About the author : The late Dr. Ian Sellers received his Ph.D. from Keele. He was a Methodist minister and was appointed the Bishop Fraser Lecturer in Church History in the Department of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester in 1996. Earlier books include Victorian Nonconformity (Arnold, 1975), and Nineteenth Century Nonconformity (Arnold, 1977), and many articles and reviews in journals.1998 0-7734-8497-3
This volume is a pioneering work which tries to bridge the gap between a decaying feudalism and the advent of a modern, democratic and free-enterprise culture, giving due account to social, political and cultural phenomena. It sets the town in its regional context, assessing the pull of Manchester and Liverpool, of Lancashire to the north and Cheshire to the south.