Victorian & Edwardian Cotswolds Paperback
by Alan Sutton
Part of the Victorian & Edwardian series
In 1898 J. Arthur Gibbs commented 'Most of the cottages are kept scrupulously clean; they have an air of homely comfort which calls forth admiration of all strangers.
The children, too, when they go to church on Sundays, are dressed with a neatness and good taste that are simply astonishing when one recalls the income of a labourer on the Cotswolds - seldom, alas! averaging more than fourteen shillings a week. A boy of twelve years of age is able to keep himself; earning about five shillings a week.
To watch a boy of fourteen years managing a couple of great strong cart-horses, either at the plough or with the wagons, is a sight to gladden the heart of man.' Evocative descriptions with the pen are counterpoised by the beautiful photographs reproduced in sepia.
The whole blend in pictures and voices of the time gives us sight of the labouring men and the farmer's boy together with countless other characters that made up the Cotswolds when it was a sleepy byway of England.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages, 150 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/10/2008
- Category: Photographs: collections
- ISBN: 9781848680173