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Roy reveals the history of Market Square

AN 85-year-old historian has delved into the past of Stafford’s Market Square in a special talk for Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers.

 Roy Lewis, from Weston Downs, led the session which looked at how Market Square has changed since Tudor Times.

 The talk was organised through SARH’s Customer Learning Programme and included a range of facts and information spanning the last 400 years.

 Pam Smith, Customer Participation Officer for SARH, said: “Knowing about the history of where you live is really important and Roy gave a really interesting insight into local history as well as offering a lot of advice to people on how they could do their own historical research.”

 Roy has a history degree and was a teacher for children with special needs in the Forest of Dean and a local authority inspector before giving historical talks to groups in his retirement.

 “I have always loved history, especially local history.  I started writing newspaper articles about history at 17-years-old and over the years I’ve gathered information from a variety of sources.”

 Born in North Wales, Roy has lived in Stafford since 1967 and has written 32 books on local history covering Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Tamworth and Uttoxeter.

 “I very much enjoyed leading the session for SARH and I hope can do more similar events as part of the Customer Learning Programme in the future,” said Roy.

 For more information on the courses on offer through the Customer Learning Programme please contact the SARH Customer Participation Team on 0800 111 4554 or visit the SARH website www.sarh.co.uk

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