The story of Hartlepool is, of course, the story of three towns: the ancient Hartlepool clustered around the Headland, the thriving new Victorian town of West Hartlepool and the amalgamated Hartlepool comprising old and West Hartlepool. Hartlepool History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of these three rth-eastern towns in one, their well-kwn streets and famous faces, and explains what they meant to local people throughout the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and watch the changing face of Hartlepool as authors Paul Chrystal, Stan Laundon and Simon Crossley guide us through the local streets.
Paul Chrystal was educated at the Universities of Hull and Southampton where he took degrees in Classics and wrote his MPhil thesis on attitudes to women in Roman love poetry. He appears regularly on BBC local radio the World Service. He is the author of over fifty books on a wide range of subjects, including histories of northern places, social histories of tea and of chocolate, a history of confectionery in Yorkshire and various aspects of classical literature and Roman history. Stan Laundon, a well-known and popular figure in Hartlepool. He was a producer/presenter on BBC Tees for many years, is an enthusiastic amateur photographer and a journalist who worked with a number of famous bands in the sixties and seventies.