Churchbridge - Bridgtown's Older Brother, by John Devey

Churchbridge - Bridgtown's Older Brother, by John Devey
Churchbridge - Bridgtown's Older Brother, by John Devey

Published by the Bridgtown and District Local History Society in 2014, 68 pages. Booklet - c.16cm by 24cm (N5508)

This booklet is a fascinating history of Churchbridge in Staffordshire, and will delight anyone who has lived or grown up in the area, as well as people with a more general interest in the history of this part of Cannock Chase in times gone by....

From the rear side cover: Churchbridge was a farming community that occupied a small area of land to the north of Great Wyrley. This rural agricultural site was destined to live through times of dramatic change, starting with the arrival of Mr Gilpin's Edge Tool Factory in the early 1800s. This brought with it people and a need for housing, the area gradually industrialised with railways and canals appearing on the scene. The provision of more jobs that utilised the power generated by local coal produced tools and equipment for all types of industry. These changes ultimately led to the building of a "new town" in the locality and that development was to become Bridgtown.

The changes to Churchbridge kept coming and the community was forever absorbing those changes. This book is all about that community and its resilience to most of what was thrown at it. It tells the story of the people that lived there, their togetherness and the warmth that they shared with each other. A small community that accepted the external demands of growth within their own boundaries. Accepting change as part of everyday life but always a community that lived and breathed life into itself, despite the many set-backs.

Chapters include History and timeframe, Oldest remaining properties, The White Lion Triangle, Watling Street Road its people and properties, Churchbridge Garage, Opencast and Merrie England, Leacroft Lane its people and properties, Walsall Road its people and properties, William Gilpin and his empire, Railways and canals, A foot in Bridgtown, and The M6 Toll Road

Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover
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