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Description - Derby Past & Present by Ken Craven

Derby is an ancient chartered settlement with Roman origins, which got caught up in the leading edge of the Industrial Revolution and became the important manufacturing city and regional capital it is today. Fortunately, despite its expansion, it has managed to preserve much of its medieval core. The city was also fortunate in having had a pioneer Victorian photographer, Richard Keene, to record the changes which, between 1853 and 1894, transformed the eighteenth-century market town into a late Victorian industrial one. The book contrasts the two, while highlighting the more drastic developments that took place during the twentieth century, especially the latter part, when much destruction and unsympathetic rebuilding went on; this still continues today. Maxwell Craven has combined a fascinating selection of historic images with modern views in order to document the transformation that has occurred. The result is an invaluable record of Derby's development over the years and is sure to appeal to residents and visitors alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750940108
ISBN-10: 0750940107
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ken Craven

Maxwell Craven was born in London in 1945 and was Keeper of Antiquities at Derby Museum for twenty-five years. Since 1979 he has written almost twenty books mainly on Derby and Derbyshire subjects - including Sutton's A Century of Derby (WHS exclusive, 2000). Maxwell writes a regular column for the Derby Evening Telegraph.