The Townscape of Darlington

Townscape of Darlington
Edited by: 
G. Cookson, with contributions from C. Newman and G. Potts
First Published: 
1 January, 2003

It is exactly a thousand years since Darlington first appeared in written records. During the following millennium, the small Anglo-Saxon settlement grew into today's thriving town, its history now generally linked in the public mind with entrepreneurial Quakers and the birth of railways. But as this book shows, Darlington's history encompasses many more diverse aspects in the change from medieval village to modern town. Through a survey of its physical development, the book describes how the town flourished in the middle ages; was largely destroyed by fire in 1585; and grew again in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, before the coming of the railway in the mid-1800s reinforced its prosperity. Its story is taken up to the present day, showing how Darlington is characterised by residential suburbs, with a town centre where Victorian and eighteenth-century buildings populate the original medieval streets.
Dr GILL COOKSON is the County Editor for the Victoria County History of Durham.

Meticulous and detailed.... The book is easy to use, clearly presented and evidently written with the general and local reader in mind. CONTINUITY AND CHANGE
With a highly scholarly text, immaculate referencing, and many illustrations, the book will prove an indispensable source for any historian researching the physical development of this town. THE LOCAL HISTORIAN
Very readable and well illustrated and has set high standards for this important new series. ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL
A scholarly piece of historical writing, combining solid research with an accessible style. URBAN HISTORY