photos and Memories.

Sent in by Sue Terague

Recently I received my copy of "I Remember When" (I had a friend send it to me) I am extremely satisfied with the quality of this book. I am also grateful to you for choosing some of my own contributions to include in this fine coffeetable book
I firmly believe that the Francis Frith Collection is a wonderful way for us to memorialise our living experiences for others to rerad.

Again Thank You for these opportunities.

Sent in by Denman Lalonde

I must apologize for the lateness of response but have only just finished reading said book which I found most informative. The quality of the photographs seems better than previous and the layout of the pages led seamlessly from one to another. All in all a thoroughly good read which leads me to quote some previous author who said, “the book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think.” Your books certainly make you think.

Sent in by Nicolas Oakley

To all at Francis Frith.I have just recieved my copy of 'I Remember When' which includes my entry about the Witch from my family's past (page 197, bottom right hand side).

As a hopeful as yet unpublished writer, it was fantastic to see my name in print! To know that other readers will see my own name has given me an enormous kick.

Also, the book itself is prooving to be a good read that I can pick up and put down at any time and I'll always find facinating stories, some of which have already brought back memories of my own.

My Dad is in hospital at the moment, so I'll be taking the book with me on my next visit to show him. He will be impressed with it too!

Thanks once again, all at Francis Frith for choosing to include my memory. I'll be using your site again to order very soon, and I'll sing your prais es to everyone I work with (whether they are interested or not)!

Best wishes.

Ann Martin (one very satisfied customer)

Sent in by Ann Martin

The book is great by the way just what I wanted & the inscription looks lovely. I've no doubt I'll be using your company again in the future.

Sent in by Pat Elliott

Came across your book quite by accident. What a wonderful trip down memory lane and also the added bonus of a free print which means my father's Xmas present is sorted! As he is Repton born and bred so a BIG Thank You!

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I am really thrilled with your website. I am visiting it after having bought your Around Manchester book. My family come from Salford and Manchester and I am ordering some photos from the book.

Sent in by Lesley Ratcliffe

I was delighted to receive my parcel on Wednesday of this week, having taken only seven days in transit to Brisbane "down under".
So Thank you very much for your very prompt attention to my order.
The quality of the books is superb and my family and I look forward to many Happy hours reminiscing about the places we know and love so much.
I will definitely be ordering from you again.

Sent in by Mr Stan Gill

I have today received my book and wanted to let you know that I am delighted. Just what I wanted and thank you for a very efficient service and quick delivery.

Sent in by Julia East
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