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The Most Beautiful Villages of England (The Most Beautiful . . .)

James Bentley


A spectacularly beautiful celebration of England’s most charming villages, from the honey-coloured cottages of the Cotswolds to the limestone hamlets of Yorkshire and Hampshire’s splendid thatched houses

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Villages are the very embodiment of Englishness. The village inn and the local farm, great houses, humble cottages and beautiful country gardens speak of a way of life that has developed peacefully since Anglo-Saxon times. A few days spent in England’s idyllic villages offers urban dwellers and foreign visitors a revitalizing glimpse of a more tranquil existence, full of history, legend, literature and artistic heritage.

The richness and diversity of the English village is recorded here in absorbing texts by James Bentley and magnificent photography by Hugh Palmer. Grouped by area – northern, midland, eastern, southern and western – and sub-divided by county, this is a seductive celebration of our most beautiful villages.

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'Captures the essence of village life in 30 more communities'
Mail on Sunday

'Fantastic pictures by Hugh Palmer and insightful text about the history of each location by James Bentley'
Outdoor Photography

'This eye-catching book takes the reader on a glorious nationwide tour, from Mevagissey in the far south-west right up to Bamburgh in the north-east'
Western Daily Press

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 31.0 x 24.9 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Illustrations: 285

Publication date: 6 July 2009

ISBN: 9780500288382

Contents List

Introduction • The Northern Counties Bamburgh • Chipping • Gainford Hawkshead • Heptonstall • Linton-in-Craven • Prestbury The Midland Counties Abbots Bromley • Acton Burnell • Chaddesley Corbett • Cottesbrooke Dorchester • Edensor • Hallaton • Southwell • Welford-on-Avon • Weobley • The Eastern Counties Castle Bytham • Dedham • Hemingford Grey • Heydon Lavenham The Southern Counties Aldbury • Amberley • Elham • Elstow Eton • Nether Winchendon • Ockley • Wherwell The Western Counties Cerne Abbas • Clovelly • Dunster • Lacock • Lower and Upper Slaughter • Mevagissey

About the Author

James Bentley was a distinguished travel writer who specialized in Italy and France. He is the author of the volumes on Burgundy, Brittany, The Dordogne and England in The Most Beautiful Villages series.

List of Contributors

Hugh Palmer