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Vanishing England

Vanishing England by Peter H. Ditchfield
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VANISHING ENGLAND
by P. H. DITCHFIELD
INTRODUCTION
This book is intended not to raise fears but to record facts. We wish to describe with pen and pencil those features of England which are gradually disappearing, and to preserve the memory of them. It may be said that we have begun our quest too late; that so much has already vanished that it is hardly worth while to record what is left. Although much has gone, there is still, however, much remaining that is good, that reveals the artistic skill and taste of our forefathers, and recalls the wonders of old-time. It will be our endeavour to tell of the old country houses that Time has spared, the cottages that grace the village green, the stern grey walls that still guard some few of our towns, the old moot halls and public buildings. We shall see the old-time farmers and rustics gathering together at fair and market, their games and sports and merry-makings.

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VANISHING ENGLAND

The Book

by

P. H. DITCHFIELD M.A., F.S.A., F.H.S.L., F.R.HIST.S.

The Illustrations by FRED ROE, R.I.

Methuen & Co. Ltd. 36 Essex Street W.C. London

1910

[Illustration: The George Inn, Norton St. Philip, Somerset]

[Illustration: Canopy over Doorway of Buckingham House, Portsmouth]

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ENGLAND

III. OLD WALLED TOWNS

IV. IN STREETS AND LANES

V. OLD CASTLES

VI. VANISHING OR VANISHED CHURCHES

VII. OLD MANSIONS

VIII. THE DESTRUCTION OF PREHISTORIC REMAINS

IX. CATHEDRAL CITIES AND ABBEY TOWNS

X. OLD INNS

XI. OLD MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS

XII. OLD CROSSES

XIII. STOCKS AND WHIPPING POSTS

XIV. OLD BRIDGES

XV. OLD HOSPITALS AND ALMSHOUSES

XVI. VANISHING FAIRS

XVII. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF OLD DOCUMENTS

XVIII. OLD CUSTOMS THAT ARE VANISHING

XIX. THE VANISHING OF ENGLISH SCENERY

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