This important book was first published in 1973. Edith Brill captured much of what was quickly disappearing, and now, 35 years later, all that she witnessed in its last vestiges of existence has gone.
Author: Edith Brill
A comprehensive and evocative description of life and tradition in the Cotswolds up to the mid twentieth century.
... with engravings by Storer , J . and H . S . , Delineations of Gloucestershire :
being Views of the Principal Seats of the Nobility and Gentry . Sherwood , Gilbert
and Piper , London , 1825 – 27 . Brill , Edith , Life and Tradition in the Cotswolds
Author: Charles Nicholas Mander
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Originally published as: Country houses of the Cotswolds. London: Aurum, 2008.
of city life and a shared distaste for the commercial aspects of their profession,
but at first they could see no obvious way to make their escape from London. Like
their mentor William Morris, Gimson and Barnsley were attracted to traditional ...
Author: Jane Bingham
Publisher: Oxford University Press
"With its gentle hills and timeless villages, the Cotswold countryside is a vision of rural calm, but the region's history reveals a darker picture. Over the centuries, people in the Cotswolds have known prosperity, but they have also experienced war, poverty, and despair. Lying between the provinces and the capital, the region has been home to kings and aristocrats, and has played a dramatic role in the story of Britain. Everywhere in the Cotswolds are reminders of the past: prehistoric monuments, ruined Roman villas, and Tudor mansions. Wealthy medieval wool merchants paid for fine churches and manor houses. Later, the landscape was scarred by the English Civil War, while evidence of an industrial past can be seen in the mills and factories of the south-west. After the wool trade reached its peak in the fifteenth century, the fortunes of the Cotswolds suffered a slow decline. By the 1890s poverty was widespread and villages were sinking into picturesque decay. It was around this time that William Morris and his followers discovered the area and established thriving centers for Arts and Crafts. In the following century writers and artists moved to the Cotswolds and tourism gathered pace. Today, the region continues to attract visitors, as well as country-weekenders and celebrities. Observing such changes, and describing the landscape, has been a lively company of writers, artists, and musicians. Some belong to a particular place, while others have viewed the region as outsiders. In their writings, art, and music, they have all celebrated the distinctive character of the Cotswolds"--Provided by publisher.
C. R. Ashbee in the Cotswolds Fiona MacCarthy. dance. Rural traditions
fascinated Ashbee, and Campden itself, he soon discovered, was a gold-mine. In
this relatively remote part of the countryside, many of the old traditions still
Author: Fiona MacCarthy
Publisher: Faber & Faber
The Simple Life (1981) was Fiona MacCarthy's first book, written while she was the Guardian's design correspondent (and before her acclaimed lives of Eric Gill, William Morris, and Edward Burne-Jones.) It tells of a venturesome effort to enact an Edwardian Utopia in a small town in the Cotswolds. The leader of this endeavour was progressive-minded architect Charles Robert Ashbee, who in 1888 founded the Guild of Handicraft in Whitechapel, specialising in metalworking, jewellery and furniture and informed by the desire to improve society. In 1902 Ashbee and his East London comrades removed the Guild to Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, hoping to construct a socialistic rural idyll. MacCarthy explores the impact of the experiment on the lives of the group and on the little town they occupied - tracing the Guild's fortunes and misfortunes, hilarious and grave, and the many fellow idealists and artists who were involved (among them William Morris, Roger Fry, and Sidney and Beatrice Webb.)
This was the first study to focus entirely on the Arts and Crafts architecture within the region, and to examine its impact on the Cotswold landscape, on the survival of the local building traditions and attitudes to heritage and ...
Author: Catherine Gordon
Publisher: The History Press
Between 1890 and 1930, Arts and Crafts architecture proliferated within the Cotswolds. The range and quality of the buildings was exceptional, as the region provided the perfect environment for the Movement’s ideals and principles to flourish. Arts and Crafts architects relished the robust vernacular precedent that served to focus their ideas and stimulate their creativity. Its rational basis and dependence on craft skills had lasting relevance, and it was no coincidence that the most infl uential aspect of their work was its emphasis on conservation. The achievements of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswold region has attracted much interest in recent decades, the appeal of the simple life and traditional values having as much allure now as they did a century ago. This was the first study to focus entirely on the Arts and Crafts architecture within the region, and to examine its impact on the Cotswold landscape, on the survival of the local building traditions and attitudes to heritage and conservation. This new and updated paperback edition provides a guide to the general characteristics of Cotswold Arts and Crafts structures, with chapters on the various types of new commissions to be found, as well as repair and remodeling projects. The final chapter discusses the late flowering of Arts and Crafts work that occurred during the interwar period and beyond, and the legacy of this important body of work at a local and national level.
Author: Roy Palmer
The Folklore of Gloucestershire