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Newtown: A Photographic Journey in Reading, 1974

Authors: Terry Allsop

Published by Two Rivers Press

ISBN: 9781901677881

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Newtown is a collection of 107 unique photographs, recording the days prior to the demolition of part of Victorian Newtown to make way for its 1970s replacement, now a suburb of Reading.

Evocative black-and-white images of the streets, the houses, the canal and the people reveal glimpses of a vibrant society on the brink of change, in which children play in streets increasingly fragile with decay but still intricate in their construction. This beautiful book will fascinate anyone either personally or professionally interested in the social history of Reading.

Terry Allsop was born in London in 1940 but moved to Grimsby in 1944 because of bomb damage to the family home. Moving back to the Thames Valley in the 1960s, Terry worked for several architectural firms; it was at the Reading office of Broadway & Malyan that he was charged with recording each building in every street in the 16-acre site about to be demolished and redeveloped. He re-discovered the negatives for this collection on his retirement, and staged two exhibitions of the photographs in conjunction with Reading Library in 2009 and 2011.

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