Turning the Tide - The History of Everyday Deptford, by Jess Steele
Published by Deptford Forum Publishing in 2000, 234 pages. Paperback (N5984PE)
From the rear side cover: The first history of Deptford for over a hundred years, this book dips into the lives and times of the colourful characters who have lived here from the Romans to the Present. It turns the tide of neglect of the history of this ancient and important settlement, tucked between the oldest road and the mightiest river in southern England. Through stories that will make you laugh and cry, you can meet Peter the Great the Russian Czar, John Gast the Dockers' Hero, Samuel Scott the Unfortunate American Leaper & Diver, Margaret McMillan the Children's Champion, Kath Duncan Leader of the Unemployed, the shadowy figure of Marlowe's murderer and our most modern hero Canon David Diamond. From the Battle of Deptford Bridge (1497) to the Battle of Clifton Rise (1977) this book races through the ages bringing Deptford's past to life and offering lessons for the future...
Condition of the book is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs and creases but is clean and tidy, the spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Please note the book curves gently upwards along the left and right hand edges from where it has been stored flat on the shelves.