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The Pattern Under the Plough [Paperback]

George Ewart Evans , Patrick Barkham , David Gentleman
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27 Oct 2013
In 1948, shortly after settling with his family in the village of Blaxhall, Suffolk, George Ewart Evans started recording the conversations he had with neighbours, many of whom were born in the nineteenth century and had worked on farms before the arrival of mechanisation. He soon realised that below the surface of their stories were the remnants of an ancient, rural culture previously ignored by historians. In the detail of village architecture, the of superstitions of tree-planting and rituals house-building, in the esoteric practices of horse cults or the pagan habit of 'telling the bees', The Pattern Under the Plough unearths the rich seam of customs and beliefs that this old culture has brought to our communities. Even in modern societies, governed by science and technology, there are still traces of a civilisation whose beliefs were bound to the soil and whose reliance on the seasons was a matter of life or death.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little Toller Books (27 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908213094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908213099
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful record of old customs 29 Jan 2014
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Plenty of interesting information
First half focus on rural rather than agricultural customs
Good insights especially origins of superstitions and imitations
Just started second half of book and as a farmer looking forward to it
Tendency to repeat himself... never mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars captures a lost world 23 Dec 2013
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anyone with farming ancestors, particularly from Suffolk, will find a mine of information on the reality of farming life before mechanisation - a wonderful read
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