They show Atherstone at this time as a typical Midlands market town, taking full advantage of its location and agricultural setting.
Atherstone was once an important hatting town, and became well known for its felt hats.
The Coventry Canal and a series of eleven locks runs through the town, as does the West Coast Main Line railway.
Atherstone has its railway station on this line, with an hourly service 7 days a week to both London and Crewe via Stafford and Stoke.
By the late Tudor period Atherstone had become a centre for leatherworking, clothmaking, metalworking and brewing.
The historic railway station building, built in 1847, was under threat of demolition in the early 1980s.
Thanks to a local group, the Railway and Steam Traction Society, listed status was obtained, with the building celebrating its 150th anniversary in 1997.
While it remained an agricultural settlement in medieval times, attempts were made to encourage merchants and traders through the creation of burgage plots, a type of land tenure that provided them with special privileges.
A manuscript discovered by Marjorie Morgan among the muniments of Cambridge’s King's College (Ms.The industry began in the 17th century and at its height there were seven firms employing 3,000 people.