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the a511: poor, proud and pretty
Chris Mear

the a511: poor, proud and pretty, Chris Mear

the a511: poor, proud and pretty, Chris Mearthe a511: poor, proud and pretty
Chris Mear


279 pages
300 x 310 mm
ISBN Not Available


“21 miles with a colourful past and an ever growing mundane future (on the surface at least).

Coalville literally had its identity coined by its infamous coal mining past. Ashby-de-la-zouch had its hay day in the 19th century when ribbon, coal and bricks were big. The castle has played host to many high profile names – Henry VII, Mary Queen of Scots and Charles I to name but a few. The scale of Swadlincote’s industrial past saw the town grow from a small manor at the doomsday survey into a large industrial town by the turn of the 18th century. Straddling the river trent for centuries Burton-upon-Trent has been known worldwide for beer due to the quality of local water, which contains a lot of dissolved salts. but it’s been a long time since those miners marched across Ashby road to get their daily shower..” – Chris Mear.
(source: the book, page 1.)

About the Artist
Chris Mear is a photographer born and based in the heart of the National Forest, U.K.. He has published five books to date, including ‘Just Passing By’ which was published by Snibston Discovery Museum (Leicestershire, UK) in 2014. Mear’s first solo exhibition was organised by Snibston Discovery Museum in 2013. In 2010 Mear was the recipient of the Free Range Art Award at the annual Free Range Art & Design Show in London. Since 2015 Mear has also designed and facilitated several photography workshops for vulnerable people in Derbyshire (UK) with a focus on visual storytelling.

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