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Bolsover: Castle, Town and Colliery [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Philip Riden , Dudley Fowkes
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1 Oct 2008
George III described Sheffield as a ‘damned bad place’ at a time when the town was notorious for radical agitation. This book traces this radical tradition right up to the 1980s, when David Blunkett’s Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire fought Mrs Thatcher. The book tells of dramatic events - the burning of the vicar’s Broomhall residence, Samuel Holberry’s attempted Chartist uprising, the ‘Sheffield outrages’ of the 1860s, John Ruskin’s Communist experiment in Totley, the Sheffield mass trespass, the raising of the red flag over the town hall in 1981.

The book is valuable historically in describing the important part played in Britain’s radical history by this great Northern city, with its dissenting middle classes, its independent-minded artisans, its championship of the weak against the strong and its unwillingness to be pushed around.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860774849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860774843
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,612,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious & negative 17 July 2009
Some interesting but very long winded stuff about the History & the Castle but for me it was negative view of Bolsover, it repeats how Chesterfield was so much more sucessful which I feel misses the point.

With a little investment TLC & good marketing "Bowsa" could be recognised as the beautiful little place it is.

What about the origin of the name ?
What about the main route to London & the rich history of buckle making which is only touched on ? Time Team should pay a visit !!
What about the Sutton Estate?
What about the monestry at Carr Vale ?
What about the railway & the Viaduct at Carr Vale?
What about the Bolsover Colliery Band who won many awards & played at the Albert Hall?
The book covers mining but there is nothing about the people who migrated to the area to mine & nothing positive written about the rich culture & community. As for illustrations ,I have better pictures than the book includes.

I also think Dennis Skinner should have had a chapter, he knows about the heart of the place & people.

Dissappointing book. Bolsover is a lovely little place with lovely friendly funny people & huge potential, the book misses the point completely.
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