Around Crawley in Old Photographs – Paperback


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By Michael Goldsmith

Few people realise that the Crawley singled out as a New Town in 1946 is a settlement with a long and colourful history, which embraces smuggling, prize-fighting, the spectacle of the stage coach era, and a fair share of early ‘industry’. The photographs in this absorbing selection, however, emphasize another Crawley: the small, attractive country town in its delectable surroundings of wind and watermills, farms, nurseries and thatch; a town of saddlers, corn and seed merchants, brick and tile makers, and country laundries. The town held a place of honour halfway along the London to Brighton road and community pride was strong. The characteristic band contests. Temperance marches and other celebrations were the staple ingredients of everyday life.
Michael Goldsmith has drawn on his own extensive collection of photographs, many previously unpublished, to bring this period to life. The result is a book which will delight and surprise residents of the town both old and new. It also depicts the charms of the surrounding communities, including Three Bridges, Pease Pottage, Worth, Ifield, Charlwood, Lowfield Heath and Gatwick. This volume is a journey of photographic nostalgia in the company of one of Crawley’s leading historians.

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160 pages. 258 photographs, drawings and maps