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Leeds, sited in the heart of West Yorkshire, is the UK's third largest city and is home to a community rich in history, ambition and achievement. As the financial, cultural and commercial heart of West Yorkshire, Leeds is a city essential to the global economic system. Although only a small borough for much of its existence, Leeds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries became a key centre for the production and trading of wool. As the Industrial Revolution progressed, Leeds developed into a major industrial hub, extending its reach into engineering, printing, commerce, health and education. Iron foundries were among other industries of extreme importance. The city then expanded, absorbing many of the surrounding villages and townships to become the urban city we see today. Combining cultural riches with strong transport and communication links, it continues to attract students, entrepreneurs and professionals, not only to visit, but often to relocate to this vibrant part of West Yorkshire. The authors have charted the area's great past, and the enormous changes that have taken place, through a selection of fascinating and inspiring old postcards.
Fenton is the 'forgotten town' in the novels of Hanley-born author Arnold Bennett. He chose to write of the Five Towns, deliberately omitting Fenton, which at the time of his writing was only an urban district. He argued that 'five' - with its open vowel - suited the broad tongue of the Potteries people better than 'six'. Fenton has never really forgiven him - but in truth, its battle to forge an identity of its own has been ongoing. Historically, it consisted of a number of scattered settlements radiating from that section of the old turnpike road between Stoke and Longton. Most people passed straight through it. However, the enterprise of pottery manufacturers and the prevalence of local collieries established Fenton as a town of grit and graft. Though not always a pretty place, there is no better town than Fenton to study the history of the potteries.
North Somerset has seen great changes in the last two centuries, and this evocative collection of old and new photographs shows how three of the county's communities, Portishead, Pill and Long Ashton, have altered and grown through time. All three had a close relationship with the old maritime port of Bristol, which shaped their history. As can be seen in these beautifully illustrated pages, many of the streets, shops, houses and workplaces have greatly changed. Sitting on the edge of the Severn Estuary, Portishead was an insignificant North Somerset village in 1811, with a population of just 369. It was transformed over the next 100 years into a popular seaside resort with a busy dock. Today, Portishead has reinvented itself as a cosmopolitan town, complete with a magnificent marina. Dependent on Bristol's sea trade, Pill has had to adapt to the closure of Bristol's docks, while Long Ashton has grown from a rural outpost into a prosperous village.
Eastbourne, situated close to the eastern end of the South Downs, near the famous Beachey Head cliff, is a bustling seaside resort. Originally comprising of a group of nineteenth-century settlements, the once subdued areas of farmland banded together to become a vibrant resort steeped in Victorian architecture. As a hotspot for those travelling from London and Brighton, the history of the town and the people who once lived there stretches out of Eastbourne itself and into these commuter towns. Suffering a variety of damages in both World Wars, Eastbourne has seen many changes take place over the years. One thing that has remained is the large coverage of the South Downs that dominate Eastbourne, and the pier and bandstand, built between 1866 and 1872, that stand firmly on the seafront in a 'timeless manner'. The area's rich seaside history provides all with a truly fascinating story. Within the pages of this book, Eastbourne expert Roy Douglas charts the town's history through a unique selection of old photographs, prints and postcards to show what life was like for Eastbourne's past residents, and to highlight the celebrations and the struggles that this picturesque, bustling town has witnessed.
Like every other town in Great Britain, Colwyn Bay spent the 1950s shaking off the effects and austerity that were the legacy of the Second World War. Colwyn Bay, however, had been affected by the war in a very special way. To a large degree, the optimism generated in other towns following the war was not mirrored by that shown in Colwyn Bay. Once the war was over and the Ministry of Food decamped back to Guildford, Colwyn Bay had to readjust to the loss of its former glorious role in the life of the country, and come to terms with the austerity of the 1950s. Colwyn Bay reverted to its pre-war role as a holiday resort, but these years were the last hurrah for the seaside holiday before the advent of holidaying abroad. Colwyn Bay struggled through the '50s trying to find a new role for the town. For Colwyn Bay, the '50s were invigorating and a wakeup call to the realities of the changed world following the chaos of the 1940s.
