This book tells the story of Broad Leys from it’s inception; the design and building of the house, the social history of its various owners through the ages including their many social connections within the area, and how boating on the lake has been very much a central theme. It also charts the fascinating history of Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club from its humble beginnings at Bowness Bay in the mid 1920’s to the prestigious club it is today with its many illustrious world water speed record holders.
In total the book has 194 pages over 14 chapters, features never before published pictures of Broad Leys, a selection of photographs of all Club activities and retails at £29.
1 A Villa In The English Lakes
2 Boating On Windermere
3 The Arts and The Crafts:
4 Arthur Currer Briggs of Broad Leys
5 The Building of Broad Leys
6 Broad Leys In Its Heyday 1909 - 1912
7 Beatrix Potter and her family
8 Broad Leys in a time of change 1906-25
9 The Windermere Motor Boat Club
10 The Bowness Bay Days 1925-51
11 WMBRC at Broad Leys 1951 onwards
12 Records - The Quest for Sheer Speed
13 WMBRC at Barrow
14 Broad Leys: The house and the club today
About the Author
Matthew Hyde is an architectural historian who has written extensively on the architecture and history of the North West. He went up to Bristol University in the late 60’s to read Botany, but it was at Bristol that he became seriously interested in architecture. He came to the North West in 1972 and has lived in Macclesfield ever since, becoming very involved in architectural affairs and teaching in the museums and galleries of Manchester University. He took an MA in Architectural History at Keele in 1992 and published The Villas of Alderley Edge in 1999.
He was co-author with Clare Hartwell in the new Pevsner Architectural Guides: Lancashire; Manchester and the South East (2004) and Cheshire (2011), and was author of Cumbria (2010). He has also co-written a book on Arts and Crafts Houses in the Lake District (in publication).