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ISBN
9781850749875
Author
Mary Mills
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
May 2007
Format
Paperback
Extent
176 pages, 150 b&w illustrations
Dimensions
210 x 210 mm
Series
Illustrated History

The working day for the majority of us in 21st century England usually involves long hours spent in front of a computer screen, or working in service industries. The photographs in this book evoke a time when work for the majority of people in this country meant long hours of hard manual labour, toiling in factories, or working the land.

The images are of men breaking stones by hand in a quarry; women working in cotton mills; children packing tea. Industries which have all but disappeared from these shores ‑ mining, shipbuilding and fishing are depicted. Many of the photographs show rural life before the impact of mechanisation when ploughs were pulled by horses and the harvest was gathered by hand. There are also glimpses of trades and crafts now almost lost to us ‑ coppicing, thatching and the art of the blacksmith.

The book may make us feel lucky that we no longer have to toil in field and factory. It may also make us proud of the workers who literally built this nation 


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ISBN
9781850749868
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Publication Date
July 2007
Format
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Extent
116 pages, 100 b&w illustrations
Dimensions
210 x 210 mm
Series
Illustrated History

The wonderfully evocative and poignant photographs in this book show our forebears at their leisure. The introduction of shorter working hours and bank holidays in the late Victorian era meant that for the first time many working people had time on their hands, away from the grind of daily life. In 1938 the Holidays with Pay act created the first statutory right to paid holidays and led to the growth of what we now know as the leisure industries. This book shows how people, often in their thousands and tens of thousands, made the most of their new found freedom.

The early years of the Twentieth Century also saw the rise in the two mass entertainment industries which would go on to dominate English recreation for the next 100 years ‑ cinema and football. The unique archive images from the Odeon Cinema Collection, shows how the new technology of cinema was quickly embraced by the masses. It also shows the immense crowds that football was already attracting ‑ encapsulated by a sea of flat capped men 'sardined' together on the terraces of a football ground .

At the other end of the social spectrum we see the River Thames at Henley packed with boats for the Regatta, and hunters chasing down a fox. Most of all we see a nation beginning to break free from the shackles of industrialisation and the horrors of two world wars, beginning enjoy itself. 


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