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on 1 July 2013
This book has to be one of the most comprehensive and thoroughly researched surveys of the industrial revolution in Britain. It is a big book - over 650 pages - and it is stuffed with maps, diagrams, photographs, drawings and paintings, many of them contemporary with the events and places described in the text.

Every aspect of the industrial revolution is touched on - coal, cotton, iron & steel, woolens, engineering, railways, ceramics, roads, canals. All the regions of Britain are described, although there is a clear concentration on the developments in the English Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire since this is where a lot of the action took place. Wales, Scotland and Ireland all have their place - with the unearthly wilderness of the abandoned Parys Mountain copper mine on Anglesey a particularly memorable location.

The detail is impressive, with all kinds of records mined to give a full flavour of individual towns and wider districts. The census records shine a light on just how many people were engaged in particular jobs and trades, such as the canal barge folk shown engaged in their trade scattered across England, many miles from home. The sheer ferment of activity is vividly brought to light - with the myriad of small concerns shown alongside the larger and more famous companies and mills.

This remarkable and fascinating period in world history is made to live again in the pages of this book - and there are reminders of events, places and people that are almost forgotten in our 21st century.

I'd recommend every home to have a copy - you can use it as an excellent preparation for visiting the growing list of industrial heritage museums and preservations, such as Quarry Bank (Cotton) Mill, the superb set of locations around Ironbridge and Coalbrookdale, Crofton Beam Engines, the Great Western Society at Didcot and so on.
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on 15 May 2013
This is an extensive and well illustrated survey of the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom. It is easy to read and presented in an attractive manner.
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on 10 May 2015
An excellent book, crammed full of details, drawings, photographs and descriptions on most, if not all, aspects of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. A magnificent work by Barrie Trinder. It is perhaps not to be read through from cover to cover in one reading, but more to be dipped into and absorbed at length. Highly recommended.
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on 25 February 2014
A lovely book and great value. Lots of illustrated pages and covers everything about this period. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.
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on 13 March 2014
This is an up to date reference tome to all aspects of Britain's Industrial Revolution from an acknowledged expert author.
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on 8 October 2015
The definitive work on the subject. Mr Trinder must have spent the great part of a lifetime researching the subject to come up with so much detail. Unreservedly recommended!
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on 1 April 2015
A remarkably detailed account of Britain's Industrial Revolution, with a large number of fascinating illustrations. An excellent book.
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on 30 August 2015
A book that can be picked up and read at random, anywhere, with great pleasure.
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on 26 December 2014
Simply superb. Trinder is a wonderful historian
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on 28 November 2013
All students out there doing history A-levels do not buy for coursework! I paid a hefty price only to find it utter useless when doing my coursework on the Industrial revolution. For other reading purposes this might be okay.
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