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 who studied law and history at the London School of Economics.

Since leaving law school, David has worked in the field of heritage-based regeneration.

David and his wife Betty, a historical geographer, believe the Harecastle Tunnels and the former colliery at Chatterley Whitfield should be World Heritage Sites.

David and 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 took over 5,000 photographs of North Staffordshire’s industrial landscape.

Betty met David when he was researching the history 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 Anglo-Saxon shire and hundred courts and the creation of petty sessions, quarter sessions and assize courts in the Middle Ages.