Amberley Publishing - Transport, Military, Local and General History

Around Stafford from Old Photographs

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Author: Joan Anslow, Thea Randall

The photographs in this fascinating selection document the changes which overtook the county town of Staffordshire in the century following the discovery of photography. They evoke a time before the advent of the motor car, when the pace of life was so much slower and cattle were still traded in Gaolgate Street, and cover a broad social spectrum, from the lord in his country seat to the labourer in his humble cottage. As well as very early images of Stafford, the selection includes views of the villages in a district bounded by Gnosall, Dunston, Milford, Salt and Great Bridgeford. The importance of the church in everyday life, not least as the focus for social activity, becomes obvious, the regular outing being a major event in most communities. Pleasures on the whole are simpler and include train rides to Milford, a visit to the fair, picnics or fishing. The daily round, in factories or on the land, is remembered, and a series of delightful shop fronts suggests that not all change has been for the better. The photographs, taken from public and private collections, have been chosen for their rarity, many never having been printed before. For those who remember they will be a source of much nostalgic pleasure; they will help everyone recapture a forgotten past.

Book ISBN 9781848685017

Book Format Paperback

pages 128 pages

Publication Date 18 Mar 2010

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 120

Regular Price: £12.99

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