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A history of Luton

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Luton has long been a major market and brewing town. In the 19th century it became famous for hat making, and more recently it has grown into a thriving industrial centre. During the Second World War it played an important part in the manufacture of army vehicles. Nowadays, Luton Airport is the gateway for all types of traveller. Luton owes its existence to the Lea river, which is now a small stream but once powered seven mills. Archaeological discoveries have revealed that people have settled in the area for thousands of years, and Julius Caesar passed through in AD 54, as, one thousand years later, did William the Conqueror. The parish church, still standing near Park Square, was built in medieval times. The town has since acquired a reputation as a solid, working-class place, the sort of community where 'almost everyone earns his living'. Local industry offered employment opportunities in the early 20th century and many had cause to be grateful for its relative prosperity during the Great Depression. Following the Second World War immigrants from the Indian sub-continent and from the West Indies brought with them colourful new cultures that are celebrated in the annual Carnival. This fascinating and illustrated account of Luton's past will inform and delight anyone who lives in the town and inspire those who grew up here.

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Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1860776213
ISBN-13:
9781860776212
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Phillimore

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Luton has long been a major market and brewing town. In the 19th century it became famous for hat making, and more recently it has grown into a thriving industrial centre. During the Second World War it played an important part in the manufacture of army vehicles. Nowadays, Luton Airport is the gateway for all types of traveller. Luton owes its existence to the Lea river, which is now a small stream but once powered seven mills. Archaeological discoveries have revealed that people have settled in the area for thousands of years, and Julius Caesar passed through in AD 54, as, one thousand years later, did William the Conqueror. The parish church, still standing near Park Square, was built in medieval times. The town has since acquired a reputation as a solid, working-class place, the sort of community where 'almost everyone earns his living'. Local industry offered employment opportunities in the early 20th century and many had cause to be grateful for its relative prosperity during the Great Depression. Following the Second World War immigrants from the Indian sub-continent and from the West Indies brought with them colourful new cultures that are celebrated in the annual Carnival. This fascinating and illustrated account of Luton's past will inform and delight anyone who lives in the town and inspire those who grew up here.

Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1860776213
ISBN-13:
9781860776212
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Phillimore

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