Written by local historian and son of Glossop, Neville Sharp, this detailed account of Glossop from prehistory to more recent times, is amply supported by 120 photographs and illustrations, two thirds of which have not been published previously. The highly readable text is most informative and will provide a trip down memory lane for many of the inhabitants of Glossop and those with a close association with this busy Derbyshire town.
Table of Contents
Introduction.; 1. The Prehistory of Glossop:- Finds; glacial stones; tumuli.; 2. Celtic & Roman period:- Excavations 1960 onwards, Roman Fort and Mansio shown to be far more extensive than previously thought.; 3. Anglian and Danish times:- Pecsaetan; Location on boundary of Mercia; Influence on language and place names.; 4. The Medieval period:- Norman Conquest; Forest of Peak; Mouselow Castle; Abbots of Basingwerke; Talbots; Botham V Earl of Shrewsbury; Local surnames from records as early as 1300's; Location of township boundaries; Use of glacial stones as markers.; 5. The textile industry its impact on Glossopdale:- Origins and reasons for establishment in locality,; 6. Industrial struggles in the 19th century:- Luddites; Swing Turn Out; Chartists; Cotton Famine; Workhouse Riot; Factory Acts. 7. Technical progress in various fields:- Building of dams, weirs, Leats, diversion of streams; Establishment of Gas Works.; 8. The demise of cotton and the arrival of new industries; 9. Travel through the ages:- Ancient tracks; Packhorse and Drove Roads; Turnpikes; Railways and Trams.; 10. Law and order:- Frankpledge; Court Leat; Office of Constable; Recusant troubles; Select Vestry; Formation of Police Force; Chief Constables of the town; Various incidents involving the local Police and Fire Service; Great Train Robbery.; 11. Local military history:- Civil War; Volunteers in Victorian Age; Boer War; Great War; Details from WW II and the part played by local industry, NFS, Home Guard, and a few local people.; 12. Progress in the field of health:- From medieval squalor to arrival of Marcus Milligan as M. O. H. and his health revolution. (Earned national acclaim); 13. Education in Glossopdale:- earliest records; Hague's School; Universal School; Extracts from Log Book at Whitfield School; Glossop Grammar School. 14. Local boundaries over the Centuries; 15. A few final comments.