Vale of York Through Time takes the reader on a fascinating journey through this most beautiful part of Britain. It takes in the market towns of Thirsk, Ripon, Boroughbridge, Easingwold and Wetherby, along with a host of delightful villages along the way. Contrasting the old with the new, the book shows images from the early twentieth century alongside their contemporary equivalents, all described in informative captions.The exhilaration of Sutton Bank near Thirsk, the ecclesiastical splendour of Ripon, the Battle of Boroughbridge, the Georgian elegance of Easingwold, fascinating villages west of York, and Wetherby's importance as a staging post on the Great North Road - then as now - all these are covered in this unique and fascinating book which will delight visitors and residents past and present.
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.