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Country Relics
An Account of Some Old Tools and Properties Once Belonging to English Craftsmen and Husbandmen Saved from Destruction and Now Described with their Users and their Stories

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  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600706

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  • H. J. Massingham (1888–1952) was renowned as a prolific writer on matters relating to the British countryside. In this volume, which was originally published in 1939, Massingham provides a rich and detailed description of traditional agricultural husbandry and the rural crafts inseparable from it. Written in consultation with various practitioners of these crafts, the text reveals a subtle interrelationship between man and nature based on centuries-old processes. Rather than taking a nostalgic approach to these processes, Massingham regards them as the sensible alternative to the 'scientific agriculture' of mechanised farming. Numerous illustrations are included alongside the descriptions of various crafts. This is a fascinating volume that will be of value to anyone with an interest in British agriculture, traditional crafts, and the history of land use.

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    'One book that should not be missed by anyone even vaguely interested in tool history.' Craft Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600706
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Hermitage:
    1. The hermitage
    2. The thatcher
    3. Thatching the hermitage
    Part II. Stone-Work:
    4. The kindest stone
    5. Quarrying roof stone
    6. Slatting the roof
    7. Regional stone roofs
    8. The quarryman
    9. Dry stone-walling
    10. Stone-breaking
    Part III. Timber:
    11. The hedger
    12. A bodger of the beech-woods
    13. The saw-pit
    14. Adze, Axe and Auger
    Part IV. The Life of the Fields - I:
    15. Threshing
    16. The waggon-team
    17. Ploughing
    Part V. The Life of the Fields - II:
    18. Sowing
    19. reaping
    20. The cow-yard
    Part VI. Shepherding:
    21. Shepherd's gear
    22. The shepherd's rise and fall
    23. Sheep-shearing
    24. The old shepherd
    Part VII. The Craftswoman
    Section 1. Lace:
    25 The lace-maker
    26. Bobbins and pillow
    27. Making bucks point
    Section 2. Gloves:
    28. Gloveing
    29. The glover
    Part VIII. Straw and Basket Work:
    30. The dolly
    31. The deerhurst basket
    32. A basket-maker and his family
    33. Cultivating the rods
    34. Making the basket
    Part IX. The Fireplace:
    35. Home-made
    36. The kitchen
    37. Sixty years ago
    38. Kitchen things
    Part X. Conclusion:
    39. Rural regeneration
    40. 'Bygones'
    Inventory of the objects in the hermitage mentioned in the text

  • Author

    H. J. Massingham

    Illustrated by

    Thomas Hennell

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