Darlington Through Time Review


From St Cuthbert’s Church and Darlington Hippodrome (pictured) to Crown Street Library and the Head of Steam Railway Museum, there’s a wealth of history to be discovered around every corner in Darlington. All of this history and more has been explored in “Darlington Through Time” – a new book from local author, Paul Chrystal.

Darlington Through Time CoverIn Darlington Through Time, Paul Chrystal traces the development of the town, from its importance as a medieval market to its IT and engineering prowess in the 21st century, through a selection of old and new photographs, accompanied by incisive and informative text.

Chrystal, whose previous books have included “Harrogate Through Time”, “Changing York” and “Changing Scarborough”, also explores how the railways have left a huge mark on the town and how historic events such as the Great Fire of Darlington (in May 1585) have shaped the town we know and love today.

At 96 pages long, Darlington Through Time is a concise and easily digestible history of the town. The brilliant contrast of old and new photographs shows how much Darlington has developed over the years into the town we see today. This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in Darlington and its heritage.

“Darlington Through Time” (RRP £14.99) was released on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 and is available to purchase from Amberley Books and all good retailers.

David Wriglesworth
University of Lincoln graduate and self-confessed social media addict David Wriglesworth is the founder of What's on Darlington. In his spare time, you’ll find him avoiding the gym and tagging his friends in memes on Facebook.