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ISBN: 9781841149073
The North West Coast from the Air
The North West Coast from the Air
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The coast of North West England has seen great changes over the centuries. Up to the late Middle Ages it was populated by small agricultural and fishing communities and, apart from the border raids of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, life was generally uneventful. But from the middle of the eighteenth century, rich coal and iron ore deposits were being discovered and exploited.

The peaceful coastal life changed to one of rapid industrial expansion with a growing population to work it. This continued until the 1950s when heavy industry, no longer vital for wartime survival, quickly declined. Ironworks, coal pits and railway sidings which had sprung up during the previous two centuries were demolished and the land cleared. Coastal villages and harbours once alive with commercial shipping, coal wharves and fish quays were now looking for a new life. The leisure industry was quick to respond and take over the role of major employer.

NorthWest Coast from the Air takes its readers on a flight from Blackpool to Carlisle following this changed coastline. Although most of the great industrial heritage of the North West has gone, the beautiful and interesting coastline remains with many outstanding features. These are captured in fascinating detail in Ronny Mitchellís superb aerial photographs, in this successor volume to the authorís hugely successful Lakeland and Cumbria from the Air.

After war service with the RAF, Ronny Mitchell took a degree in geography followed by a Diploma in Surveying. He then spent five years carrying out ground control for aerial mapping in Jordan, Iraq and the Antarctic. After leaving the survey company he joined BEA (later British Airways) as a pilot, retiring as a training captain on their Trident fleet. After retirement he purchased a Cessna 150 and spent many years photographing the north of England especially Cumbria from the air. His main interests now are medieval churches, gardening and walking with his dogs.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 907 3, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published April 2009.

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