Tunstall, it would seem, has always been a town of modernity and progress, from its developing industry of the late eighteenth century to the thriving market and impressive amenities that emerged in the nineteenth century. Indeed, in a little over a century, Tunstall went from being 'the pleasantest village in the pottery', to 'a town almost wholly of modern erection'. Here, Mervyn Edwards explores Tunstall's 'robust youth' and 'plucky' spirit as it continued to strive for forward-thinking and modernity through the twentieth century. This stunning collection of old photographs, many of which have never previously been published, and modern colour photography evokes happy memories of the past and brings Tunstall's fascinating history to life once more.
Mervyn Edwards is the author of many published books on North Staffordshire history and is a weekly columnist for the Sentinel's The Way We Were nostalgia magazine. He has appeared on BBC TV's The One Show and Twenty Four Hours in the Past, and is a familiar voice on Radio Stoke. He was a local history tutor for the Workers' Educational Association for eight years and helped to develop the education department at the now-defunct Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, where he often acted in period drama for school groups. Mervyn runs an annual history programme in North Staffordshire. He is also MC of Burslem History Club and a member of the Potteries branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).