H. J. Massingham (1888-1952) was renowned as a prolific writer on matters relating to the British countryside. In this volume, which was originally published in 1939, Massingham provides a rich and detailed description of traditional agricultural husbandry and the rural crafts inseparable from it. Written in consultation with various practitioners of these crafts, the text reveals a subtle interrelationship between man and nature based on centuries-old processes. Rather than taking a nostalgic approach to these processes, Massingham regards them as the sensible alternative to the 'scientific agriculture' of mechanised farming. Numerous illustrations are included alongside the descriptions of various crafts. This is a fascinating volume that will be of value to anyone with an interest in British agriculture, traditional crafts, and the history of land use.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; Part I. The Hermitage: 1. The hermitage; 2. The thatcher; 3. Thatching the hermitage; Part II. Stone-Work: 4. The kindest stone; 5. Quarrying roof stone; 6. Slatting the roof; 7. Regional stone roofs; 8. The quarryman; 9. Dry stone-walling; 10. Stone-breaking; Part III. Timber: 11. The hedger; 12. A bodger of the beech-woods; 13. The saw-pit; 14. Adze, Axe and Auger; Part IV. The Life of the Fields - I: 15. Threshing; 16. The waggon-team; 17. Ploughing; Part V. The Life of the Fields - II: 18. Sowing; 19. reaping; 20. The cow-yard; Part VI. Shepherding: 21. Shepherd's gear; 22. The shepherd's rise and fall; 23. Sheep-shearing; 24. The old shepherd; Part VII. The Craftswoman; Section 1. Lace: 25 The lace-maker; 26. Bobbins and pillow; 27. Making bucks point; Section 2. Gloves: 28. Gloveing; 29. The glover; Part VIII. Straw and Basket Work: 30. The dolly; 31. The deerhurst basket; 32. A basket-maker and his family; 33. Cultivating the rods; 34. Making the basket; Part IX. The Fireplace: 35. Home-made; 36. The kitchen; 37. Sixty years ago; 38. Kitchen things; Part X. Conclusion: 39. Rural regeneration; 40. 'Bygones'; Inventory of the objects in the hermitage mentioned in the text; Index.