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A History of Luton

By Anne Allsopp

9780750985987

ISBN: 9780750985987

Published: 01-01-2018


A History of Luton

By Anne Allsopp

ISBN: 9780750985987

Published: 01-01-2018

About This Book

IN THE PAST, Luton was a market town and, for many years, was also a centre for the brewing industry. In the 19th century it became famous for hat making, and more recently it has grown into a thriving industrial centre. During the Second World War it played an important part in the manufacture of army vehicles, and children bound for school had to dodge the Churchill tanks on their way to various theatres of conflict. Nowadays, Luton Airport is the gateway for all types of traveller and the town is well known for its famous football team. Luton owes its existence to the river Lea, which is now a small stream but once powered seven mills. Archaeological discoveries have revealed that people have settled in the area for thousands of year. Julius Caesar may have passed through in AD 54, and William the Conqueror came this way one thousand years later. The parish church, still standing near Park Square, was built in medieval times. The town has since acquired a reputation as a solid, working-class place, the sort of community where ‘almost everyone earns his living’. This independent spirit has also had its downside, particularly on the occasion when disillusioned citizens burned down the town hall, and this well-informed narrative manages to capture Luton’s distinctive character. Luton has always provided visitors with a warm welcome and many have stayed and made the town their home. Local industry offered employment opportunities in the early 20th century and many had cause to be grateful for its relative prosperity during the Great Depression. Following the Second World War, immigrants from the Indian subcontinent and from the West Indies brought with them colourful new cultures that are celebrated in the annual Carnival. This fascinating and illustrated account of Luton’s past will inform and delight anyone who lives in the town and inspire those who grew up here.

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