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Labouring Life in the Victorian Countryside [Hardcover]

Pamela Horn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd; 1st edition (10 Sep 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717107280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717107285
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,546,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for its kind 10 Feb 2012
By ow
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The real life of the Victorian labourer 30 April 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of information... 24 Dec 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Sep 2014
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Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent socio-historical resource 8 Jun 2010
By dc - Published on Amazon.com
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Pamela Horn is a brilliant social historian, gathering data on the Victorians with the same obsessive-compulsive detail with which they studied themselves. Her books contain many authentic photos, remembrances, and snippets from letters gleaned as often from "nobodies" as from the historical files, making her work an invaluable resource for anyone who wants an honest feel for what real life was like in the Victorian Age.
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