Yorkshire CD books

Old and rare Yorkshire books on CDrom or as pdf file downloads

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"Spen Valley, past and present"
by Frank Peel

CD ROM and download version
produced by Yorkshire CD books ©

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The data on this CD rom/ downloadable pdf is computer searchable.

The Spen Valley, past and present contains a history of the Spen Valley including considerable information about the more prominent families (Liversedges, Rayners, Nevilles, Pygots, Careys and Greens). Starting with a short history of Yorkshire it progresses through the Roman period, the Domesday book, Poll Tax etc. For the later periods there are descriptions of the political movements, commerce, and the numerous churches (both the Established Church and non-conformists).

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A review of the CDrom by Steven Bruce:
I feel particularly privileged in being asked to write this short review of SPEN VALLEY PAST AND PRESENT by Frank Peel; I have a relationship to the author through marriage, his daughter Eleanor married Josiah Bruce a brother of my Gt. Grandfather.

From a topographical point of view, until this volume, there had been little published for the specific area of the Spen valley, Sheard's Batley, Craddock's Birstall and Smith's Morley all delve into the history of those particular areas with only passing references to the valley of the Spen. It wasn't until the publication of this volume by Frank Peel in 1893 that aspects of the area known as the Spen valley were for posterity recorded in print.

This volume suffers a little less from the problem, which unfortunately blights many topographical volumes of the Victorian age; a distinct lack of an adequate index and in extreme cases a complete lack of an index at all. However, like many of his CD publications, Colin Hinson has produced this CD to be fully machine-searchable, therefore the lack of a comprehensive index in the original volume is rendered somewhat academic as literally any word within the volume can be located with ease. The inclusion of this extremely important search facility demonstrates once again why Colin Hinson is at the forefront of this crusade to provide to the general public, topographical and historical works of rarity.

Steven Bruce
Yorkshire Family History

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