Big changes to Barnsley streets

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What a difference a few short decades make – a new book of photographs shows how Barnsleyhas changed over the years.

Barnsley & District Through Time has been written by regular Star Retro feature writer Peter Tuffrey.

He recounts that the town called Berneslai in the Domesday Book in the 11th century has an illustrious history and has long been associated with the glass-making and coal-mining industries.

There are no lionger remanants of the previously ever-present Barnsley British Co-operative Society instrumental in aiding the area’s growth as a mining community.

Much of the town centre was reconstructed in the towen centre, as the pictures reproduced on these pages show vividly, and development continues until the present day.

Some of the town’s attractive older buildings still survive, though, demonstratiing that not all has changed over the years.

Peter’s book also takes a tour of the surrounding communities of Bolton on Dearne, Cudworth, Darfield, Goldthorpe, Elsecar, Penistone and Wombwell, which he notes are suburban towns and villages that all reflect the importance of industry to the area.

The book is the latest in the popular Through Times series, published by Gloucestershire-based companyAmberley.

It cost £14.99 and is also available in Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats.

Available in all good bookshops, as they say!

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