David’s wife, Betty, is a historical geographer.
Betty went to Brownhills High School in Tunstall. A graduate of Manchester University, she wrote her thesis on Stoke-on-Trent’s economic development.
Her husband, David, is an international heritage lawyer and a legal historian. She met him when he was researching the history of Tunstall Court Leet.
Betty and David grew up near the Potteries. They have always been fascinated by Stoke-on-Trent’s unique history and cultural heritage. Since 1990, they have undertaken extensive original research into its social and economic history. Both David and Betty are experienced freelance writers and have written numerous articles about North Staffordshire’s history and industrial heritage.
Betty’s investigation into the development of Tunstall from the beginning of the 7th to the end of the 20th century enabled her to produce the first map of the township as it was in the Middle Ages.
In the late 1990s, she wrote the history of Tunstall’s town hall and the market hall to support Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s application for lottery funding to regenerate them. Her history of these two buildings impressed the Heritage Lottery Fund, which gave the council £3.4 million.
Betty’s other research projects include:
- The history of the mining villages on the slopes of Mow Cop.
- The lives of leading local architects whose buildings gave The Potteries its unique character and architectural heritage.
- The history of the Poor Law and the growth of the Welfare State.
- The life of John Lloyd (Stoke-on-Trent’s forgotten aircraft designer) whose experiments with “flying wings” and researches into laminar flow helped to create the V Bomber Force and Concorde.
Her researches into North Staffordshire’s history and cultural heritage form the basis of a new series of books about the area. The first book in the series will be published in 2022.