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.
'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'
'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