From the stark drama of the Yorkshire Dales to the rich, warm limestone villages of the Cotswolds, Richard Turpin’s camera captures the very essence of the quintessential English village as it has unfolded and developed over the centuries.
Cottages, churches, village greens, markets, pub signs and the English love of gardening all play their part in this photographic journey which reflects the glory and diversity of village architecture and the rural landscapes that surround it.
Villages of England is organised under subject headings that encapsulate different facets of English village life, rather than on a strictly geographical basis. Chapters include: ‘Waterside Villages’, ‘Industrial Villages’, ‘The Village Church’ and ‘Timber, Clay & Stone’. Author Roger Hunt writes knowledgeably about the development of the English village as moulded by centuries of politics, laws, disease, conflict and changes in lifestyle, living standards and economics.
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Following on from his books, Hidden France and London, photographer Richard Turpin has produced yet another stimulating feast for the eyes. His wide-ranging images of sedate English village life are grouped thematically, through pictureque churches and greens, tranquil waterside and solumn industrial locations. Today's surviving beauty and variety is shown to be the result of layers of custom and changing circumstance, while local character is evoked by the surrounding countryside and choice of building materials. He reveals both the beauty and the hardship that were inherent aspects of village life and leaves you with the keen sense that even now coastal life can be dangerous!
Roger Hunt's accompanying text, simultaneously provides a sympathetic and very readable account of the evolution of the village as part of English history. He explains the profound effects of the inexorable Black Death and Industrial Revolution as well as revealing fascinating local legends and events. Widecombe-in-the-Moor's church, for instance, was struck by lightening, which was explained at the time as the Devil tethering his horse to its pinnacle!
Finally, the map, list of villages by county and comprehensive index all contribute to the overall enjoyment of the book and inspire you to go out and find these gems of old England for yourself. --Fiona MurphyFrom the Back Cover:
Across the length and breadth of England, picturesque, historic villages survive almost untouched by the often damaging hand of progress. From the stark drama of the Yorkshire Dales to the rich, warm limestone villages of the Cotswolds, Richard Turpin’s camera captures the very essence of the quintessential English village as it has unfolded and developed over the centuries.
Cottages, churches, and pubs are steeped in history, and the author reveals fascinating details about the lives and traditions of villagers since prehistoric times. Chapters based on facets of life show how industrial villages and coastal villages formed, and how village greens had many duties as the centre of public life.
'Villages of England' captures a way of life shaped by the conflicting forces of change and tradition, with perfect vistas and historical details of each location for a leisurely pictorial tour of delightful countryside.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS ILLUSTRATED, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0004140796