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The Story of Newcastle

By Craig Armstrong

9780750967648

ISBN: 9780750967648

Published: 02-10-2017


The Story of Newcastle

By Craig Armstrong

ISBN: 9780750967648

Published: 02-10-2017

About This Book

This book tells the amazing story of Newcastle upon Tyne’s history from earliest times to the modern day. Some of the most pivotal moments in the city’s history are recalled, including rebellions, intrigue, trade and religious development. The 16th century brought the dissolution of the monasteries and saw the decline of the wool trade in the town; subsumed by a massive expansion of the coal trade. Besieged and, finally, captured by a 40,000-strong Scottish army during the Civil War the city suffered greatly for its dedication to the monarchist cause. The long 18th century saw Newcastle develop as a city in its own right with an increase in population, wealth and trade, which continued into the 19th century with the Industrial Revolution and the dominance of engineering and heavy industry such as shipbuilding. The 20th century saw Newcastle make massive contributions to the war efforts. However, in times of peace much of this period saw Newcastle’s fortunes slump due to industrial contraction and economic depression. The city surged back during the latter years of the 20th century and now stands once more as a cultural hub in the north of England.

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