The 1950s and 1960s were a time of great change for the whole country as postwar austerity gave way to revolutionary ideas and attitudes in architecture, commerce and most of all, popular culture. How did Barnsley's 'revolution' affect the lives of its people during this time? In fact, it was a time for change here too as this collection of old photographs clearly show. It was perhaps the final age of the 'Old Barnsley', as the Fish Market disappeared, as did the May Day Green Market, and the great Barnsley Market itself. For the youth of the town the YMCA was the new place to be, to show off the new fashions and to listen to the music. These pictures will provoke memories for many and bring back to life a time that, although not so very long ago, now looks and feels so very far away.
Golden Years of Barnsley is a collection of photographs form a time not-so-long-ago. It is not a history book, rather a nostalgic look at life concentrating on that most eventful period in our recent past centred around the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Each picture is brought to life with generous, well researched captions that will rekindle thoughts of how things were in the Barnsley of our childhood, the Barnsley of our parents, and perhaps even our grandparents.
Inside this book you will find images of everyday life, including people at work, at play, on the move and in the town centre. Every facet of Barnsley nostalgia finds a place.
Above all these images are intended to bring back memories of how things were in a time that seems like only yesterday...