Lost Plymouth: Hidden Heritage of the Three Towns (Paperback)

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During World War II, Plymouth earned the distinction as the most bombed city outside London. But it was planners not bombers which destroyed most of the history of the city. Few traces remain of Plymouth's best known sons, Drake and Hawkins. By the 19th century, houses built by Elizabethan merchants had deteriorated into the worst slums in Europe, second only to Warsaw. The population of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse quadrupled between 1800 and 1840, and whole families were forced to live in tiny, windowless rooms. In Castle Street there was a pub every ten meters and every pub was said to be a brothel. Damnation Alley, as Castle Street was dubbed, was the haunt of thousands of soldiers and sailors who passed through en route to serve the British Empire.

About the Author

Felicity Goodall is a former foreign correspondent. She covered Norway for the Sunday Times, Business Week and other international publications. She has written a play for Radio 4, A Change of Heart and is the author of three books, including Lost Devon, which is also published by Birlinn.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781780274140
ISBN-10: 1780274149
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Publication Date: October 1st, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English