How to Read a Village
By (author) Richard Muir
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How to Read a Village by Richard Muir
Book DescriptionWhat constitutes a village? What is the significance of the maypole? What was the true purpose of a village green? What is a 'moot hall'? What is the origin of lich-gates? What was the real role of a yeoman? How come whole villages have disappeared over the centuries? This book reveals the answers and provides all the tools a village detective will need. Village history, points out the author, is embedded in the village landscape. Village stories can, therefore, be 'read': this book will reveal how. Arranging the book thematically, chapters cover ancient villages; the village green (including maypoles, pubs and ponds); the village church; cottages and farmsteads; village architecture (including lock-ups and market crosses); village casualties; fishing villages; clachans and fermtouns; and, villages of the modern era. Drawing on dozens of real villages as examples, the author, an expert on the landscape, matches up popular images and perceptions with the realities of old village life and history. Illustrating his theories with photographs, maps and drawings, he shows how amateur enthusiasts can pursue local village history with fascinating results. Covering the whole of Britain, he also points out key regional differences - for example, why villages in Scotland follow a different pattern to villages in England. This is a fascinating book that will delight lovers of local history everywhere.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780091920111
(253mm x 198mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Ebury Press
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Muir
Elegy for the Dales, Paperback (August 2010)
This is the story of the shaping, over several millennia, of a valley community of the Yorkshire Dales.
Lost Villages of Britain, Paperback (July 2008)
In an age when building developments seem to be advancing on every small plot of unspoilt British countryside, it seems hard to imagine times when well-established settlements were declining and dying. This guide on landscape history explores the contributing factors behind the desertion of our villages.
Woods, Hedges and Leafy Lanes, Paperback (March 2008)
The landscapes of Britain have been shaped by hundreds of generations, moulding the countryside to fit with their own ideals, through the planting of hedgerows and wooded pastures. This type of scenery has been long in the making, with new additions and flourishes added every century. This book unravels the history of woods and hedgerows.
Be Your Own Landscape Detective, Hardback (February 2007)» View all books by Richard Muir
Landscape history uses clues in landscape - buildings, roads, fields, hedges - together with maps. This book exposes the myths that have grown up around the landscape such as the Black Death being responsible for the depopulation of the countryside, and old woods being the last relics of the ancient wild wood that covered all of the country.
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Author Biography - Richard Muir
Dr Richard Muir has a first class MA and a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, and was made Honorary Research Fellow in Geography and the Environment in 2001. The bestselling author of the classic and hugely successful Shell Guide to Reading the Landscape, he is a leading expert in the field of landscape interpretation. Raised in the Yorkshire Dales, educated in Scotland and having lectured at Trinity, Dublin and Anglia universities, he now lives in Harrogate.
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