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Stafford Past: Illustrated History

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 144 pages
Author: R. Lewis
Year: 1997
Other Data: b&w photos, sketches, maps, appendix, index
ISBN: 0860770495

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Product Code: PHL530
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Stafford has a long history, vividly recounted in this very readable new book. Already an important place when king Alfred's daughter fortified the town as part of the national defences against the marauding Danes, she made it both a royal borough and a market town. The author then tells us of William the Conqueror's ruthless destruction of a large part of the town to build a castle after the defeat of Edric the Wild's revolt; and how, in the following centuries, the town flourished, with a magnificent new parish church and a royal charter. By Tudor times the population had suffered a sharp decline, but then a small number of wealthy merchant families began to revive its trade, their position consolidated by a new royal charter in 1614. The Civil War saw the town with first a Royalist and later a Parliamentary Governor.

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.

List of Illustrations
Illustration Acknowledgements
1. Beginnings
2. The 17th Century
3. Communications since 1700
4. Industry since 1700
5. Public Services
6. The Changing Town
7. Religion
8. Schools
Appendix: The Stafford Family

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