Plymouth is steeped in history, from the prehistoric remains discovered at Cattedown, the Bronze Age trading settlement at Mount Batten and the Roman burial grounds at Stonehouse to the Pilgrim Fathers' departure from the Mayflower Steps, the hard-fought battles of the Civil War and the Blitz during the Second World War. In Aâ€“Z of Plymouth local author Derek Tait takes the reader on a tour through the history of this Devon city.
Here are the stories behind its notable streets and buildings, and the dark secrets of its hidden lanes and alleyways.
The author highlights aspects of Plymouthâ€™s colourful maritime heritage and introduces us to some of its famous sons and daughters.
With strong associations to Nancy Astor, Sir Francis Drake, William Bligh, Lawrence of Arabia, Admiral Hardy and Charles Darwin, as well as tales of slavers, pirates, suffragettes, mutineers and executions, the city is rich in stories of discoveries, triumphs and disasters, all adding to its compelling history.
Fully illustrated throughout, this book will be of interest to visitors, residents and all those with links to this port city.