Centuries of Change
David Hunt's concise and lively new history of Preston
tells the story from prehistory to the present day.
He takes the reader through 4000 years of constant
evolution that created the modern city and left it
with an extraordinarily rich heritage.
His narrative recalls, and illustrates, early settlement
in the area, Roman rule, the trials and insecurities
of the medieval period, the town's pivotal role in
the civil wars, the rise of manufacturing, and the
enormous economic and social changes that have occurred
during the last 100 years. This wide-ranging and beautifully
illustrated account is an essential introduction to
the history of Preston, and it gives a vivid insight
into the character of the modern city.
The book features over 200 illustrations that show
every aspect of Preston's past, from the scant remains
of hunter-gatherers discovered by archaeology, through
engravings and paintings of the city during its first
period of industrial expansion, to archive photographs
that record the changing shape of the city over the
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