The pubs of South Shields are numerous and each has its own fascinating history. From enjoying a post-work tipple to celebrating the football result on a Saturday evening, the pub is the hub of the community, and an iconic part of Britain's high streets. Author Eileen Burnett traces the history of these drinking establishments, taking in the landlords, notable characters, stories and a pint or two along the way. From pub signs to bar hatches, every curiosity of some of South Shields' best-known pubs are uncovered; ideal snippets of trivia to impress your friends while buying a round. Well researched and beautifully illustrated, South Shields Pubs provides something for everyone, whether they have lived in South Shields all their lives, or whether they are just visiting this vibrant town.
The Exeter Cathedral Fabric Accounts document the history of Exeter Cathedral during a period when it was being extensively rebuilt by a series of active bishops. They show how the rebuilding was financed and give a detailed account of what was involved in a medieval building project, listing workers' wages, the cost of materials, and they show how building materials were transported to Exeter from Devon and from other parts of England. This information tells us much not only about the history of Exeter Cathedral and its bishops, but also about the relationship between the Cathedral and the surrounding area, and the economic history of the region. This volume presents the accounts from 1279 to 1326, and Volume Two (new series 26) presents the accounts from 1328 to 1353.
Covering 7,000 acres, Killerton is a substantial agricultural estate combining productive farmland and sizeable areas of woodland, as well as the two villages of Broadclyst and Budlake. At the heart of the estate is a fine 18th-century house, surrounded by a glorious landscape garden and parkland. The house is not a grand mansion but the welcoming home of the Aclands, who have lived in Devon since the 16th century. Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, who built the Georgian House, commissioned a young John Veitch to lay out the grounds. Veitch went on to become one of the greatest nurserymen and landscape designers of his day his impact can be felt through the garden at Killerton. Today Killerton still feels like a home and for many people it is an important part of their life. Dog walkers and runners visit at least weekly, others enjoy seeing the garden change throughout the seasons and many love the relaxed lived-in feel of the house as well as its superb dress collection.
From its earliest days, Bishop's Stortford was a prosperous town, something that continues up to the present day. After the manor of Stortford was purchased by the Bishop of London in the eleventh century, Bishop's Stortford developed into a thriving market town in the Middle Ages. The opening of the Stort Navigation in 1769, along with the introduction of the railway in the nineteenth century, further increased its prosperity. Today, with excellent transport links to London, and Stansted Airport providing access to the rest of the world, Bishop's Stortford is a town on the rise. Featuring full-colour images and fantastic vintage postcards, Bishop's Stortford Through Time takes the reader on a fascinating journey of the town's history and how it became what it is today.
The history of Glasgow extends back into the mists of legend, even beyond the sixth century AD when the city's patron saint, St Mungo, entered its story. From a small monastic community on the banks of the Molendinar Burn, Glasgow became the possession of Bishops and Archbishops. With the arrival of the Industrial Revolution, it developed into a powerhouse of the British Empire, and was sometimes credited as the Empire's Second City. Its teeming population and developed industry brought about problems, particularly to the city's East End, where housing conditions and poor health became a major concern. Much of Glasgow's physical history was sacrificed in slum clearances for the benefit of its inhabitants. The east end has never seemed more alive than during the twentieth Commonwealth Games, which the city hosted. It remains a friendly and vigorous place - and surprisingly verdant given its past!
