The Cotswolds: A Cultural History

Paperback | February 21, 2010

byJane Bingham

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With its gentle hills and timeless villages, the Cotswold countryside is a vision of natural beauty and rural calm, but it is also a region rich in history. In this new addition to the Landscapes of the Imagination series, Jane Bingham offers an intriguing portrait of the Cotswolds over thecenturies, ranging from ancient stone circles and ruined Roman villas to the Cotswolds today, a picturesque destination spot popular with country-weekenders, tourists, and celebrities. Readers will visit fine churches and manor houses that have survived from the Middle Ages, and tour a landscapestill bearing the scars of the Civil War. The home of kings and nobles since Saxon times, the region is famous for its elegant estates, such as Blenheim Palace - England's grandest stately home - while signs of the early industrial age can be seen in its mills and factories. Artists, musicians, andwriters were also drawn to this rural paradise, from William Shakespeare and William Morris to T.S. Eliot and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Bingham captures it all in her charming portrait of this glorious spot in the heart of southern England.

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With its gentle hills and timeless villages, the Cotswold countryside is a vision of natural beauty and rural calm, but it is also a region rich in history. In this new addition to the Landscapes of the Imagination series, Jane Bingham offers an intriguing portrait of the Cotswolds over thecenturies, ranging from ancient stone circles ...

