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Labouring Life in the Victorian Countryside Hardcover – 10 Sep 1976


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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; 1st edition (10 Sept. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717107280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717107285
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,403,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ow on 10 Feb. 2012
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An excellent book that covers the topic very well. It has a good balance of all components such as statistics,first hand accounts, detail and general context. It is very informative and enjoyable to read.

On the whole a great book to have aswell as the other books on rural life in the past without sentiment.

Illustrated section is very poor in my paperback copy.

Chapters
The Rural Community: A background Survey
Home life
School
Workers on the land
Rural crafts and cottage industries
Agricultural wages, trade unionism and politics
Holidays and recreations
The influence of religion
Sickness, medical care and death
Poverty and old age
Breaking the law
The changing scene: A conclusion
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My great-grandfather's first job was as a page at Dunsfold Manor, Ripley, Surrey.
Subsequently he became a labourer and stockman.
When his health began to fail him in his 70s he became a labourer mending roads.

His cottage possessed four rooms. which housed 12 children and a lodger!

He lived all his life in Ripley until his v. old age when he went to live with my grandmother.

As their was no welfare state you were dependant on the kindness of your children.
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Lots of good information, excellent for a starting point on the subject. Anyone woud need to get a book specific on any of the chapters to go into more detail. Definitely worth buying.
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Interesting, with plenty of facts of everyday lvillage ife in the Victorian era. Perhaps a bit too much reliance on quotes from contemporary sources.
Good reference book
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