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Titel: Lincolnshire Country Life Beside the Wash, ...
Verlag: Privately Published, 2000
Einband: Soft cover
Signiert: Signed by Author(s)
Auflage: 1st Edition
First edition. Paperback. Signed copy with hand-wriiten, signed compliment slip. Slight wear otherwise very good indeed. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A163326
Inhaltsangabe: Lincolnshire Country Life Beside the Wash 1920's to 1939 is a story of Fenlanders who thrived despite meagre earnings and 'do-it-yourself' entertainment such as whist drives, concerts and mud larking on the Marsh. Although the book is based on Stanley's birthplace, Kirton Skeldyke, a number of people have said that it could be any hamlet where farming is the main industry.
To compliment the stories typical of any farming community the book also offers 93 photographs, nine pages of dialect that Stanley learned during his apprenticeship on the farm, ten poems (some written to compliment the stories), five pages of Skeldyke Village news that substantiate the stories, four maps (including two German OS maps of Lincolnshire acquired in France in October 1944), plus eleven pages of adverts from 1934-1936
Famous Characters in the book include:
Luke Hansard, the most notable pupil of Kirton Grammar School (closed 1917/1919), who went on to establish the Parliamentary Hansard Reports.
Dame Sara Swift, who was born in Kirton Skeldyke in 1854 and carved a career in the nursing profession and who went on to form the Royal College of Nursing. A ward at Guy's Hospital in London is named after her.
Sir Peter Scott, an expert in ornithology of the marshes and a writer and painter of distinction, paid several visits to Kirton Marsh.
Vom Autor: The book has taken four years to research, write, compile and publish and illustrates a typical working life beside the Wash, in between the two Great Wars.
It was the era when it was a luxury for working people to ride in a car. Our mode of travel was 'shank's pony' and trusty bike. The two-horse carrier's cart travelled through the hamlet on Wednesdays and Saturdays on its way to Boston Markets. Long distances were travelled by train, after walking or cycling the two miles to the station. Then in the mid-thirties we were afforded luxury twenty-nine seated coaches that replaced the carrier cart, and a lorry that transported passengers from Skeldyke to Boston on a Saturday night for a shilling (5p).
There was no electricity, therefore we had no televisions, central heating or computers. The radio was operated on a wet accumulator and dry battery, lighting was by paraffin lamps and candles. Neither was there any gas - cooking was done on open fire ranges, in our family it was a free standing coal fired stove and in the summer a two/three burner paraffin stove would be used.
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