A-Z OF JARROW – Places – People – History, by Paul Perry. Amberley Publishing. (www.amberley-books.com) £14.99. Softback.

This local author and photographer has drawn from his extensive collection of photographs and postcards of old Jarrow to produce this illustrated guide. Jarrow remained a small town until the introduction of coal mining and shipbuilding. Charles Mark Palmer established a shipyard – Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Company in 1852 and became the first armour-plate manufacturer in the world. The yard also built the first iron screw collier which revived the Tyne coal trade and a number of notable warships. Palmer’s employed as much as 80% of the town’s working population until its closure in 1933 which led to the event for which Jarrow is best-known, the Jarrow March to London in 1936.