John Ramsbottom, A Victorian Engineering Giant
John Ramsbottom built up an international reputation for Crewe Works, and himself. This book details the man, his life, his inventions and his years working for the railways.
The name Todmorden first appears in 1641 and is generally accepted to mean Totta’s boundary-valley, probably a reference to the valley running northwest from the town, although the name “marshy valley of the fox” has also been proposed. The earliest written record of the area is in the Domesday Book (1086), at which time most people were living in scattered farms or in isolated hilltop agricultural settlements. Packhorse trails were marked by ancient stones of which many still survive.