.An artistic overview of the East Anglian town of Aldeburgh, with particular reference to the many forms of creative culture it has inspired and continues to produce .Highly illustrated with unusual archive material, and colorful contemporary works, several reproduced in book format for the first time .Will appeal to art lovers, musician, historians, and anyone interested in that part of Suffolk .Published in the centenary year of the birth of Benjamin Britten A look at the history, culture and personalities of this famous Suffolk town, through archive photographs, maps, portraits and contemporary paintings. Tim Coates' accessible text takes the reader from the earliest accounts of Roman occupation, through the development of maritime trading links (and the associated piracy) to the prosperous Tudor era when the famous Moot Hall was built, to the industrial expansion of the Victorians and the development of the town as an upmarket holiday resort. The unchanging aspect of the town is its proximity to the sea, which has proved both lucrative (drawing holidaymakers) and inspiring; but equally has been destructive, as the waves continue to erode the coastline, and floods have caused terrible damage to the town over the years. The book also examines the lives of several of the sons and daughters of Aldeburgh, namely George Crabbe, the 19th century poet whose evocative verses (in particular Peter Grimes) inspired Benjamin Britten; also the Garrett family, whose best known members were perhaps Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (the first woman doctor) and Millicent Garrett (later Fawcett) who was a leading campaigner for women's suffrage. The cultural heritage of the town is covered in depth, as many writers and thinkers lived and worked in the town. For example, Edward Fitzgerald (translator of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khyyam) lived in Aldeburgh, and many authors such as HG Wells, Thomas Hardy, and Wilkie Collins all stayed and worked there. Wilkie Collins' book No Name is set in Aldeburgh, and the descriptions of settings are recognisably those of the town. More recently, the author Kathleen Hale sent Orlando the Marmalade Cat on holiday to "Owl Barrow" in the 1950s, and the crime writer Ruth Rendell had a house there for many years. The most famous resident of the town was Benjamin Britten, who, with the tenor Peter Pears, founded the Aldeburgh Festival, and developed the Garrett family's old industrial site into the Snape Maltings music centre, with two concert halls and a music school.
DERBY'S history dates back over 2,000 years to when the Celtic Brigantine tribe inhabited the area on the banks of the River Derwent. Then the Romans took control, subjugating the Celtic sites before building a more permanent fort which they called Derventio. Later, the Angles and the Danes settled here, giving it the name Deoraby. Over the centuries, and with a slight name change, Derby grew as an important administrative and trading centre. Its strategic position on the banks of the River Derwent was ideal for the early experimentation of water power and industrialisation. The building of England's first Silk Mill on the banks of the River Derwent at Derby in 1717 was a breakthrough. Its success led the way for the Industrial Revolution, creating a model followed by others throughout the world. Royal Crown Derby is the world's oldest fine china brand manufactured exclusively in Derby since 1748. The town was the power centre of the nineteenth-century railway boom, and in 1904 the first car was produced at the newly formed Derby works of Rolls-Royce. The face of Derby has changed considerably. It's still a major commercial centre at the forefront of technical research and industrial development, but it's also a vibrant new city with a varied and exciting history.
Linlithgow, once the county town of Linlithgowshire, is now the 'Jewel in the Crown' of West Lothian. Its medieval palace was once the home of the Stuart monarchs of Scotland and the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Its population has increased over the last forty years from 5,000 to 15,000 - largely due to its popularity as a commuter town on the rail line to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. Linlithgow grew around its royal residence and developed from a small market town into an important royal burgh, trading with many overseas destinations through its port of Blackness. With an energetic local population and thousands of tourists visiting its historic monuments and shops, Linlithgow remains a thriving community today.
Hartlepool Through The Ages is a sister volume to Paul Chrystal's Hartlepool Through Time, produced this time with Stan Laundon. Stan not only provides many of the old images but has taken care of the modern photography and, in so doing, has given us some stunning images of Hartlepool as it is today. Hartlepool Through the Ages offers a further 200 pictures or so, none of which appeared in the earlier volume. As before, the book explores the three towns that make up Hartlepool ('Old Hartlepool', West Hartlepool and Hartlepool), along with outlying villages, this time including Wolviston, Blackhall and Crimdon. In this selection you will meet Chick Henderson, Joe Brown, Terry Bell, Henry Smith, Captain Perry, Egbert the tank, Winston Churchill and Miss Great Britain, among others. The authors will take you to the steelworks north and south, to Blackhall Rocks, Steetley Magnesite, Greatham Co-op and to the top of Christ Church, and will show you parts of the town by night and by day; you'll learn how to street dance on the pier and will watch a rehearsal of The Wizard of Oz. Altogether, Hartlepool Through the Ages is a warm and colourful celebration of a warm and colourful town, past and present.
