Recommended Local History Books

Book List

The following books have been published by various members of the Friends of the Aldershot Military museum. They cover local history of Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove.  I strongly recommend purchasing them all!

Amazon.co.uk stock them, but some of the books listed are currently unavailable, however, you may be able to find them from alternative sellers. Some books are available at the Aldershot Military Museum shop, Aldershot WH Smiths and the Prince Consort's Library.

  • Title: Aldershot Military Heritage
  • Author: Paul H. Vickers
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (15 July 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445665905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445665900
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
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The Hampshire town of Aldershot has long been synonymous with the military; so much so that it became known as the 'Home of the British Army' and grew rapidly from a small village to a Victorian town. In this fascinating account of the town's military heritage, local military historian, Paul Vickers, explains why the Army came to Aldershot and made this their main camp, growing to accommodate up to 15,000 soldiers within three years. He looks at the phases of building and re-building the camp, up to its maximum extent just before World War Two, post-war rebuilding and the need for for a new relationship with the civilian town, and the more recent reduction in numbers. Along the way, the book explores the role of the town during the Crimea, Zulu War, Egypt and Boer War, the World Wars and conflicts since 1945: Suez, IRA bombing, Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aldershot History Tour

  • Title: Aldershot History Tour
  • Author: Paul H. Vickers
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (15 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445664259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445664255
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.2 x 16.9 cm
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Aldershot History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this famous old Hampshire garrison town. Local author Paul H. Vickers guides us around the streets, parks and buildings, showing how its famous landmarks used to look and how they’ve changed over the years, as well as exploring its lesser-known sights 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 Aldershot.

Aldershot History Tour

  • Title: Rushmoor Remembers
  • Authors: Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum, Paul H. Vickers, Roger Deason, Melita Stone
  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum (11 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095664841X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956648419
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 0.5 x 25 cm
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Cody Book

  • Title: The Flying Cowboy
  • Author: Peter Reese
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (15 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752436597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752436593
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.6 x 24.6 cm
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Cody Book

  • Title: Aldershot Past
  • Author: Stephen Phillips, Gillian Picken
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (10 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860771440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860771446
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2 x 24.6 cm
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Aldershot Past Book

  • Title: Aldershot Through Time
  • Author: Paul H. Vickers
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445610264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445610269
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 23.5 cm
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Cody Book

  • Title: A Gift So Graciously Bestowed: The History of the Prince Consort's Library, Aldershot
  • Author: Paul H. Vickers
  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956648401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956648402
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 1.3 x 24.9 cm
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A Gift So Graciously Bestowed Book