Mansfield - A Pictorial History, by David J. Bradbury

Mansfield - A Pictorial History, by David J. Bradbury

Mansfield - A Pictorial History, by David J. Bradbury

Published by Phillimore in 2005. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3422)

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This book is a fascinating pictorial history of the town of Mansfield

Under William the Conqueror Mansfield was listed in Domesday Book as a royal estate, and was the administrative centre for much of northern Nottinghamshire. In the Middle Ages, it was the capital of Sherwood Forest, and its position at a major crossroads made it an important trading centre. The main purpose of this book, however, is to tell the story of Mansfield's dramatic later transformation into an industrial centre. In the 1780s the town helped set the pace of the Industrial Revolution, and it developed at an astonishing rate over the next 150 years.

One man who recognised the effects of this constant change on the town's heritage was art teacher A.S. Buxton. From the 1890s to the 1920s he recorded vanishing Mansfield scenes in paintings and with the camera. Though many of the paintings are well known, being on permanent display at Mansfield Museum, many of the photographs are rarely seen. Many of the stunning photographs in this book are taken from Buxton's glass-plate negatives, some nearly a century old. They reveal the dilapidated condition of many buildings that he recreated in his charming watercolours, and some show scenes he never painted, which have disappeared with continued development.

Scores of other photographs, paintings and drawings show the changing face of the bustling town. This long awaited book can be dipped into, or read as a thematic narrative, telling the history of Mansfield from the 11th century to the beginning of the modern era in 1945.

Packed full with over 170 black and white photographs, this book will undoubtedly delight anyone with an interest in the history of the Nottinghamshire town, it's people and the local area.......

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