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Alnwick Calling

As They Really Were: The Citizens of Alnwick 1831

By

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Can you freeze a moment of history? Keith Middlemas surely gets close to doing so in this absorbing book. He achieves this partly through meticulous research, and partly through a series of sketched portraits of the inhabitants of Alnwick in Northumberland, drawn by a local artist, Percy Forster, in 1831 and handed down to Middlemas by his grandfather, a solicitor in the town.

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