Ground Force

Posted on by David Gelber

There were times, reading James Canton’s companionable Ancient Wonderings, when I was reminded of the television programme The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s banter-filled restaurant tour. Here, for instance, are Canton and his pal Paul walking the ancient Peddars Way from Norfolk to Suffolk: The path had forced us to walk Indian file. ‘These […]

Farm & Fortune

Posted on by David Gelber

In the slow, quiet revolution that swept the countryside after 1945, farmers and farm workers, who had always formed the dominant social group, became a threatened, scarcely visible minority. That revolution saw the numbers working on the land plummet by 90 per cent. Villages that had existed to service agriculture were annexed by middle-class incomers, […]

Happy Hunting

Posted on by David Gelber

Our search for the hidden springs of Englishness begins in 1290 with the slaying of the last wolf in England by Sir Peter Corbet. As the story goes, this made the country safe enough to become a vast sheep farm and that, in turn, produced the wool that produced the wealth that produced the revenues […]

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