A book on the story of Barton Grange was launched at a special event held at the Barton Grange Hotel on Thursday May 7.
?Barton Grange: A Topping Tale? reveals the story behind the multi award-winning Barton Grange group of companies, including one of the UK?s most successful garden centres ? which has won the GCA Award for Destination Garden Centre of the Year for the past four years.
The book ? which is written by Ian Topping and local author Carole Knight ? tells how the Topping family of Preston grew their business.
From the rural Preston of the late 19th century, through some fascinating accounts of living in 1920?s Preston and telling how the original manor house was requisitioned during the war, the book provides a snapshot of social history in Lancashire.
Bringing the reader right up to the present day, with Eddie?s sons now in charge, it?s an absorbing and often touching account of a family determined to succeed, but to do so with a smile on their faces, and on the faces of those who worked with them.