Shire Brook - The Forgotten Valley

Everything is here, from traditional local community history topics, like coal mining, farming, the manufacturing industry and family history, to unusual themes like bottle digging, rhubarb scrumping and a history of the sewage works. And the valley – and the book – resounds with the names of places that go back for hundreds, and in at least one case, for thousands of years: Beighton, Birley, Hollins, Coisley, Shirtcliffe, Woodhouse and so on.

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