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This fascinating collection of over 200 archive images, most previously unpublished, explores the historic borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Originally developing outside the twelfth-century castle, Newcastle became the largest and most influential market town in the area for centuries. The development of industries such as clay pipe manufacturing, coal mining, iron and steel production and, most notably, the making of felt hats, added considerably to the town's wealth and importance. This book follows the development of the borough from the 1860s to the 1970s. Detailed captions accompany each picture, helping to bring the images to life and providing accounts of events that have occurred in the borough throughout its long history. The buildings and industries of the area are described, as well as transport, education, and leisure and of course the people, always at the heart of this 'Loyal and Ancient Borough'. Local historians Neil Collingwood and Gregor Shufflebotham take a detailed look at the changing landscape of the borough in a collection, which will delight and fascinate all those who have lived or worked in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme.
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