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Village Life and Labour

Village Life and Labour
An Anthology

  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521166331

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  • Originally published in 1939, this volume attempts to capture some of the traditions of English rural life during a time of increasing agricultural mechanisation. Through descriptions gathered from a number of different authors, the reader is given the sense of rural communities as being held together by a shared understanding of these traditions, and of a shared heritage passed down through the generations. In separating the cultural life of villages from an increasingly rationalised system of production, modern farming techniques are seen as creating fundamental changes in this established existence. This fascinating book will be of value to anyone with an interest in British history and agricultural customs.

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    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521166331
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.21kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Introduction and acknowledgements
    Part I:
    1. A farmer of the olden times
    2. The 'gentleman' farmer a hundred years ago
    3. Fleeceborough
    4. Modern times
    5. Cicely's dairy
    6. Cowman and dairy
    7. A winter morning
    8. Corn-carting
    9. Colt-breaking
    10. The shearer
    11. Rural technique
    12. Scythes
    13. Stacking
    14. Harvesting in the old style
    15. Gleaning
    16. Hops
    17. 'Bottles' and mole-catching
    Part II:
    18. Timber
    19. A folk industry
    20. The farm-waggon
    21. Wind-mill repairs
    Part III:
    22. Straw
    23. The lace-makers
    A list of country industries and a list of books
    Glossary.

  • Editors

    Cecil G. Hutchinson

    Frank Chapman

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