Lerwick During The Last Half Century (1867-1917) by Thomas Manson
Lerwick during the Last Half Century was published in 1923, a reprint of articles by Thomas Manson which had appeared in his Shetland News during the First World War. It quickly became a local classic.

Manson describes people and places in late-19th and early 20th century Lerwick with verve. A typical chapter deals with many themes: the history of R. & C. Robertson, grocer, perhaps; a local ‘character’; the inauguration of a temperance society in the town; an account of the ‘Roost’, part of Commercial Street.

The book also contains more extended accounts of selected institutions and buildings, such as the First Zealand Volunteer Corps and the Anderson Institute. The whole work is suffused with Manson’s gentle humour.

This reprint, published by Lerwick Community Council on the 50th anniversary of Thomas Manson’s death, contains chapters on Hay & Co. ad Fort Charlotte, and an appendix on the church in Lerwick, not included in the 1923 edition. There is also a generous selection of photographs of Lerwick by the Victorian photographer George Washington Wilson, and an appreciation of Thomas Manson by Dr T. M. Y. Manson, his youngest son.

Hardcover October 1991 reprint edition

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Lerwick During The Last Half Century (1867-1917) by Thomas Manson

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