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The Diary of a Cotswold Parson (Letters & Diaries) [Paperback]

Francis Edward Witts
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18 Feb 2003 Letters & Diaries
"The Diary Of A Cotswold Parson", from 1820 and 1852, reveals the world of the English parson to us and throws new light on a fascinating period of social history. It was just before the railways made travel much faster, yet it is astonishing how well the Reverend F.E. Witts manages 25 miles from his rectory in Upper Slaughter to Gloucester on his horse or in his carriage. Witts was a shrewd observer and notices how the fashionable world behaves as he passes through Cheltenham, and how the building of the town progresses. His work at Gloucester brought him into contact with some interesting historical figures, and the diary enables us to form a more rounded picture of various famous names, such as the inventor of the smallpox vaccine, Dr Edward Jenner, and Bishop Monk.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd; New Ed edition (18 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750931752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750931755
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 974,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Verey was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and for 19 years was senior investigator of Historic Buildings.

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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
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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