Large-scale industry arose in the 18th century with shoe manufacturing dominant. In the next century the town became an important railway junction, attracting heavy engineering. The population grew and new suburbs were built outside the medieval walls. The main street became notoriously congested and, before the Corporation took steps, belatedly, to improve public health, Stafford had been described as a 'stinking town'. The author describes, too, tjhe massive changes in the post-war years which have swept away much of the medieval street pattern and many old buildings as the town expanded at an unprecedented rate.
This fascinating account of Stafford's life and development over more than a thousand years is given added visual impact by a profusion of carefully selected pictures and drawings, widening the book's appeal to all with an interest in Stafford's past.
Contents:List of IllustrationsIllustration AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Beginnings2. The 17th Century3. Communications since 17004. Industry since 17005. Public Services6. The Changing Town7. Religion8. SchoolsAppendix: The Stafford FamilyNotesIndex