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 today.show more

Product details

  • 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 man.show more

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