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Description - Wagons and Carts by David Viner

The slow-paced wagons and carts of yesteryear can provide clues into the way past rural communities lived and worked. The varying landscape of the British Isles created different agricultural demands, and this is reflected in the extremely localized design and craftsmanship of pastoral vehicles. This book explores the origins of wagon design, and describes the specific uses of these vehicles across Britain, drawing on a wide range of colloquial words, and providing a list of places where surviving wagons and carts can be found. Detailed line drawings and photographs complete this nostalgic account of regional diversity in a bygone age.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747806769
ISBN-10: 0747806764
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 149mm x mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Viner

David Viner is a museums and heritage consultant, freelance curator and consultant. His interest in rural social history dates back to his schooldays, developed throughout a career in museums over thirty-five years. The distinguished wagons of the Cotswolds first inspired an interest in regional types and function, which he now pursues all over the UK. He has contributed a series of studies for Heavy Horse magazine and enjoyed pursuing his research as Museum of English Rural Life Research Fellow at the University of Reading. He is a Fellow of the Museums Association and the Society of Antiquaries and the author of a dozen books and photographic albums.