Brindley's Harecastle Tunnel (Chatterley)
Brindley’s Harecastle Tunnel, one of the tunnels that merit World Heritage Site status

David Martin is an international heritage lawyer and a legal historian.

David studied law and history at the London School of Economics. Since leaving law school, he has worked in the field of heritage-based regeneration. David cannot understand why North Staffordshire’s community leaders underestimate the economic potential of the district’s heritage assets. He believes that the Harecastle Tunnels and the former colliery at Chatterley Whitfield should be made World Heritage Sites.

David and his wife, Betty, grew up near the Potteries. They have always been fascinated by Stoke-on-Trent’s history and its architectural heritage. David took A’ levels at Stoke-on-Trent College of Commerce. He became a member of the College of Art’s photographic society and in the 1960s took over 5,000 photographs of North Staffordshire’s industrial landscape.

Betty is a historical geographer. She met David when he was researching the history and jurisdiction of Tunstall Court Leet. Betty went to Brownhills High School in Tunstall. She is a graduate of Manchester University, where she wrote a thesis on Stoke-on-Trent’s economic development.

Since 1990, David has undertaken extensive original research into North Staffordshire’s legal and administrative history. His researches include:

  • The history of local government in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
  • Maintaining law and order in the Potteries during the 19th century.
  • The decline of the Anglo-Saxon shire and hundred courts since the Middle Ages and the introduction of petty sessions, quarter sessions and assize courts.