Hartlepool Then & Now
Publication date: 31 December 2002
Series: Then and Now
Category: Regional History
The historical sea port of Hartlepool has undergone many changes since being granted a royal charter by King John in AD1201. Hartlepool Then & Now illustrates some of the enormous development which has taken place in the town within living memory, from its heavy industrial past, to the building of the nationally acclaimed Marina and the transformation of the dockland area that has taken place over the last few years. This fascinating collection of over ninety-five pairs of images provides a nostalgic look back at Harltepool’s long history, from its social and industrial origins to the thriving commercial town it has become today. Intriguing comparisons are made between the local townsfolk, businesses, streets, and shops – including Binns Department Store, The Empire Theatre and Kip Heron’s Cafe – all once familiar to generations of Hartlepool inhabitants, with their modern-day equivalents. Each pair of pictures is also accompanied by text containing a wealth of detail and local information.