The Staffordshire market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme developed
around the twelfth-century castle and was granted a charter by
Henry II in 1173. The town's growth between the twelfth and
eighteenth centuries was driven by industries including the
hat-making trade and silk and cotton mills. Later industries
included brick manufacturing, engineering, iron casting and coal
mining. In this book, local author Mervyn Edwards highlights fifty
of the town's buildings and structures that reveal its history,
character and changing face across the centuries. No book on
Newcastle-under-Lyme's architecture would be complete without a
critical analysis of the borough's approach to building
preservation and the gradual erosion of the town's visual appeal.
The town still offers some architectural glories, such as the art
deco Lancaster Buildings, the elegant Unitarian Meeting House and
the majestic tower of St Paul's Church. Newcastle-under-Lyme in 50
Buildings highlights the treasured buildings of this Staffordshire
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