Joseph Ashby’s Victorian Warwickshire
Edited by Anne Langley
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Joseph Ashby of Tysoe, the agricultural trade unionist, travelled around Warwickshire in the 1890s observing ‘the real life lived by the labouring poor in the villages of Warwickshire’.
He published a delightful series of articles in the Warwick Advertiser; this book contains extracts from his articles illustrated by old photographs. The burning issue of the day included hunting, gipsies and affordable housing and reveals the secrets hidden behind the cottage doors of Victorian England.
It features 32 villages from Bishops Itchington to Wormleighton and aptly describes how the lime and cement industry around Southam directly influenced some of those villages.