Old English Household Life

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Jeremy Mills Publishing, 2008 - 228 pages
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First published in 1925 and reprinted many times since, Old English Household Life is a fascinating portrait of a long-vanished way of being. Its author, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), is best known for her pioneering garden design work, but this volume reveals her wider knowledge and love of country life: its crafts, traditions and people. From the sturdy tools arranged around the cottage hearth to the many buildings and trades to be found in the fields, woods and lanes of the English countryside, Jekyll details rural skills and customs which had endured for hundreds of years but were now giving way to the modern age. Without sentimentalising the often harsh lives faced by her subjects, Jekyll's account is full of admiration for the hard work, dignity and rich variety of country life.
 

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Contents

The Evolution of the Fireplace
13
Cottage Candlelight
19
The Hearth and its Implements
32
In the Cottage Kitchen
52
Old Cottage and Farmhouse Furniture
66
Cottage Construction
80
Home Industries
99
Round About the Farm
108
Some Old Country Mechanism
148
Mills and Dovecotes
157
Roads Carriages Carts and Waggons
164
Roadsides Gates and Fences
179
Bridges
192
Some Oldtime Punishments
198
Churchyards
207
Index 21
216

Old People and Costume
131
Travelling Traders and Gypsies
141

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