History is replete with examples of humans moving to uninhabited lands in order to pursue new opportunities. It was the case with the opening of North America to European settlers in the 1600s, the migration of leagues of people into continental Europe during the Migration Period beginning in the first century AD, and the movement of people across Europe thousands of years ago at the beginning of this latest interglacial warm period. All of these events were impacted by natural phenomena.
Last month we considered how belts, girdles and braces have secured and improved the fit of clothes. Over time various types of fastening developed, and before buttons, elastic and modern zips were invented, many dress items utilised bands, garters, laces and ribbon ties.
This book introduces readers to the wealth of information available to those wishing to trace their North Staffordshire roots. Michael Sharpe gives a fascinating insight into the history of this part of the Midlands which was for so long dominated by the pottery industry. The six pottery towns Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton are at the heart of the story. His handbook is an essential guide for anyone researching the life of an individual or family connected with the area, bringing together all the relevant local and national archives for the first time.
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