New book maps out history of city's streets - The Worcester Observer

New book maps out history of city's streets

Worcester Editorial 29th Oct, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

THE HISTORY of the city’s streets are set to be mapped out in a new book created by an award-winning Barbourne author.

Terry Wardle has undertaken his own six-year journey to uncover the secrets of Worcester’s roads from the earliest records up to 1940.

The result is Historic Worcester Streets, an A4 paperback with 350 pages, listings and histories for 608 street names and 484 illustrations.

Terry, of York Place, said: “No one has previously set out to tell the story of the city’s streets in this way. In fact I don’t know of another city in the UK that has a book quite like this.

“There are cities, like London for example, where there are publications about some of the historic central streets, but they have no interest in the suburban roads where most of us live, yet many of them are just as interesting.

“I must admit that I didn’t originally intend to make the book quite as unique as it is, but as the research went on I kept finding more things I felt I should put in it, until it ended up being massive.

“I just hope the people of Worcester will find the book as fascinating as I found the research.”

The book was officially launched last Friday (October 24).

“It not only details how streets were created and developed, but what sort of communities existed in them in the long-forgotten day when hard-working families could be packed in 12 or more to a small terraced house,” Terry added.

“The pages are full of fascinating tales of days gone by.”

Historic Worcester Streets is available from WH Smith and Waterstones bookshops in the city along with online at Amazon and is priced at £18.99.



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