This fascinating collection of old photographs shows in fine detail some of the major changes that have taken place in Cheadle and its surrounding villages over the last hundred years. In its industrial heyday Cheadle was a centre for coalmining and famous for its silk and tape mills. Factories at Oakamoor produced the cable that was laid under the Atlantic for the first telegraphic link between Europe and America. In this book we can revisit those busy days through these old photographs and see for ourselves how the streets and factories looked to the people who lived and worked in them. We can see some of the people too, and how they lived. These old scenes, collected in almost 200 photographs, will bring back powerful memories for some and introduce new residents and a younger generation to a town they could scarcely imagine.