CIVIC LIVES (The Story of a Town Clerk and his family)
The story of leading lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and long serving town clerk, Frederick Lee Harrop, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through late Victorian and Edwardian English life. These were times of great invention and rapid technological progress against a backdrop of creaking civil administration which belonged to the middle ages. Harrop helped to lay the foundations of modern local government and his story is in many ways the story of municipal progress. Along the way we shall meet all aspects of human activity, the admirable and the mean; humour and tragedy; scandals and skulduggery which makes today’s political landscape seem tame.
We shall not see the like of Harrop family again as their era has past. The story of their lives and enduring legacy will entertain and enlighten anyone with an interest in social, political, family and community history or the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
South Yorkshire History at it’s Best.
Anyone involved in local government or civic affairs will find it irresistible.
(As an appendix, Miss E. K. L. Harrops’ four churches of Swinton, published in 1913 is reprinted for the first time.)
Published September/October 2007