Leicester in the 1970s: Ten Years That Changed a City (Ten Years That Changed a City)
By: Stephen Butt (author)Paperback
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For much of Leicester's industry, the 1970s began with optimism and ended in depression. At the beginning of the decade, tens of thousands of Leicester folk were employed in the prosperous textile industry or in the associated industries of dying, finishing, hosiery or machine tool manufacture, but over the next ten years, foreign imports were to take their toll. In 1970, Leicester's skyline was still dominated by Victorian factory chimneys, even in the city centre along Newarke Street and the surrounding area, but few survived into the 1980s. Even some of the stalwart department stores such as Marshall and Snelgrove, and Simpkin and James were forced to close. In this follow-up to Leicester in the 1950s and Leicester in the 1960s, author Stephen Butt explores this significant period of change in Leicester's history.
Stephen Butt is a well known local historian, who presents a weekly local history programme on BBC Radio Leicester. He works in the broadcasting industry as a Senior Broadcast Journalist and holds degrees in Psychology and English Local History. Stephen is also an honorary press officer for the Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, and the editor of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society newsletter. He has written many local interest titles for Amberley. He lives in Leicester.
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