Stephen Butt

Stephen Butt

Welcome

This blog is about my interests in history and photography. I have always enjoyed discovering something new about the past, and there is always much to discover.

I am always pleased to chat about the subjects covered in my books and to hear about new historical research projects which I may be able to help you with.

I can also present illustrated talks to local history and heritage societies on a variety of subjects, some quite obscure, and I have my own audio-visual equipment.

If you would like to chat about a book, project, visit or idea, in the first instance, please contact me by email here.

A-Z of Leicester

BooksPosted by Stephen Mon, May 15, 2017 06:15:39

The city of Leicester can boast a long and distinguished history and has been at the very heart of the country's political and economic development for over two millennia. Evidence of Roman occupation remains at the Jewry Wall and Cardinal Wolsey lies buried in Leicester Abbey, but the jewel in the city's proud historical crown was the discovery, in 2012, of the skeleton of Richard III lying beneath a car park.


The city's stories can be found everywhere: from the Victorian mills and textile factories to the bustle of shopping centres and markets, in buildings, churches, parks, streets and alleyways, and in the people themselves.


Local author Stephen Butt takes readers on their very own A-Z tour around the city's history, exploring its nooks and crannies, and along the way relating many a fascinating tale of the most interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from the past and present, this new A-Z guide to Leicester's history will appeal to residents and visitors alike.


£14.99 from all good bookshops, and all online booksellers.



A-Z of Leicester

BooksPosted by Stephen Sat, May 06, 2017 06:52:36
Copies of my latest book have just arrived, and as always with Amberley Publishing, it looks good, with a high quality of design, production and reproduction of the images.



A-Z of Leicester will be published on Monday 15th May at £14.99 - from all good bookshops, as they say - and also through your favourite online book supplier.

Celebrating Rutland's Independence

BooksPosted by Stephen Sat, April 01, 2017 07:59:32
Maybe it should have been called 'Rexit'? Twenty years ago today, Rutland regained independent status as a County, able to manage its own affairs. Here is an image from my 'Rutland Through Time', published by Amberley in 2007.



Leicester in Fifty Buildings

BooksPosted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 12:06:18
I enjoyed writing this book as I was able to take photographs during good weather, and chart my own chronological path around Leicester.

From its origins as a Roman settlement to its current status as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK, Leicester has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the city. Leicester in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the ancent Jewry Wall to the shiny and modern National Space Centre, this unique study celebrates the city's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way.


Well-known local author Stephen Butt guides the reader on a tour of the city's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels. The churches, theatres, pubs and factories of Leicester's industrial heyday are examined alongside the innovative buldings of a twenty-first century city.

Leicester History Tour

BooksPosted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 09:59:50
My next book to be published is a pocket-sized history tour of Leicester including a map so you can follow the route!


The publisher's blurb says: Leicester History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this East Midlands city. Local author Stephen Butt guides us through the streets and alleyways, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they’ve changed over the years, as well as exploring its lesser-known places and hidden corners. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and discover for themselves the changing face of Leicester.'

Published on Wednesday 15th February 2017, it will be available from bookshops and online at £6.99.