The local newspaper of 1900 covered the weekly happenings of men, farming, and weather, but what of the Secret Things that were not reported in the papers that first year of the new century? Fred Archer resurrects the way of life of the village folk: how they lived in the cottages tucked away in every coomb under the hill, an outcrop of the Cotswolds that lies between them and the Malverns like a stranded whale, where the beech trees thrive on the limestone, overlooking the snaking Avon river.
Here is the true smell of the hayloft and the farmyard, a documented account, month by month, of the year 1900 in a Cotswold village.
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narrated by Brian Howell in the local dialect, it depicts life in the shadows of bredon hill particularly the village of Ashton under hill in the turn of the century gives a real insight into what life must of been like in the rural communities who relied on the land for their living and the characters that lived at that time, it takes you back in time. a must for those interested I social history or even in the local area, made me smile nearly all the way through. nostalgic and amusing well written , this is the first Fred archer book I've listened to and will be ordering his others
- Mrs. J. Farrell