Endless Street: A History of Salisbury and Its People - John ChandlerSalisbury: The Hobnob Press, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, a decent copy otherwise.
Signed by the author and illustrator, without dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Contains: Black & white photographs; Graphs; Black & white drawings; Maps; Appendices ;
From the cover: “Few English cities have preserved their medieval ambience as successfully as Salisbury. For over 750 years the same streets have witnessed the pedestrian’s footfall, the crunch of wooden wheels, the clatter of horses’ hooves and, lately, the suppressed roar of the motor car. Thresholds of dozens of buildings throughout the city — houses, shops, pubs -have been crossed by untold thousands down the centuries. Over 600 years ago a royal charter allowed markets to be held on Tuesdays and Saturdays and these same days are still adhered to.
It is this living tradition, well-honed and enduring — which draws so many visitors to our city. Every year they come — from Doncaster, South Yorkshire to Grand Rapids, Michigan — peering at the human zoo around them as it goes about its business.
John Chandler has set himself the ambitious task of conveying the city’s social tapestry beginning in the year 1220, when the barest of threads were first woven, to the present. From the opening chapter where he identifies the practical, political and subsequent mythological currents surrounding the momentous move from Old Sarum, he goes on to chart Salisbury’s development, growth (fewer than 10 cities exceeded its economic clout in fifteenth century England) and relative decline. He covers major aspects of recent history — the tardy embrace of the railway age, the rise of religious nonconformity and the burgeoning physical expansion of the city in the last 200 years.
Some fascinating byways are explored. The controversy surrounding the eventual establishment of Bishop Wordsworth’s School which broke out in the 188os is an uncanny echo of a similar educational rumpus in the 19805 and the account of a grisly murder trial in the 1840s is a searing portrait of life at the base of the social pyramid.
The many photographs and illustrations have been carefully chosen and the graphs were devised and painstakingly drawn to add dimension to the text.
Thirty generations have lived, worked and died to realize the Salisbury we know today, a city as distinct as it is unique and which has mercifully resisted the clammy hand of late twentieth century conformity. This splendid book, researched and written with considerable enthusiasm, tells us, in part, why.” Contains: Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Frontispiece;