This book tells the fascinating story of the town of Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. By juxtaposing ninety archive images alongside full-colour modern photographs, each page provides a snapshot of how Tadcaster used to be and how it is today. Featuring factories, streets, houses, shops, schools and churches, and the people who lived, learned, worshipped and worked in them, all aspects of life in Tadcaster and the surrounding villages is covered.
The influence of the three breweries that are synonymous with Tadcaster and the famous Tadcaster magnesian limestone after which the Romans named their town Calcaria are covered here. Also featured is Towton, the site of England's biggest and bloodiest battle in the War of the Roses and Boston Spa, home of the northern British Library and Bramham Park, host to the Bramham Horse Trials and Leeds Festival each year.
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. Mark Sunderland has been a keen photographer since the age of 11 and his speciality is landscapes. He was highly commended in the 2000 Wildlife Photographer of The Year Competition for Composition and Form. Mark has been a freelance photographer since 2004. He lives in Knaresborough.