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'All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small...' Not often are we able to stare into the past but this brilliant collection of sepia photographs and written accounts of life in the Cotswolds during the Victorian and Edwardian periods reflects the bright and beautiful lives of the ordinary inhabitant. With the majority of the inhabitants either industrial or agricultural workers, the personal accounts within this collection provide a powerful voice for people lost in history. From Dursley to Lechdale, labourers and their three horse teams to The Puesdown Inn, the collection celebrates the lives of children and workers with photographs portraying adults preparing for a cleaning party or in a brass band, and children pictured in prams and the schoolroom. Enter the picturesque inn in Miserden with a spreading walnut tree where it was famous for home brewed beer and sims, or admire a small piece of poetry that a sweep had over his door promising: 'And if your chimbley be on fire, He'll put it out, if you desire'. The many faces of the labourers are brought to life in these honest accounts and we are given an idyllic piece of the world that we would otherwise know little about. 24.9 x 17cm, paperback, 150 nostalgic sepia photos, 144pp.

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