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The Diary of a Cotswold Parson [Paperback]

Francis Edward Witts , David Verey
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18 Nov 2008
The diary of a Cotswold parson, from 1820 to 1852, throws new light on to a fascinating period of English social history. It was just before the railways made travel faster, and we are astonished how well the Reverend F. E. Witts manages to commute from Upper Slaughter to Gloucester on his horse or in his carriage. He is a shrewd observer and notices how the fashionable world behaves as he passes through Cheltenham, and how the building of the town progresses. For the first time we discover that John Forbes the architect of the beautiful Pittville Pumproom was sentenced for fraud to transportation for life, even though it was subsequently commuted to a few years in prison. Witts may not savour each unique experience to the same extent as the diarist parson Kilvert did later in the century; but he had far wider and more interesting contacts. His references, for instance, to the widow of Warren Hastings, to Dr. Jenner, to the bibliophile Sir Thomas Phillipps, the philanthropist Samuel Warneford, or to Bishop Monk, enable us to form much more complete pictures of these historical figures. Reading the diary is an enjoyable experience for anyone; but particularly for those who love Gloucestershire.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (18 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848680155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848680159
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Verey is best known for his authorship of the two Pevsner volumes covering Gloucestershire. He was an architectural historian of note, and his pioneering efforts, bringing the diaries of Francis Witts to public notice brought him much acclaim.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating 13 May 2014
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As a Cotswold Voluntary Warden, I found this book facinating. There are lots of interesting anecdotes to bore my friends with!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every day events from the 1st comuter 2 Dec 2008
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This book is a fascinating insight into the everyday life of a parson and magistrate. He must be the very first comuter travelling from the Slaughters to Gloucester, Cheltenham and The Forest of Dean on a day to day basis. He also writes about the progress of the construction of Cheltenham. Wonderful book
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4.0 out of 5 stars interestin book 8 Jan 2010
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l recieved this book very fast dispite the weather and was very pleased with the book and service
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent picture of life in mid-19th century Gloustershire 22 Oct 2007
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I purchased this volume from a small bookshop in the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. This is a colorful and detailed view of rural life in the Cotswolds from 1820 - 1852. The diary was kept by the Reverend F.E. Witts during the bulk of his career as a country parson. These are delightful descriptions! Anyone who is interested in English country life should read this book.
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