Retired headteacher David Thornton, who for many years made regular contributions to the Yorkshire Evening Post with his ‘Adventures of Alfie Apple’, amongst other things, has spoken about the inspiration behind his latest work, The Story of Leeds.
Speaking to Times Past, Mr Thornton, 78, said: “It is a narrative history of Leeds but it is one set in context with the history of the nation, so there is the civil war and bubonic plague in there.
“The other thing I thought was important to do was to try to make it as readable and accessible as possible, in other words not an academic book full of complicated language.”
The book, published by The History Press contains some never-before-seen information, including extracts from Queen Victoria’s diary about her 1858 visit to the city and excerpts from the Thoresby Society archive.
Covering thousands of years of history, from the prehistoric age right through to the modern day, the book unravels the city’s unique and unforgettable history chapter by chapter. The book is out now priced £15.66.