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local_library Afoot In England
Afoot in England recounts William Hudson's travels from Surrey to Cornwall.
W H Hudson   1900   309
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Afoot In England

Afoot in England recounts Hudson's wanderings from village to village across the south of England, from Surrey to Devon and Cornwall, and along the East Anglian coast. It speaks as powerfully today of the simple pleasures of the English countryside as when it was first published in 1909.

About half the matter contained in this volume has appeared in various papers and periodicals—The Saturday Review, The Speaker, The Morning Post. One article in the English Review. One in Longman's Magazine. The chapter entitled “ Rural Rides ” is based on a Saturday Review paper, which was afterwards included in a volume edited by Mr. Harold Hodge, entitled Recreations and Reflections. I have to thank the editors for permission to make use of this material.

local_library An Old Woman's Outlook In A Hampshire Village
A book of essays describing twelve months in Otterbourne, Hampshire in 1890.
Charlotte M Yonge   1892   345
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An Old Woman's Outlook In A Hampshire Village

An Old Woman's Outlook is a book of essays, one for each month of the year, on different aspects of life in Otterbourne in 1890, including the neighbouring parish of Hursley.

Sample: May Day 1890. Once boys in Devonshire were licensed to drench with water from cows' horns whoever did not wear a spray of maythorn. I can just remember a lady coming in, indignant and dripping. In Hampshire, however, it has often dwindled to small children wandering about with an untidy bunch of king-cups and cuckoo flowers at the end of a stick, quavering shrilly out "April's gone, May's come, Come and see our garland"

local_library Autumn Leaves
Autumn days in the New Forest. With colour plates and detailed engravings
Francis George Heath   1885   391
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Autumn Leaves

Autumn in The New Forest. The book aims to convey the pleasure found in wandering autumn hedges in all of their colour and form, with a spectacular index that lets you know where to find mentions ‘Stillness, Charm of’, ‘Gold of encrusting Lichen’, ‘Peaches, Tempting’ and our personal favourite, ‘The dying splendour of the sun.’

Francis George Heath (1843-1913) is the author of Tree Lore, Our Woodland Trees, Autumnal Leaves, Peasant Life and Fairy Plants. Heath was an enthusiastic lover of nature, and interested a large number of people in trees, plants and shrubbery through their poetic language and descriptions of the natural world. [Described here by 'The Nature Library']

local_library Beauties Of England And Wales, Vol 6, Hampshire
Historical topography. Vol 6 includes Hampshire
Edward Wedlake Brayley   1805   628
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Beauties Of England And Wales, Vol 6, Hampshire

From the text: A very considerable proportion of Hampshire is occupied by the Forest of Alice Holt and Woolmer, the Forest of Bere, and the New Forest.

The New Forest is particularly celebrated in history. Its present appellation has an evident reference to the alteration made in its extent by the Conqueror, but a more ancient name of this district was Itene, or Y Thene: it was also called Natanleod, from the British chieftain, who was here conquered by Cerdic, the founder of the West Saxon Monarchy.

The Mineral productions of Hampshire are but few, and those mostly confined to the cliffs on the sea coast, particularly in the neighbourhood of Lymington, Hordwell, and Christchurch.

local_library Bird Collector's Medley
Bird collecting as it was perceived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
E C Arnold   1907   230
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Bird Collector's Medley

Quoted by the author: This book is dedicated to my brothers and to to those who have been shore-shooting with me in Norfolik and elsewhere, and whose names in some cases appear in the text.

It is intended mainly for the edification of amateur collectors and shore-shooters.

Time was when the possession of a good collection of stuffed birds tended to distinguish a man as a Naturalist; today he is more likely to find himself regarded as a cold-blooded and heartless butcher......

NFG Note This book contains outdated attitudes towards wildlife.

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