A fascinating history of a well known market town is back on sale after its initial print run sold out.

Neston: Stone Age to Steam Age tells the story of the town and its surrounding villages from their earliest days to the coming of the railways.

The book, produced by the Burton and Neston History Society, has 80 illustrations and looks at the people, places and events that helped shape the area as it is known today.

Neston: Stone Age to Steam Age
Neston: Stone Age to Steam Age

Local historian Anthony Annakin-Smith, one of the contributors to the book, said: “The Neston area has a fascinating history featuring Viking settlers to coal miners and shipbuilders to criminals.

“Readers will learn about events such as the coming of the plague, sabotage at the local collieries, the area’s links to the slave trade and the origins of the celebrated Lady Emma Hamilton.

“They will also discover the story of many of the old inns, farms, churches and houses that are still familiar to us.”

As well as looking at Neston itself, the book, edited by Susan Chambers, covers the surrounding villages of Parkgate, Thornton Hough, Raby, Willaston, Little Neston, Ness and Ledsham which together once formed the parish of Neston.

Edward Hilditch, chairman of the history society, said: “The book’s initial print run last year sold out so we are pleased to have more copies now available.”

Priced at £14.95, the 253-page book is available from Gordale Nurseries at Burton, Temptation on Neston High Street and on eBay.