Win a book full of old Belper pictures

NBENBE111031f2, Relaunch of book fetauring old pictures of Belper at The Book Shop. Michael Morris with the book and shop co-owners Chris Worth and Maggie Hull
NBENBE111031f2, Relaunch of book fetauring old pictures of Belper at The Book Shop. Michael Morris with the book and shop co-owners Chris Worth and Maggie Hull

AN INTRIGUING book featuring pictures from Belper’s past has been re-published — 18 years after it was first printed.

Grandfather’s Belper is part of The Heritage Series and features snaps of familiar landmarks and areas of the town.

Grandfather's Belper

Grandfather's Belper

Some of the pictures date back more than 150 years.

Michael Morris, 77, first published Grandfather’s Belper in 1993.

Now, due to popular demand, the book has made a return and has been published for a second time — again by Mr Morris.

He said: “It has been successful in the past and there is no reason it cannot be successful again.”

Belper in the past

Belper in the past

It has gone on sale in The Book Shop, King Street, Belper. It features in the shop’s window display.

Mr Morris said: “Maggie Hall at The Book Shop asked me to redo it.

“It is something local that people will be able to relate to.”

Chris Worth, who is co-owner of The Book Shop with Maggie Hall, said: “Nearly 20 years has gone by and there is a new generation that wants to see this book.

“It is not available second-hand on the internet, and second-hand copies are not readily available.”

She added: “There is always a demand for old pictures of Belper.

“Both from people who have grown up here and also those from the many visitors to the town.

“There is a steady supply of people coming to look at the town because they have traced ancestors back here.

“And local books do sell steadily.”

Among the 47 pictures in Grandfather’s Belper are Bridge Street in the 1920s, King Street in 1860 and the early 1900s, Market Place in 1922, workers at a crate shop in Whitemoor in 1895, and High Pavement and Nottingham Road in 1911.

Belper’s River Gardens, the town’s railway station, Bridge Hill House, the Triangle, and Bridge Foot also feature in the pages of the book.

The Belper News has three copies of the book to give away.

They were generously donated by Mr Morris.

To be in with a chance of winning one, complete the coupon and send it to Belper Book Competition, The Belper News, 27 Grosvenor Road, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3JE.

The closing date is Monday, December 5, at 12 noon. The Editor’s decision is final.