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Category: Local History
Westbury and Westbury Leigh: A Celebration of the Town and Its People by Kenneth Wood
Westbury: The Westbury Book Group, 2000
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: Who was Westburys town crier in 1851 and where did he live? Why is the railway station so far from the town centre? Which house in Westbury Leigh had an unusual lift? Why have so many iron railings survived in and around the town? These and many other questions are answered in this which is the first substantial book published about Westbury. Written by a team of six residents with contributions from many others, old and young, including two girls from Belarus, it aims to give an impression of what it is like to live in Westbury now and to outline just what made the town what it is today.
Topics include natural history, churches, schools, work, leisure and local services. It is illustrated with monochrome and colour photographs and line drawings, few of which have appeared in print before. Much of the historical information is based on original research into the buildings, streets and people as well as the woollen, iron ore, malting and gloving industries which have all shaped the towns development. This is achieved by informative streetscapes and a who was who section largely of those commemorated in building and street names today. A guide to sources is provided for those readers who might wish to carry out their own research.
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