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Paul Menzies

Paul Menzies Discusses His New Book on Middlesbrough’s History

Paul Menzies is no stranger to documenting the past. He is the author of numerous books on the local history of Teesside, with tens of thousands of copies sold to date. Now, his latest book on Middlesbrough is set to turn the usual format on its head as he brings the past to life in full colour. Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past, released this month, offers ‘never seen before’ images, many in colour for the very first time, which together [...]

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Middlesbrough’s Stations Through Time

There’s great work going on in central Middlesbrough at the moment, with plans to vastly improve the station. The building, which dates from the 1870s, has in recent years been degrading and suffering from lack of love or attention. But now, there are plans to improve the entrances and facades, ticketing areas, platforms, and bring into use disused parts of the building. But, as we see in books like Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past, by Paul Menzies, the history of the railways [...]

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The 4 Most Important British Objects from the Victorian Era

In his new book, A History of Britain in 100 Objects, historian Paul Chrystal has uncovered the objects which define the nation’s story. From ancient history right up to the modern day, the case can be made in each of these objects for the way it both shaped and influenced the history of Britain. The Victorian era is one of the most loved of Britain’s past, and marks a time of enormous growth in stature of the country. It saw revolutions [...]

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Britain’s Most Important Post-War Objects

In his new book, A History of Britain in 100 Objects, historian Paul Chrystal makes the case for the defining objects which tell the story of Britain and its history. Britain as a nation has gone through many identities and events, and has seen plenty of conflict over the years. The most recent major events were the two World Wars of the early 20th Century. In this article, we’ll look at the most important objects which have appeared in the post-war period [...]

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The Beginnings of Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough is one of the largest towns in the North East of England. It is a thriving commercial hub, with modern industries and the well-regarded Teesside University. It has also been known in the past as an important industrial town, which experienced tremendous growth through the iron, steel and shipbuilding industries in particular. Yet Middlesbrough is a relatively young town. It only came into existence as a town in the early 1800s, whereas many of the other great towns and cities of the [...]

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Paul Menzies and Destinworld Publishing to Add Colour to Middlesbrough’s History

Destinworld Publishing announces Middlesbrough – A Colourful Past, a new book title for Spring 2022 which brings colour to the fascinating history of Middlesbrough for the first time. This ‘never seen before’ work offers a unique selection of images, many in colour for the very first time, which together with detailed insights into the town’s history, provide a landmark contribution to the rich heritage of the region. Paul Menzies, a well-known local author and broadcaster, says: “Having written many books, I [...]

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Yorkshire’s Most Famous Authors

The wild landscapes and northern industrial cities of Yorkshire in northern England evoke many images in our minds, and many famous authors and writers have hailed from this region or been inspired by it in their works. Here we list some of Yorkshire’s most famous authors and a bit about how the region marked their work so noticeably. J. C. Atkinson (1851-1900) Two miles outside Danby in Danby Dale is St Hilda’s church. John Christopher Atkinson is buried there – ornithologist, natural [...]

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County Durham’s Mining Towns in Rare Pictures

A new book by North East author Araf Chohan uncovers hundreds of rare views of County Durham, including its landscapes, peoples, villages, towns and cities. Notable among the images are many pictures of the former mining towns and pit villages which are so famous in Durham, and gave it much of its identity of the past century. These pictures give an example of some of the images that are in the book. The former colliery at Ferryhill. Langley Park Church Street in Murton The long-demolished [...]

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Ghostly York

In her new book, York Historic Walking Guides, author Claire Shaw uncovers the city’s history as seen by foot through the city. For those keen to discover what goes bump in the night, one of the walks in her book is Ghostly & Ghastly York, which take you past some of York’s most haunted and sinister locations. So which are York’s most ghastly sighty? Exhibition Square Where today you might visit York Art Gallery or the Theatre Royal, gruesome executions of Catholics and [...]

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York – A Flooded City

York is famous for its floods. Whenever it happens, TV news channels cover the dramatic and destructive effects of the rivers Ouse and Foss as they spill into the streets and buildings. According to York – A Rare Insight, unwise and reckless development by Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and everyone that followed them right up to the 21st Century has meant that the streets and buildings of York have regularly been subject to flooding. The Evelyn Collection, which is featured in this [...]

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