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From: "Salaam Blackmore" <>
Subject: Re: Agricultural terms
Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 09:57:26 +0100
Kevin and the List - Please accept my apologies for this duplication! My
first message was so eager to be on its way that it escaped before I had
So the full version is .....
Two excellent books that refer to and describe agricultural practice and
implements are "The Land of England" by Dorothy Hartley and "Woodland
Crafts" by Herbert L.Edlin.
Both of these books have been extremely helpful to me and they are amongst
the few readily accessible works that have helped me to understand the way
our rural ancestors lived.
Edlin's book deals more with the making of tools and implements in the
Victorian and Edwardian period, so it is replete with very interesting
Dorothy Hartley - in her essential and more reflective work - deals with
the whole period from
mediaeval times to the present day. There are also useful line drawings to
illustrate the different pieces of equipment.
I am tempted to say that both these works are almost essential. They do not
deal with genealogy or family history, but what they do provide is rare
insight into the way our ancestors thought and lived.