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A Walk from London to John O'Groat's   By: (1810-1879)

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This eBook was produced by Les Bowler, St. Ives, Dorset.


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CHAPTER I. Motives to the Walk The Iron Horse and his Rider The Losses and Gains by Speed The Railway Track and Turnpike Road: Their Sceneries Compared.

CHAPTER II. First Day's Observations and Enjoyment Rural Foot paths; Visit to Tiptree Farm Alderman Mechi's Operations Improvements Introduced, Decried and Adopted Steam Power, Under draining, Deep Tillage, Irrigation Practical Results.

CHAPTER III. English and American Birds The Lark and its Song.

CHAPTER IV. Talk with an Old Man on the Way Old Houses in England Their American Relationships English Hedges and Hedge row Trees Their Probable Fate Change of Rural Scenery without them.

CHAPTER V. A Footpath Walk and its Incidents Harvest Aspects English and American Skies Humbler Objects of Contemplation The Donkey: Its Uses and Abuses.

CHAPTER VI. Hospitalities of "Friends" Harvest Aspects: English Country Inns; their Appearance, Names and Distinctive Characteristics The Landlady, Waiter, Chambermaid and Boots Extra Fees and Extra Comforts.

CHAPTER VII. Light of Human Lives Photographs and Biographs The late Jonas Webb, his Life, Labors and Memory.

CHAPTER VIII. Threshing Machine Flower Show The Hollyhock and its Suggestions The Law of Co operative Activities in Vegetable, Animal, Mental and Moral Life.

CHAPTER IX. Visit to a Three Thousand Acre Farm Samuel Jonas; His Agricultural Operations, their Extent, Success and General Economy.

CHAPTER X. Royston and its Specialities Entertainment in a Small Village St. Ives Visits to Adjoining Villages A Fen Farm Capital Invested in English and American Agriculture Compared Allotments and Garden Tenantry Barley Grown on Oats.

CHAPTER XI. The Miller of Houghton An Hour in Huntingdon Old Houses Whitewashed Tapestry and Works of Art "The Old Mermaid" and "The Green Man" Talk with Agricultural Laborers Thoughts on their Condition, Prospects and Possibilities.

CHAPTER XII. Farm Game Hallett Wheat Oundle Country Bridges Fotheringay Castle Queen Mary's Imprisonment and Execution Burghley House: The Park, Avenues, Elms and Oaks Thoughts on Trees, English and American.

CHAPTER XIII. Walk to Oakham The English and American Spring The English Gentry A Specimen of the Class Melton Mowbray and its Specialities Belvoir Vale and its Beauty Thoughts on the Blind Painter.

CHAPTER XIV. Nottingham and its Characteristics Newstead Abbey Mansfield Talk in a Blacksmith's Shop Chesterfield, Chatsworth and Haddon Hall Aristocratic Civilisation, Present and Past.

CHAPTER XV. Sheffield and its Individuality The Country, Above Ground and Under Ground Wakefield and Leeds Wharf Vale Farnley Hall Harrogate; Ripley Castle; Ripon; Conservatism of Country Towns Fountain Abbey; Studley Park Rievaulx Abbey Lord Faversham's Shorthorn Stock.

CHAPTER XVI. Hexham The North Tyne Border Land and its Suggestions Hawick Teviotdale Birth place of Leyden Melrose and Dryburgh Abbeys Abbotsford: Sir Walter Scott; Homage to his Genius The Ferry and the Oar Girl New Farm Steddings Scenery of the Tweed Valley Edinburgh and its Characteristics.

CHAPTER XVII. Loch Leven Its Island Castle Straths Perth Salmon breeding Thoughts on Fish farming Dunkeld Blair Atholl Ducal Tree planter Strathspey and its Scenery The Roads Scotch Cattle and Sheep Night in a Wayside Cottage Arrival at Inverness.

CHAPTER XVIII. Inverness Ross shire Tain Dornoch Golspie Progress of Railroads The Sutherland Eviction Sea coast Scenery Caithness Wick Herring Fisheries John O'Groat's: Walk's End.

CHAPTER XIX. Anthony Cruickshank The Greatest Herd of Shorthorns in the World Return to London and Termination of my Tour... Continue reading book >>

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