Derby Then and Now by Maxwell Craven
Maxwell Craven is, of course, well known as a local historian and author, and has given talks to the Darley Abbey Society. This book follows on from several illustrated histories of Derby and Derbyshire featuring old photographs and charting Derby's development over time.
There is no-one else I know who has such an encyclopaedic knowledge of this City as Max and he applies it to great effect in this book. Bringing the "Now" bang up to date with detailed photographs taken in 2011 comparing them with the same view in previous centuries. Great care has been taken to ensure that the modern day photographs have been taken from as near as possible to the location of the original photographer. This is neatly illustrated by the image on the front cover where two images of the Wardwick, a century apart, have been seamlessly melded together in a photo-montage.
I would recommend this book to anyone who, like me, is fascinated by the changing face of Derby through the centuries, anyone who can't resist a dose of good old nostalgia, and indeed for anyone who has a love of our city and an interest in keeping its character intact for future generations.
The book is available now in hardback from the History Press price £12.99.