This lavishly illustrated book covers Barnard Castle, Middleton-in-Teesdale and a selection of Teesdale villages including Piercebridge, Gainford, Staindrop, Greta Bridge, Cotherstone, Romaldkirk and Mickleton. In Barnard Castle the story begins with the castle building and the crucial bridging of the Tees with County Bridge. In Middleton we focus on the agricultural and lead mining industries and in the villages we visit picturesque greens, schools, inns and churches.Many books have been published showing the area in old photographs, but none show these in a 'through time' context as this book does. Old images are juxtaposed here with modern equivalents in full colour to demonstrate just how far, or not, things have changed in this historical and beautiful region of England. It will provide residents and visitors alike with a fascinating and nostalgic read.
Paul Chrystal was educated at the Universities of Hull and Southampton where he took degrees in Classics and wrote his MPhil thesis on attitudes to women in Roman love poetry. He appears regularly on BBC local radio the World Service. He is the author of over fifty books on a wide range of subjects, including histories of northern places, social histories of tea and of chocolate, a history of confectionery in Yorkshire and various aspects of classical literature and Roman history.