- Title: The Village News
- Author: Tom Fort
- ISBN: 9781471151095
- Page: 280
- Format: Hardcover
We have lived in villages a long time The village was the first model for communal living Towns came much later, then cities Later still came suburbs, neighbourhoods, townships, communes, kibbutzes But the village has endured Across England, modernity creeps up to the boundaries of many, breaking the connection the village has with the land With others, they can be aWe have lived in villages a long time The village was the first model for communal living Towns came much later, then cities Later still came suburbs, neighbourhoods, townships, communes, kibbutzes But the village has endured Across England, modernity creeps up to the boundaries of many, breaking the connection the village has with the land With others, they can be as quiet as the graveyard as their housing is bought up by city weekenders , or commuters The ideal chocolate box image many holidaying to our Sceptred Isle have in their minds eye may be true in some cases, but across the country the heartbeat of the real English village is still beating strongly if you can find it To this mission our intrepid historian and travel writer Tom Fort willingly gets on his trusty bicycle and covers the length and breadth of England to discover the essence of village life His journeys will travel over six thousand years of communal existence for the peoples that eventually became the English Littered between the historical analysis, will be personal memories from Tom of the village life he remembers and enjoys today in rural Oxfordshire.
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enjoyed this journey around different villages around the country to see what the heartbeat was like either strong or in decline, a mixture of social history , geography , literature interlinked to create an interesting book.
The English countryside has many quintessential images, the patchwork of fields, lanes with high hedges and sleepy villages nestled in between hills and dales. The village or hamlet has been a place of habitation for many hundreds of years in this country, a place that was deeply rooted in the locality, made from the materials that surrounded it and with a strong connection to the landscape. Some outgrew their original layout into towns and a few into cities, but the vast majority have remained [...]
I enjoyed this ramble (or rather, cycle) through various English (no Scottish or Welsh) villages. Themes emerge: the mummification of some villages because of planning regulations, the inability of villages to retain young people because of inordinately high house prices and the general resilience of the village through its ability to adapt to changing demographic patterns or not.Mr Fort also has some solutions which he offers in the final chapter, somewhat tongue in cheek, but I could not but [...]
Really interesting especially when the village was one I knew. A book to dip in an out of.
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