The Changing English Village: A History of Bledington, Gloucestershire in Its Setting, 1066-1914 - M. K. [Mabel Kathleem] AshbyThe Roundwood Press (Kineton, England), 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Miss Ashby’s book is the story of an English village through nine centuries; but it is more than this; it is the story of the ever-changing pattern of communal existence as reflected in the lives of the inhabitants of a typical parish of the English midlands. The name of the village is unimportant: what is important is the way in which the lives of its inhabitants are shaped by external changes.
Miss Ashby’s first book, Joseph Ashby Of Tysoe, achieved well-deserved success with its sympathetic portrait of her father. The Changing English Village is a worthy successor.
The author’s treatment of her subject opens : up a new field of interest in social history, which she views with the detached, objective and almost clinical manner of the trained historical observer. This village has been shaped by external influences: Acts of Parliament, national movements, economic, religious and social, have moulded the lives of its inhabitants. Therefore — and this is the importance of the present work — it can be considered as the archetype of all English villages in its development through the centuries. Miss Ashby’s prose is compelling and eminently readable. Here is a book which all who are concerned with the future of rural England would do well to ponder, considering as they do so whether the English village community has come to the end of the road, and whether it will ever exist again as a separate entity.”
Foreword or introduction by Joan Thirsk. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIII] 425 pages.