19 NOVEMBER 1870, Page 25

Abbeys, Castles, and Ancient Halls of England and Wales. 13y

John Timbs. (Warne and Co.)—Mr. Timbs does not care to stick to his sub- ject very closely, but gossips away, telling pretty nearly all the stories that he can collect and by any possibility hang on to an old bit of build- ing, or to the places where old buildings have been, and, alas ! are not. There is an account of the battle of Neville's Cross, for instance, though the Cross has long since ceased to be. We have no reason to complain of this. Mr. Timb3 is careful and industrious, and can tell a story plea- gently. The articles are arranged by counties, the stories connected with 'London and its Environs" occupying nearly a third of the whole. What, by the way, can Mr. Timbs mean when ho says that on Septem- ber 4 the tree [the oak in which Charles hid himself after the defeat of Worcester] could hardly have been in sufficient leaf to conceal him " ? On September 4, or 15, as it should be, if we add the eleven days for the difference of style, the oak, we take it, has its foliage quite perfect.