Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Durham
Covering the whole of County Durham (before the boundary changes of 1974), this survey unearths kidnapping, highway robbery, incest and a burglary at the Co-op in Windy Nook as well as manslaughter and murder, from a strangled labourer in 1624 to the case of Abel Atherton, hanged for shooting Elizabeth Ann Patrick in Chopwell in 1909.
Burslem, now part of Stoke-on-Trent, was known as ‘the Mother Town’ of the Potteries because it was the first to develop ceramics manufactures at the industrial revolution. The town’s history is dominated by potters and potteries, with the Wedgwood families among the earliest – Aaron Wedgwood’s Big House works was the first to have a tiled roof. Hodgkiss offers a detailed account of the town and its industry, illustrated with prints, photographs and reproductions of the potteries’ design sheets and advertisements.
The History of Macclesfield
In 1817, when John Corry was writing his history, Macclesfield was the third most important town in Cheshire; it had been notable for its manufactures of silk and mohair buttons, but in the mid-18th century a number of silk mills were built, followed by cotton mills which brought prosperity and, in Corry’s opinion, a ‘deterioration of morals’. His history of the town is followed by short accounts of Congleton, Knutsford, Stockport, Buxton and Leek. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.
Footloose in the Peak
Born in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Peter Clowes has walked the hills and dales of the Peak District since childhood and draws on a life-long fascination with the history and landscape of the region to present an illustrated account of life there, past and present, and to describe his own ‘tramps’ around features such as Kinder Scout, Great Ridge and Mam Tor.
Jasper, Joists & Jillivers The History of the 1986 Garden Festival Site
Founded by Josiah Wedgwood near Stoke-on-Trent in 1769 to house the workers in his pottery, Etruria was probably the world’s first planned industrial village. The three parts of this illustrated history reflect the three phases of its existence: Jasper, representing Wedgwood’s celebrated Jasper Ware; joists for the Shelton Bar Steelworks later established in the area; and Jillivers, for the National Garden Festival that revived the fortunes of the abandoned post-industrial site in the 1980s.
Portrait of Herefordshire
This celebration of the people, places and traditions of Herefordshire is a contemporary portrayal of the county by photographer Malcolm Scott. The 150 black-and-white images include views of the landscapes and locations but focus more on the people, creating a sense of continuity between past and present by recording local meetings, country shows, traditional farming activities, small-scale producers and traditional craftspeople at work.
Ye Olde Townships
Denby Dale, Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West & District
Presenting former times in the villages of the Upper Dearne Valley, between Huddersfield, Barnsley and Wakefield in South Yorkshire, this collection contains over 400 previously unpublished vintage photographs, dating from the late 19th to the mid 20th century. As well as street scenes and views of principal buildings and landmarks, the images include aerial shots, portraits of local characters and snaps of local events and gatherings.
Images of the Past: British Seaside
Drawing on the archives of the Mary Evans Picture Library, this collection of photographs, cartoons, illustrations and ephemera tells the story of the British seaside, looking at how the purpose, traditions and character of coastal resorts have developed since the first sea bathing cure destinations opened in the late 18th century. Each image is captioned and accompanied by explanatory text.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Sheffield
From the mid-18th century to the 1920s, the darker aspects of Sheffield’s history include quirky crimes such as a brutal attack on a pit pony in 1891 and bigamy in Pitsmoor, as well asmurders, including those committed by the notorious serial killer Charlie Peace.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in and Around Rotherham
Highway robbery in 1856; little Nellie Gibbins, starved to death in 1918; 77-year-old LucySpray killed for a mug of water in 1940 ... Kevin Turton tells the stories of these and 14 more murderous crimes committed and criminals apprehended in and around Rotherham since Victorian times.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Glasgow
In tales of robbery, murder, gangland violence and domestic cruelty, Paul Harrison explores a dark side of Glasgow’s past: 18 cases ranging from the murder of Alexander Love in 1818 and the gruesome execution of his killer, to two policemen shot dead by armed robbers in 1969.
Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Croydon
From 1775, when Jane Butterfield was accused of poisoning William Scawen with mercury sublimate, to 1952 and Croydon’s most debated murder case – the killing of PC Sidney Miles and the subsequent execution of an innocent teenager – Caroline Maxton gives full accounts of 25 murders.