Oxfordshire Colony: Turners Court Farm School, Wallingford, 1911-1991

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AuthorHouse, 2011 - History - 328 pages
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This is the first independent account of a unique institution, the Wallingford Farm Training Colony - later known simply as 'Turners Court' - which opened a century ago. Founded by a group of philanthropic non-conformists, the 'Colony' aimed to take unemployed young men off the streets, train them on the land and send them off to the 'Dominions'. During its 80 year history, Turners Court's clientele, training programme and lifestyle all changed radically. The author has used the institution's own records, together with the (mainly unpublished) accounts of former 'colonists' and staff members, and sets the history of the Colony in the context of 20th century legislation, economic and social change.

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About the author (2011)

Chris Sladen studied modern history at Oxford University, before earning a living in marketing, public relations and the UK civil service. In semi-retirement he took a Master's degree at Ruskin College, Oxford. His first historical book, 'The Conscription of Fashion', a study of civilian clothing during World War II, appeared in 1995. He now lives near Oxford, writes regularly for university publications and contributes to academic and popular history journals. This book also reveals a personal connection with the Wallingford 'Colony'.

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