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Make Bury great again

England's towns were once as mighty as its cities. Now, they've fallen on hard times. Can Bury lead the revival?

By Philip Collins   July 2018

Towns like Bury could lead a nationwide regeneration effort. Photo: Prospect composite

Britain was once full of glorious towns—regency spas, industrial workshops, market squares, council chambers, grand town halls looked down upon by statues of local dignitaries. This was the very fabric of the nation of England, in particular. It is an intriguing parlour game to take a description like the one that follows, from Mark Girouard’s The English Town: A History Of Urban Life, and wonder to which place it applies:

“For a mile or so we…

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