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Preston: Centuries of Change


David Hunt

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 last century.


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