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Book shines a light on history of Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A NEW version of a classic book that delves into the history of Burton is set to hit the shelves.

Staffordshire: The Classic Guide by Arthur Mee is part of a series of books released taking a closer look at areas across the country in forensic details.

The book was originally published in 1937 and, due to its popularity and success, has been chosen for a 'retro reprint' in 2014 with a newly- designed front cover.

As well as featuring old fashioned maps of the town, the book also looks at the historic brewing links in Burton.

Stories of the Ferry Bridge sit alongside countless tales of various schools and churches to fill an entire chapter of the book.

The book also takes a closer look at how the town was once famed for being the hub of the clothing world before being usurped by the rise of the brewers.

A spokesman for Amberley Publishing said: "This classic guide examines in detail the rolling landscape and the varied history of Staffordshire, from brewers to Alton Towers.

"Also included are the original photographs, providing an insight into this industrial yet beautiful county.

"The King's England series was Arthur Mee's richly informative and amazingly comprehensive survey of England, and has set the pattern for books on British heritage ever since.

"He describes the most interesting houses, churches, views and towns in the country, together with the folklore and history behind them each one.

"Arthur Mee was a British writer, journalist and popular educator.

"He is best known for The Children's Encyclopædia, The Children's Newspaper and The King's England.

"This series was also successful abroad, selling in large numbers in the United States and being translated into Chinese."

The book is now available from all good bookshops and is priced at £9.99.

More details on the new book can be found by heading online to www.amberley-books.com

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