2.1 The Watering Places
Each section included a map of the county (see below) and the towns selected for inclusion were described in terms of their History, Places of Worship, Walks, Public Buildings etc., Places of Amusement (actual entries depending on the town) and this was usually followed by an Official Directory and a Trades Directory. The Index to Principal Places lists well over 100 towns. As is usual with a guide of this sort advertisements abound including coloured page inserts. The whole begins with a section on London as many, from the northern part of England, in journeying to the south coast, must necessarily pass through the metropolis.
In this first edition there are no advertisements to give any clue as to what other publications the brothers were involved in at that time. Their address is given as Paternoster Square, which at the time was a leading hub of booksellers, printers and publishers with Fleet Street just around the corner.[iii]
Fig.2. Cover of Watering and Visiting Places of the South of England – Second Edition
Fig.3. Devon in Watering Places of the South of England from Philips Handy Atlas map.
The section on London is now gone and the whole work is listed with towns alphabetically. With South Wales now included the volume begins with Aberystwith and ends with Worthing. There is no index to towns but approximately 80 towns are chosen for inclusion and there is even a chapter on the Channel Islands. Advertisements are interspersed at irregular intervals and there are even adverts on the reverse of some maps in both first and second editions, e.g. on the back of Cornwall there are adverts for Westwood Park House (school) and Alfred Carver (first edition) while there is an ad for Apsley House school in Torquay “for delicate boys” (second edition) on the back of the map facing the map of Devon.
The brothers had now moved to 26 and 27 Paternoster Square and adverts in the second edition announce that they are sole agents for the Annuaire Didot-Bottin or French Annual Directory (Fig.4.). Other adverts announce the forthcoming publication of the 2nd Edition of Hotels of the UK (see below). Almost the final small advert inside the back cover announces the publication of The Watering and Visiting Places of the North of England and also of the 1st Edition of The Plymouth, Devonport & Stonehouse District Directory (which is promised to be ready in August 1880).
Fig.4. Advert for the Annuaire Didot-Bottin
A volume concentrating on just Devon and Cornwall also appeared the same year[viii]: Eyre’s Guide to the Watering and Visiting Places of Devon & Cornwall (Fig.5.). The Devon and Cornwall volume also has two county maps with the Eyre imprint. This is the only volume known which has a logo for the Eyre Brothers: an intertwined E and B. This is found in an advertisement for the first edition of the Hotels directory (p.113).
Fig.5. Cover to Eyre’s Guide to the Watering and Visiting Places of Devon & Cornwall
[i] The counties covered were Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Dorsetshire, Devonshire, Cornwall, Somersetshire and Gloucestershire.
[ii] For a list of institutions holding copies of Eyre´s various works see Part 3 Locations: Table 1 for the 16 editions of Eyre´s Plymouth Directory; and Table 2 for other works.
[iii] Although out of scope of this survey Kathryn Kane´s article on Paternoster Row at regencyredingote.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/paternoster-row-and-the-book-trade-in-britain/ is well worth reading.
[iv] Batten & Bennett; Victorian Maps of Devon; Devon Books; Tiverton; 2000. See entry 149.5. The Second Edition is online and there are illustrations of both Faunthorpe and Eyre maps of Devon.
[v] Besides the map of South Wales there are now maps of Berkshire, Essex, Oxford with Buckinghamshire and Worcestershire, all with No. 10 address.
[vi] The Watering and Visiting Places of the North of England, with the east and part of the west; a guide to the health and pleasure resorts north of the Thames.
[vii] The county maps are of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmoreland, Yorkshire (North and East Riding), Yorkshire (West Riding), Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. Counties outside this area are mentioned, such as Northumberland, Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridge and even the Isle of Man and Roker-on-the-Sea at Durham.
[viii] Incorrectly catalogued as Seaside and Visiting Places. It has 12 plates as well as 2 maps (289 pp).