Ivybridge, South Brent, and their surrounding villages and hamlets, occupy that part of South Devon which borders the outskirts of Plymouth to the west, and the southern slopes of Dartmoor to the north. Now the most heavily populated town between Plymouth and the Torbay district, Ivybridge has developed considerably from the small village it was at the start of the twentieth century, becoming a town in 1977. About four miles away, the old market centre of South Brent has seen only minor changes over the years and its character remains essentially unaltered, though it too has increased greatly in size through the development of recent housing estates on its borders. This collection of images, in some cases dating back to the late nineteenth century, complemented by contemporary photographs, offers an absorbing look into the region's past and present.
John Van der Kiste has written numerous books on British and European royalty. His biographies include Sons, Servants and Statesmen: The Men in Queen Victoria's Life, Emperor Francis Joseph, Kaiser Wilhelm II: Germany's Last Emperor, William and Mary and, with Coryne Hall, Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II. He is the author of Durham Murders & Misdemeanours (Amberley November 2009) and writes historical articles and reviews for local and national journals. John has contributed to the New Dictionary of National Biography, and has also published a novel. Proposed new titles from John include Dartmoor In Old Postcards, due to be published by Amberley.