Batley to Sheffield

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Duration: 30 minutes

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. He travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us, and what of Bradshaw's Britain remains, as his journey follows some of the earliest railways in the country from Newcastle to Melton Mowbray.

Michael finds out about shoddy, a successful 19th-century recycling industry in the textile town of Batley, discovers how the railways boosted Yorkshire's forced rhubarb trade, and meets the great-great-granddaughter of George Bradshaw himself.

Credits

Presenter
Michael Portillo
Presenter
Michael Portillo
Series Producer
Fiona Caldwell
Producer
Fiona Caldwell
Executive Producer
Charlie Bunce
Executive Producer
Charlie Bunce

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