For a century and a half Preston was the archetypal Lancashire cotton town, with mills and terraced houses for the workers. Behind the economic might of firms such as Horrocks, there was hardship and squalor: Charles Dickens used Preston as the darkest face of Victorian industry in his novel "Hard Times". Yet Preston had been an important market town, administrative centre and transport hub for hundreds of years before the first mill, and since the demise of cotton the town has resumed these ancient roles with renewed vigour. With city status recently gained, and the 2012 Guild fast approaching, now is the time to re-evaluate Preston's unique and important place in the nation's history. This is a wonderful book, fully illustrated.
Memories from Pembroke Dock is an anthology of memories, reminiscences and experiences of people now living in South Pembrokeshire. Pembroke Dock is celebrating its bicentenary in 2014, and this volume is essential reading for anybody who knows and loves this part of South Wales. The estuary of Milford Haven has long been used by seafarers seeking shelter and as a convenient base for military operations as well as trade. From this evolved boat and ship building, maritime trade and a strong affiliation with the Royal Navy, with the establishment of the Royal Dockyard. These developments, particularly that of the Royal Dockyard, required a large workforce that could not be supplied by the local population alone, so there was a major influx of working men and their families, resulting in the establishment of the new town of Pater Church. It was the start of a process of industrialisation that has ebbed and flowed to the present day. One effect has been a polyglot population and the unique Pembroke Dock accent.
Brighton's first suburb, London Road, was for its first century almost entirely domestic in character and the haunt of the genteel middle classes, whose gardens were praised by the Loudons. The suburb's change to commercial and industrial use provides a fascinating picture of a once prosperous community in transition. The suburbs subsequently spread along the traditional northern routes out of the town, following the sale of Stanford land in the 1870s, and over countryside once belonging to the manors of Preston and Patcham. This rare series of illustrations has been carefully selected from the author's private collection, providing a wonderful historical record of the area. Arranged geographically, the images in this book allow the reader to explore the London and Dyke Roads, Lewes Road through Moulsecoomb to Coldean, and the Ditchling road to Hollingbury.
Northern Canals Through Time follows on from the previous title by well-known author Ray Shill, North West Canals Through Time: Manchester, Irwell & the Peaks, as a study of waterway infrastructure, in this case focusing particularly on Lancaster, Ulverston, Carlisle, and the Pennine Waterways from west to east, including from Nelson to Leeds on the Leeds & Liverpool, the canal from Rochdale to Sowerby Bridge on the Rochdale and the Huddersfield (Narrow) from Ashton to Huddersfield. Through a similar 'then and now' study, in line with his previous titles, canal historian Ray Shill explores the construction and technical developments of the canals and their social and economic contributions to the towns and cities they passed through, as well as the architecture they spawned and the legacy they left behind them. Within the pages of this book, the history of the canals will be unfolded to delight and inform all those interested in the canals of the North.
Peter Lee's account of growing up in Nuneaton in the years after the Second World War is one of adventure and discovery. This memoir offers a glimpse into a way of life that may now seem very distant. The memories brought back to life will resonate with so many of the people who were growing up and living through this fascinating period. Nuneaton was a place of great change and offered a wealth of experiences to any child who knew where to look. From 'muck-raids' to fence-hopping, this book offers a portrait of mischievous childhood fun in the author's ever-resourceful quest to uncover Nuneaton and its little-known hideaways.
