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Villages of Britain The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside by Clive Aslet
  

Villages of Britain The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside

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Villages of Britain The Five Hundred Villages That Made the Countryside by Clive Aslet

Villages of Britain is the history of the countryside, told through five hundred of its most noteworthy settlements. Many of Britain's villages are known for their loveliness, of course, but their role in shaping the nation over the centuries is relatively untold, drowned out by the metropolitan bias of history. A consummate storyteller, Clive Aslet deftly weaves the worlds of agriculture, politics, the arts, industry, folklore, science, ecology, fashion and religion into one irresistible volume. The Bedfordshire works that a century ago manufactured half a billion bricks a year; the Cheshire municipality striving to become the country's first carbon-neutral community; the Derbyshire estate where the cottages represent the gamut of European architecture; the Gloucestershire community founded by Tolstoyans, who still live by anarchic principles; the Leicestershire town where pub walls are embedded with Jurassic-era fossils; the Morayshire settlement where Hogmanay is celebrated eleven days late; the Pembrokeshire fishing hamlet that inspired Dylan Thomas; the Somerset village that was built on the back of the trade in Peruvian bird droppings; the Suffolk village that is rejecting modernity by reconstructing a windmill for grinding flour; the Surrey woodland that fosters Europe's most ancient trees - all these are places that have made a unique contribution to the narrative of this country. Follow Clive Aslet in visiting all five hundred villages, and you will have experienced the history of these islands from a uniquely rural perspective.

Reviews

PRAISE FOR LANDMARKS OF BRITAIN: 'A brilliant, far-ranging enterprise... literally a monumental work: all those who care about history in the first place should acquire it
Antonia Fraser, Sunday Times PRAISE FOR THE ENGLISH HOUSE:

'Informative and entertaining, effortlessly conjuring up the houses of the past, and the lives of those who lived in them... a thorough treat'
Jenny Uglow, Guardian

About the Author

Clive Aslet joined Country Life in 1977, and is now Editor at Large. He writes extensively for national newspapers, and often broadcasts on radio and television. His most recent books were the highly acclaimed Landmarks of Britain and The English House. An authority on British life, Clive is well known as a campaigner on countryside and other issues. Married with three children, he divides his time between London and Ramsgate.

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Publication date

1st October 2010

Author

Clive Aslet

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Hardback
672 pages

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ISBN

9780747588726

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