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THE

ENGLISH PEASANT



STUDIES: HISTORICAL, LOCAL, AND

BIOGRAPHIC



BY

RICHARD HEATH



London

T. FISHER UNWIN

PATERNOSTER SQUARE

1893



CONTENTS.

PAGE
PREFACE v
THE ENGLISH VIA DOLOROSA; or, Glimpses of the History of the Agricultural Labourer 1
THE COTTAGE HOMES OF ENGLAND 57
WALKS AND TALKS WITH ENGLISH PEASANTS—
I. A YORKSHIRE DALE 91
II. A VILLAGE FAIR IN SUFFOLK 103
III. FEN-LAND AND FEN-MEN 109
IV. PEASANT LIFE IN DORSET 121
V. PEASANT LIFE IN THE NEW FOREST 133
VI. SURREY COMMONS 143
VII. THE KENTISH WAGGONER 154
VIII. SUSSEX SHEPHERDS 163
IX. A SOUTHDOWN VILLAGE 172
X. SUSSEX COMMONS AND SUSSEX SONGS 181
XI. WEALDEN LIFE AND CHARACTER 189
XII. NORTHUMBRIAN HINDS AND CHEVIOT SHEPHERDS 207
XIII. IN OXFORDSHIRE 221
XIV. IN SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE 230
TYPES OF ENGLISH AGRICULTURAL LIFE—
I. WILLIAM COBBETT 245
II. JOHN CLARE 292
III. WILLIAM HUNTINGTON 320
THE POOR MAN'S GOSPEL 361


This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.