The medieval borough of Barnard Castle was founded in the eleventh century. A hundred years later Bernard Baliol built a castle and a busy town began to thrive alongside it, with one of the largest corn markets in the North of England drawing custom from far and wide. This unique book charts the character and ownership of many of the commercial establishments in Barnard Castle from the 1800s to the present day and reveals the history behind the modern shopfronts. Barnard Castle Shops, Pubs & Trades Through Time is the first book to provide a door-to-door survey of the commercial development of this vibrant and varied town. In so doing it provides a unique, commercial and social history of one of Britain's most significant market towns. Today, as the high street faces another challenge - this time from Internet shopping - it will be interesting to see how the current businesses adapt to face that test.
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. Carol has had a lifelong interest in local history and archaeology and since being a teenager has participated in excavations and digs. She has been part of a long-term major dig at a medieval site in North Yorkshire. She has had articles published in Practical Family History 2007/2008, several Family History Society Journals and was interviewed on Radio 4 as part on "Making History"(2009). She created the "historic town trail" guided walk for Barnard Castle, produced by the TIC.