Jane Bingham is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and has contributed articles to a range of publications including The Independent and This England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:February 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Country Made of Men's VisionsLooking at the LandThe History of the CotswoldsChanging Views: Commentators on the CotswoldsLiving Landscape or Heritage Park?Recent Views: Behind the Pretty PicturesThe Insiders' ViewImagination and ImagesResponses to the Landscape1. Ancient Echoes: From Prehistory to the Coming of the Anglo-SaxonsExploring Belas KnapTombs from the Stone AgeAt the Rollright StonesBronze-Age SurvivalsRemembering the RomansTracing the Ancient WaysAfter the RomansAnglo-Saxon Echoes2. Finding God in Gloucestershire: Saints, Churches and ClericsEarly Abbeys and the Boy Saint of WinchcombeSacred Sites and Saxon SculpturesNorman Churches and CarvingsStories on WallsWoolgothic WondersThe End of the AbbeysFame and Fraud at Hailes AbbeyVisitors at the Rectory: Jane Austen and John WesleyJohn Keble at EastleachNon-Conformism: A Different Way of WorshipSelsey Church: Pre-Raphaelite ShowcaseWhat Next?3. Living off the Land: Sheep, Crops and StoneWealth from WoolFields, Commons and WallsGood Times and Bad Times for FarmersExperiments and Communities: Charterville and WhitewayOld Mont of Enstone: A Life on the LandFarming Today: Super-stars and StrugglersThe Stone and the Magician: Quarries and QuarrymenUsing the Stone: Stonemasons and Dry-stone WallersBuilding Today: The Tradition Continues4. The Cotswolds at War: Battlefields, Memories and MemorialsThe Civil War Begins: The Battle of EdgehillFighting on the Edge: The Battle of LansdownA Region at WarDamage and ConfusionThe Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold: The End of the FightingImages of Cavaliers: Stow-on-the-Wold and SwinbrookThe Burford LevellersTwo World WarsBertie, May and Mrs. Fish in WartimeModern Times5. Posh Cotswolds: Royalty, Aristocracy and CelebritiesWoodstock Palace: Kings and Queens in the ForestMinster Lovell and a Dreadful DoomSudeley Castle and the TudorsBlenheim Palace: England's Grandest Stately HomeMarlboroughs, Vanderbilts and ChurchillsDyrham Park and The Remains of the DayChastleton and Stanway: Houses with MemoriesNew Owners for Old Homes6. Mills, Steam and Machinery: The Industrial AgeHard Labour at Castle Combe"A Truly Noble Manufacture"The Coming of the MachinesJohn Halifax, Gentleman: Perfect Progress at Dunkirk Mill?"They Say the Suffering is Very Great Indeed"Changing TradesBlankets and Bliss in OxfordshireCarving up the Landscape: Roads and CanalsGreat Railway Adventures: Isambard Kingdom BrunelTrain-Spotting in the Cotswolds: The Reverend Awdry7. "Heaven on Earth": William Morris at Kelmscott Manor and Broadway TowerWilliam and Janey"A Little House out of London"A Serpent in ParadiseThe "Old Grey House by the River"Later Years at KelmscottKelmscott TodayViews from Broadway Tower8. Seeking the Simple Life: Arts and Crafts at Sapperton and Chipping CampdenBack to the Land: In Search of a Rural AlternativeGimson and the Barnsleys: The Start of a DreamPinbury Park: A Workshop in the WoodsSettling in at SappertonErnest Gimson: Master DesignerAshbee's Vision: The Start of the Guild of HandicraftsCreating Camelot: The Guild at Chipping CampdenGood Years for the GuildThe End of the DreamChipping Campden Today9. Arty Crafty Cotswolds: The Next GenerationCampden CraftsFine Furniture in BroadwayPlain Pottery in WinchcombeWomen Designers in the Cotswolds"Arty Crafty" LifestylesDesigning Cotswold HomesOwlpen Manor: "Resuscitated Dream-Place"Arts and Crafts on Display: Two Museums and Rodmarton ManorCotswold Crafts Today10. A Cotswold Life: Laurie Lee in the Slad ValleyLees in the ValleyScenes from SladAfter RosieReturn to SladA Child in the ValleyThe Return of the Native?Slad Today11. Picturing the Scene: Writers, Artists and Musicians in the CotswoldsWilliam Shakespeare: "Wild Hills" and Justice Shallow's countryOn Bredon Hill with HousmanIvor Gurney: Poetry and Music at Cranham and CrickleyJames Elroy Flecker on Painswick HillHilaire Belloc: A Brief Voyage on the EvenlodeA Poet Laureate in Chipping CampdenA Supertramp in NailsworthT. S. Eliot at Burnt NortonU. A. Fanthorpe at Wotton-under-EdgeJohn Buchan's Adventures in Wychwood ForestJ. B. Priestley's Hitherton-on-the-WoleBarbara Pym in FinstockJilly (and Joanna) in RutshireArtists and Writers in BroadwayThe View from Far Oakridge: Rothenstein, Beerbohm and DrinkwaterStanley Spencer in Leonard StanleyMusic from the Cotswolds: Vaughan Williams and Holst12. Eccentric Cotswolds: Collectors, Dreamers and Dangerous GamesSnowshill Manor: A House of Curiosities"Curiouser and Curiouser"Sezincote House: A Mogul FantasyBatsford Arboretum: Inspiration from the EastMitfords in the CotswoldsA Very Unusual ChildhoodGames, Quarrels and Horror at SwinbrookSwinbrook TodayWoodchester Mansion: The House That Was Never a HomeToddington Manor: Damien Hirst's Treasure Cave13. Shaping the Landscape: Gardens and Gardeners in the CotswoldsCirencester Park: Alexander Pope's "Enchanted Forest"Eighteenth-Century Elegance: Rousham, Painswick and StanwayCapability Brown at BlenheimHumphry Repton (and Jane Austen) in the CotswoldsChastleton House: A Jacobean WonderlandOwlpen Manor: Gardens of ParadiseArts and Crafts Gardens in the CotswoldsMajor Lawrence Johnson at Hidcote ManorTwo Women's Visions: Kiftsgate Court and Barnsley HouseThe Gardener Prince at Highgrove14. The Cotswolds at Play: Sports, Games and Leisure PursuitsHunting CountryEquestrian SportsAncient RacesCricket on the WoldsThe Cotswold OlimpicksFestivals, Fairs and MerrymakingCheese Rolling, River Football and Other Strange PursuitsMorris Dancers (And Some Strong Reactions)Leisure and PleasureThe Heart of England: Rambling and RamblersFurther ReadingIndex of Literary and Historical NamesIndex of Places and Landmarks