CHARITY support has seen the publishing of WESTLANDS STORIES – a book by Newcastle-under-Lyme AUTHOR PAUL ANDERTON.

The publication of the book has been made possible by the generous support of The Strasser Foundation and the Barracks Trust and all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Dougie Mac charity.

Publishers, Clayhanger Press have also waived all production fees to ensure that all the money from the sales go to the Dougie Mac.

In this exploration of the history of the Westlands area of Newcastle-under-Lyme, local historian Paul, shows how an unfashionable district outside a small market town was transformed into a suburb praised for its high-quality residential character.

The book reveals the links between land used for military purposes and a Barracks in the town. Newcastle Workhouse’s last years are described at the time when the town council’s plans for a housing estate on the lines of the Bournville Village Trust were implemented.

Detailed research and numerous illustrations highlight the way that Newcastle responded to the need to remove the Victorian legacy of unhealthy living conditions in the age when the provision of houses became a public responsibility.

This book attempts to show how history is constructed, and how it explains, to a large extent if not totally, how the scene outside our windows has been created. Paul Anderton’s writing style together with the numerous illustrations, maps and quotes from those who remember the area before it was developed help to bring this fascinating exploration of social development in Newcastle to life.

For more details of the book, which is £10, please visit Clayhanger Press

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