This website is a reflection of my work and interests. 

I write books, undertake historical research, advise parish councils, and take photographs to illustrate and inform my projects.

I am always happy to discuss new projects and challenges.  Please contact me if I can help you.

British Retail

I have been fascinated by retail since I worked in the stockroom of a Littlewood's store at the age of fourteen.

Shopping is a universal part of modern-day life.  In this book I profile the people behind the corporations that built the modern-day high street and changed the way we shopped.

My book is a celebration of those individuals, their families and their employees who, through self-belief and determination, created the multi-million-pound retail businesses we use every day.

Arguably, some of the present challenges faced by our High Street shops could be answered by looking at how shopkeepers of the past overcame obstacles.  A different age, but they too had their problems, and there is a strong sense of continuity.  

Published in hardcover by Pen & Sword, August 2018
208 pages. £19.99

Leicester : Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England

The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over twelve million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history.  Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts.

Leicester has been at the heart of the country's political and economic development for over two millennia. The city grew rapidly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the construction of the Grand Union Canal and the arrival of the railway. These developments encouraged and accompanied a process of industrialisation which intensified throughout the Victorian era; hosiery, textiles, and footwear became the major industrial employers.

This book reflect the development of Leicester using detailed photographs from the Historic England Archive with additional images from the author's own collection.

Published in softback by Amberley Publishing, August 2018
96 pages. £14.99

The west end of the nave of the Parish Church of St Thomas a Becket in Tugby was the unlikely location for interviews for would-be Neighbourhood Plan facilitators, but the village hall was already booked. However, local facilitators worth their salt would know that there were few place in the parish where the public can meet.

170 years ago, William Wheeler Kendall was born near Market Harborough. Soon after his 21st birthday he made his way from his family's farm in Great Oxendon, through Harborough, to Leicester to seek his fortune. It must have been raining on his journey, because he decided to make umbrellas.

An archaeological survey of the land west of Warwick Road in Kibworth has revealed evidence of a continuity of occupation stretching from the Iron Age to the Roman era and into the Saxon period. The work was undertaken by Museum of London Archaeology on behalf of the landowners who have submitted a planning application to build up to 400 homes...