The Cuckoo Pen

The Cuckoo Pen : Tales of English Village Life Between the Wars

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When Fred Archer was a boy, men's voices were deep and mellow as they rang out following the plough, or sang in church on Sundays, a farmer could make a living with a herd of 20 cows, and each village had a blacksmith and wheelwright. Workers days were broken only by the turning rhythm of the seasons and the pleasure of a chat when they stopped for their bait of bread and cheese. This book recreates those days of the 1920s and 30s when life was so different from more

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 12mm | 281.23g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Sutton Publishing Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • portraits
  • 075091288X
  • 9780750912884

Table of contents

The farm worker; leisure and pleasure; the men and women of "The Cuckoo Pen"; "The Cuckoo Pen" - a midsummer's day. On the Farm: Farmer Dunn and his men; Caleb and Flora; the midnight milkman; the colonel; gripes, fluke and foot and mouth. The villagers: the merry widow; the boar and the old soldier; Ponto and Jubilee; Tustin the coalman; Sapper, a master plasterer; Wilfred and Claud. Through the seasons: the pea-pickers; the symphony of threshing; the mop fair and the first conker. Church, chapel and politics: Sunday morning; the Mothers' Union; the parish meeting; the general election. Round and About: ginger beer and brawn; the brown eagle; the deer escape from the park. Wartime and after: a village at war; a city industrialist; the darker side of "The Cuckoo Pen"; peace celebrations; crossing over Jordan; cars and the working more

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