General introduction; Part I. A Home-Made Civilisation: 1. Introduction; 2. Vestiges George Bourne; 3. The peasant system George Bourne; 4. The 'Estatesmen' William Wordsworth and Harriet Martineau; 5. Peasant survivors Flora Thompson; 6. Cottages William Wordsworth; 7. English tradition and idiom Adrian Bell; 7a. Words Edward Thomas; 8. Aspects; 8a. The peasant life, tradition, 'good old days'? George Sturt; 8b. Attitudes, speech Cecil Torr; 8c. Folk tales George Bourne; 9. Living evidence Cecil Sharp; 10. The impact of enclosures; 10a. Sixteenth century Thomas More; 10b. Eighteenth century John Byng; 10c. Nineteenth century Walter Rose, George Bourne; Part II. Masters and Men: The Farming Life: 11. Introduction; 12. The farm labourer William Cobbett; 13. Childhood; 13a. In Scotland, 1820 Alexander Somerville; 13b. In the Fens, 1850-1860 Mrs Burrows; 13c. In Warwickshire, 1835-1840 Joseph Arch; 14. The farm as it was; 14a. The carter and the stable, bullock-teams, waggons and carts, sowing, harvesting in the old style, gleaning, stacking and rick-making Thomas Hennell; 15. The great barn and the sheep-shearers Thomas Hardy; 16. Summer Richard Jefferies; 17. Harvesting Richard Jefferies; 18. Unemployed Richard Jefferies; 19. Work and play M. K. Ashby; 20. Cottagers and their homes Flora Thompson; 21. Men afield Flora Thompson; 22. The vale of the Wylye W. H. Hudson; 23. The unconscious art H. J. Massingham; 24. The labourer Adrian Bell; Part III. Living at Work: Crafts and Skills: 25. Introduction; 26. The wheelwrights' way of life; 26a. Buying, kindly feeling, waggons, 'jobbing', prices George Sturt; 27. Response to need: the carpenter's work: 27a. The shop, work on the farm Walter Rose; 28. A shepherd on the downs W. H. Hudson; 29. Three characters W. H. Hudson; 30. John Brown Richard Jefferies; Part IV. The Future: 31. Leisure George Bourne; 32. A form of insanity George Sturt; 33. The need for guidance George Sturt; 34. Civilisation astray George Sturt; Conclusion; Notes; Sources; Related reading; Index.
This 1980 anthology contains of some of the finest and most significant writing on English country life.