MP brushes up the town’s Past Times

Above: Wendy Stubbs of Macclesfield Visitors Centre, David Rutley, MP and local author Dorothy Bentley Smith

Local MP, David Rutley, met up with local historian Dorothy Bentley Smith to find out more about Past Times of Macclesfield Volume IV – Dorothy’s latest book on Macclesfield’s rich heritage.

A celebrated historian, Dorothy has lived in Macclesfield since 1977, and is well known for her Past Times of Macclesfield series of books, which look back on 1,000 years of local history. Past Times of Macclesfield Volume IV was recently published following the continued success of previous books in the series and is available online and from local outlets, including Macclesfield Visitors Centre in Market Place.

The Past Times series bring together columns that Dorothy wrote for the former local newspaper, Macclesfield Community News. Dorothy has also written other books on the town, including a biography of Charles Roe, the influential entrepreneur who brought the silk industry to Macclesfield.

David commented, “Dorothy’s prolific work always provides fascinating insights on Macclesfield’s rich history. Her latest work continues to bring our town’s history to life and I hope that more local residents will be able to enjoy reading more about Macclesfield’s fascinating past.”

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