Gloucester has been a centre for trade and industry since Roman times. From megalithic industrial concerns employing hundreds of people, to small family businesses, Gloucester has a wealth of industrial heritage. It is a microcosm of Britain's economic history.
Gloucester at Work explores the life of this city and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day. In a fascinating series of photographs and illustrations, this book takes us from the days when Gloucester had a Roman tile factory and the development of highly skilled trades during the medieval period through to the Victorian economic behemoth it became. It looks at its proud aerospace industry, particularly during the war years, through to its dwindling fortunes during the 1970s and 1980s. More recently, Gloucester has seen an economic upsurge with the creation of digital technologies and cyber security. Gloucester at Work maps some of the contributions made by entrepreneurs, engineers, innovators and skilled tradespeople as well as the ordinary men and women who have contributed to Gloucester's - and the nation's - wealth by working in this great city.
Christine Jordan writes books set in Gloucester. She is the author of City of Secrets, her debut historical novel set in medieval Gloucester and has previously penned, under the pseudonym of C J Gloucester, a children's book called Indigo and the Strange Animal Menagerie. This is her third book for Amberley. The others are Secret Gloucester (2015) and Gloucester in 50 Buildings (2016).