A Rural Revolution tells the story of one family, one village and one nation all transformed by the world-shaking changes that began in Britain in the 18th century. Through five generations, the book follows the fortunes of Nel Sproston’s family from their mid-Cheshire origins to their new life in a Staffordshire village. It explores some of the key developments of the first ever industrial revolution and its aftermath – to the First World War and beyond – and shows how the village and the family’s way of life were drastically reshaped as a result.
“All life – and death – is here in this colourful exploration of how the shifting rural landscape affected our ancestors”. (Family Tree magazine)