As a popular seaside town and resort on the South Coast, Weymouth is loved by locals and visitors alike for its rich and varied history. The town was particularly favoured by the Georgians, who popularised the seaside holiday and contributed a wealth of architecture to the town. Weymouth's prominent fishing industry and proximity to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, add to its unique appeal. In more recent years, the town has played host to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a variety of other sports tournaments and championships. For a number of reasons, Weymouth is foremost in the minds of many. Join Weymouth-born Eddie Prowse for a tour around the town and the surrounding areas, from its inns and breweries to the harbour and heritage sites. Carefully selected by the author from his twenty-five-year-old collection of postcards, prints and photographs, each image offers a fascinating record of the town and its people captured by early photographers who took to the streets in the endeavour to document the town in all its glory.
Nestled in a valley and surrounded by stunning countryside, Henley-on-Thames is a small market town in the heart of Oxfordshire. Henley's population is very much connected to its past and has many long-established local families, but new arrivals have further added to its diversity. Thanks to Henley's proximity to the Thames, the town thrived through its trade links, conveying goods by barge. Henley also had a rich brewing legacy, with breweries such as Greys Brewery, Ives Brothers and W. H. Brakspear & Sons providing employment to the local populace. Henley-on-Thames' historic links are most evident through its large number of impressive listed buildings. The Chantry House, a fine, timber-framed structure that stands in a corner of St Mary's churchyard, is itemised in documentation from the 1460s. The Bell hostelry has been identified as the town's oldest structure. While much has changed in this riverside town, Henley-on-Thames Through Time celebrates both the old and new as the reader is taken on a journey through Henley's spectacular heritage.
This illustrated history portrays one of England's finest cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Plymouth's past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts. Plymouth's location on Devon's south coast, at the natural harbour created by the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar, has shaped its history as one of England's most important ports. It was the home of the famous Elizabethan privateers Drake and Hawkins and at the heart of the developing Atlantic trade. The neighbouring town of Devonport, now merged with Plymouth, also became an important naval dockyard and shipbuilding centre and its strategic significance drew repeated aerial attacks during the Second World War so that by the end of the war much of the centre of Plymouth had been destroyed. The city was rebuilt afterwards in the post-war style of modern town planning, expanding to take over outlying towns, and today it is a major city in south-west England. This book will help you to discover Plymouth's remarkable history.
Whitechapel, situated in London's famous East End, was so-named after a chapel dedicated to St Mary that was destroyed during the Second World War. While sixteenth-century Whitechapel was home to numerous foundries, breweries and tanneries by the mid-eighteenth century poverty and overpopulation had struck. Perhaps best-known for the horrific 'Whitechapel Murders' between 1888 and 1891, the Whitechapel of today is a cultural melting pot. Much like Whitechapel and the rest of the East End, Stepney was largely marshland until the nineteenth century and the expansion of London's docks and railways. Today, only a few vestiges of the district's Georgian and Victorian architecture survive, having given way to brick flat towers and terraced homes.
The picturesque seaside town of Nairn enjoys a prime location on the Moray Firth coast; in fact, it claims to be the driest and sunniest place in the whole of Scotland. In the nineteenth century, the alleged medical properties of the local seawater (along with the good weather) brought Victorians to the town from far and wide, and following the opening of the railway station in 1855, Nairn became a respectable and popular holiday destination for the wealthy. The town was thus transformed from a once-thriving fishing community into a flourishing health resort. The expanse of sandy beaches, fantastic sea views and ample opportunities for riverside walks mean that Nairn has remained a popular holiday destination ever since. The harbour and its pleasure boats are now a mere reminder of Nairn's past as a bustling herring fishing port, and the town is better known today as a world-class golfing destination.
'Where do flies go in the winter? Through Denton to Hyde (hide).' This old music hall joke is probably the only reference most people had regarding Denton, apart from hats. The sixteenth century saw the introduction of the felt hat-making industry, to which Denton owed its rise from an obscure hamlet to an important manufacturing town. By 1825, there were twenty-five hatting firms and Denton was the third largest hat-making centre in the North West. It was here that the famous Trilby hat was designed by the Denton Hat Company, which was a best-seller around the world for many years. However, the town boomed in the mid- to late 1950s, as it no longer relied solely on hatting for prosperity. This unique selection of old and new images and informative captions will be essential reading for anyone who knows and loves this town.
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