Salt has been a valuable commodity for thousands of years, and it is because of this that Droitwich - under which lies vast quantities of salt - has prospered, particularly since Roman times. Droitwich saw great changes in the nineteenth century, largely brought about by `Salt King' John Corbett. During this period the town evolved from an industrial town to a spa town with two brine bath complexes and numerous hotels and guest houses. By the 1920s the salt industry had left Droitwich, leaving the town firmly established as a spa town; but this industry is now being resurrected, thanks to the new Churchfields Saltworks at Salwarpe, and Wychbold Fudge's salted fudge.
Droitwich Spa: The Postcard Collection charts the town's proud and distinctive history through a fascinating selection of old postcards, photographs and prints, showing what life was like for the past residents of Droitwich and its rural district. Written by local historian Paul Jones LRPS, this book will inform and delight long-time residents and those new to the area.
Paul Jones received his first camera as a gift at the age of eight, and has since taken thousands of photographs of Droitwich Spa and its surrounding villages and churches. He received his LRPS certificate in 2006. A keen local historian, Paul's articles have been printed by the Droitwich Historical and Archaeological Society. His previous books include St Peter's Church Droitwich and The Oddingley Murders - a Photographic Tour. Dr Roger Peberdy, originally from Leicester, and his wife Helen, from Shropshire, have lived in Droitwich since 1966. Roger spent over thirty years as a local GP, prescribing the full range of brine spa treatments, and can thus now claim to be the last 'brine doctor' living in Droitwich.