Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine. Published since 1993, Best of British magazine is packed with stories and pictures guaranteed to bring the memories flooding back. Offering page after page of timeless reading, Best of British covers every aspect of life from the 1930s all the way through to today, recording the way it once was and demonstrating what makes Britain so special.
At the heart of the magazine is our Yesterday Remembered section, where we explore reader’s own recollections and memories of British life gone by. Add to this dedicated stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons, from Christmas traditions to great days out, and you have the perfect mix. Other regulars include reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword.
We hope you enjoy reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler…
Setting Up Home
Getting married is one of the most important days of a person’s life but is it really worth spending £12,000 on?
According to one of our two wedding features, that’s the average cost of a wedding these days – a far cry from wartime ceremonies, where friends and relatives would pool their rations to make their loved ones’ day a special one. Susan Brewer, who shares her wedding scrapbook with us in this issue, certainly had a memorable time when she got married just over 45 years ago. But even rounded up for inflation, her church wedding and meal for 90 guests would hardly dent that £12,000.
That figure could be put down on a house, surely? However, with prices nowadays, it would no longer be considered a ‘healthy deposit’, even for an energy efficient prefabricated home. But that figure could have paid for half of a 1940s prefab, which cost £675 at the time – fully furnished. We have a feature on those too and with an estimated life of 15-20 years, it says something about British workmanship that a few of these postwar ‘stop gaps’ are still standing 70 years on.
Of course, getting married and buying a house means there’s not much money around to pay for improvements to
newlyweds’ love nests. So step forward Barry Bucknell, one of British television’s original DIY experts. He may have had a habit of ripping out or covering up Victorian features, but as our article makes clear, he was popular with viewers.
As was ‘proper’ wrestling, which we also celebrate in this issue; Pallo, McManus and all were household names, beamed into our homes on a weekly basis. Threefalls or a submission? Come to think of it, we’ve known one or two unfortunate marriages like that, alas…
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