The historic market town of Atherstone has endured many changes since the day William the Conqueror seized it as a gift for his nephew. This selection of more than 190 old photographs explores the history, the traditions and institutions of the town. By the mid-eighteenth century the population began to grow rapidly, mainly as a result of the hatting industry for which Atherstone became famous. There were many disputes between workers and the hat factory owners over pay and conditions, some of which brought the town's workers to the brink of starvation. The community was also devastated by the disaster at Baddesley Colliery in 1882. This fascinating book explores the factories and slums of old Atherstone, the changing landscapes and societies of the last century and the town of today. Day trips and competitive sports have always been enjoyed by this close-knit community, and this book reflects this with archive images of the Atherstone golf club and the Shrove Tuesday Ball Game.
From royal visits to the Atherstone Carnival, this book celebrates the people and institutions of Atherstone and is sure to bring back fond memories for many, whilst offering others a precious glimpse into the town's past.
Christine Freeman compiled 'Memories of Atherstone' in March 2005
Chapter one The Old Town two Trade and Industry three Embracing Landscapes four The Atherstone Golf Club five Nostalgic Moments
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