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Picture the Past Peak District free pdf The Derbyshire Peak District, Britain's first national park, has long been admired for the stunning beauty and variety of its landscapes. Some have found it too harsh an environment for comfort, "a howling wilderness" according to Daniel Defoe, yet later generations of town dwellers came to revel in that sense of remoteness from civilisation.But the Peak District is far more than a natural wonder. In this book we see it as home, community and workplace, sharing moments in the lives that have been lived here over the years rather than focussing on the landscape itself. We peep into home and family life, see the children, some on their best behaviour for the camera and some definitely not! We glimpse the lives of these small village communities and their market towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton and the Matlocks. What we see is both ordinary and extraordinary. Historic customs like well dressing and street football have survived from times gone by alongside the more mainstream clubs and societies, sporting events and leisure moments that make up the social fabric of our communities.There are magnificent stately homes, spa towns with elegant architecture, famously pretty villages, visited for centuries by well-dressed tourists. It is easy to forget that this has always been a place of work, where hill farmers and quarry workers wrest a living from the inhospitable land, mill workers spin and weave textiles in water-powered mills, and a whole range of shopkeepers and tradespeople supply the needs of locals and tourists alike. We see them travelling around the area in a wide variety of transport over the years and always battling with the notorious Peak District weather.Here is a collection of individual moments, frozen in time, giving a unique and very personal insight into the heart of this most characterful area of Britain.

About Neil Bettridge

NEIL BETTRIDGE has worked as an archivist for Derbyshire County Council for almost 25 years. Over the last couple of years he has been working to promote Derbyshire's libraries through the publication of a number of popular articles on aspects of the county's history, illustrated with images from Picture the Past. His writing is a highly-readable mix of learning and quiet humour. A resident of Matlock, his knowledge and enthusiasm for the local history of the area have led him to discover, and share with the reader, many fascinating facts and stories about the photographs he has chosen for this book.

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Author : Neil Bettridge
Publisher : Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd
Data Published : 01 May 2008
ISBN : 1859836429
EAN : 9781859836422
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 192 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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