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‘A Noble Scene of Industry’

A special digital edition of a work first published in 1981, available here as a searchable pdf document.

‘West Yorkshire: A Noble Scene of Industry - The Development of the County 1500 to 1830’ by Robin Thornes, was first published by the West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council in 1981, with a second edition (with minor corrections) published by West Yorkshire Archaeology Service in 1987, the edition which appears below.   It covers the area of the former Metropolitan authority which existed between 1974 and 1986.

A message from West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service

“I welcome this digital version of A Noble Scene of Industry by the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society. I hope that it will serve as an introduction to West Yorkshire’s industrial past, for a new generation, with changes having taken place that few could have imagined in 1981; perhaps the biggest of all being the end of coal mining and its use in large scale industries and power generation. Interestingly, water power is returning, with two major schemes now in place. However, transport was a foundation of the industrial revolution and continues to dominate the county, and Chapter 4 of A Noble Scene of Industry remains the best general survey on this subject.”

Ian Sanderson
West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service
Nepshaw Lane South
Leeds LS27 7JQ
February 2020



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