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Lancaster, the county town of Lancashire, stands at the lowest bridging point of the river Lune. A chartered borough since 1193 and a city since 1937 it has had a long and turbulent history. Since the Roman army first saw the strategic possibilities of a low hill by the river, it has housed garrisons and acted as a fortress. Its position on the main west-coast road to and from Scotland has witnessed the passage of many hostile armies. As a consequence its medieval documentary record has suffered and few ancient buildings survive. Its position has also ensured a rich transport history, which includes the intriguing route over the sands of Morecambe Bay which changes daily. As county town and seat of the Assizes, Lancaster has seen all the principal criminal cases for Lancashire tried in its magnificent Castle over the last eight centuries. Next to the Castle, in a typical juxtaposition of Church and State, stands the Priory church with its own history reaching back over some thirteen centuries. The author of this new and important work has based his account on original sources, which he has been researching for nearly 20 years, including the archives of the Castle and Priory, as well as the rich borough records and local newspapers. His entertaining text takes a thematic rather than chronological approach, examining such themes as House and Home, Working for a Living, or Where do you come from?, the last of which is a study of all the people who have come from elsewhere to live in Lancaster over the centuries. His splendid illustrations have been carefully selected to reveal much that is "new" and not previously published. In readable words and powerful pictures he tells the entire story of Lancaster's past in a book that will be warmly welcomed.
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Andrew White has been head of Lancaster City Museums for the past 18 years, following a dozen years in museum services in Middlesbrough and Lincoln. He has an MA in Classics from Lancaster University and a PhD in Archaeology from Nottingham University. He is a fellow of the Museums Association and of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
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Book Description Phillimore & Co Ltd, UK, 2003. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardback. Seller Inventory # 018984