The Charm of the English Village by P. H. [Peter Hampson] Ditchfield lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Bracken Books, 1985, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings ;
From the cover: In the days of our forefathers, in Elizabethan or Jacobean times, there were no railroads to transport slates from Wales, or dump down wagon -loads of bricks in a country that possessed good stone-quarries. They were obliged to use the materials which nature in their own district afforded. This was the great secret of their success.
So P. H. Ditchfield astutely observes in the opening pages of his delighted and delightful exploration of the English rural heritage, as it showed itself to him in the early years of this century. England is famous for its villages: for their variety, for their picturesque charm, their blending into the landscape from which they seem to have grown. Here are Cavendish, Woebley and West Wycombe, Elmley Castle, Eardisland and Corsham, Ewelme, Pembridge and Burwash -villages which, despite the march of time and the ravages of twentieth century transport, are places we would still pick for ourselves today.
In this equally picturesque and handsomely produced book, P. H. Ditchfield wanders through the land, looking at the cottages, gardens, churches, inns, shops, almshouses, schools, bridges, sundials, weathercocks all the myriad details which add up to the beauty of village England. The delicate and affectionate drawings by Sydney Jones of all these aspects of village life add the final touch to this nostalgic, yet still relevant, ramble through the rural hamlets of England.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 167 pages. Index. 10″ x 6¾”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Architecture category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!