Vol 4: Darlington

Darlington – volume 4

Since the Victoria County History of Durham was revived in 1999, the Durham VCH has produced the first red volume in the county series since 1928.

Gillian Cookson (ed.), The Victoria County History of Durham, volume 4: Darlington (2005), is an important new history of Darlington.

Tracing the history of Darlington from its beginnings as a small Anglo-Saxon settlement right up to the present, this volume marks the rebirth of the Victoria County History of Durham.
This latest volume in the Victoria Country History of Durham (the first for over eighty years) presents a study of the township of Darlington, part of the parish of the same name. It traces the history of Darlington from the earliest times: a small Anglo-Saxon settlement becoming a flourishing bishop’s borough in the middle ages; its growth as an important staging post on the Great North Road during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; and the town’s prosperity during the nineteenth century, reinforced by its situation on the railway network. The story is taken up to the present time, with accounts of Darlington’s social, political, topographical and economic history. The latter includes thorough accounts of major industries, including iron and engineering, leather, and the little-known but highly significant worsted and linen manufacturing industries.

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An engaging text with some very good illustrations means that the volume will be read and enjoyed by those interested specifically in the town, or in aspects of urban history more generally. URBAN HISTORY
This book has much to offer the historian both of Darlington and its region and of the thematic strands it covers. Given the prevailing cost of academic texts, it is also competitively priced, especially bearing in mind VCH production standards. One therefore hopes that it is finding a place in every local school and library. NORTHERN HISTORY

The Durham VCH has also led the way in the VCH’s new paperback series publishing the first ever VCH paperback, a study of the Darlington landscape.

Gillian Cookson, with contributions by Christine M. Newman and Graham R. Potts, The Townscape of Darlington (2003).

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