Monthly Archives: September 2013

Historical Miscellany #31 – Capell Lofft – Georgian Literary Agent [1800]

Robert Bloomfield’s long poem The Farmer’s Boy was one of the most popular publications of the Romantic period – apparently selling around 100,000 copies in the first three decades of the nineteenth century. One contemporary observed, ‘I have been informed by persons who travel into every quarter of the country, that almost the only books […]

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Historical Miscellany #30 – Abbots Bromley and the Horn Dance

I grew up in a little village called Abbots Bromley in east Staffordshire. Every September the village hosts a peculiar custom, the Horn Dance, which involves a Maid Marion, a hobby horse, a child with a triangle and a cluster of men who parade around the parish with ancient stag horns on their head. The […]

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Orwell’s England – August (The end)

(Golden September skies in Staffordshire last week) The blackberries are out again, a year’s spun by and I’ve finished my Orwell’s England project. In the same way that I rounded up July’s efforts, I’m going to whizz through my August photographs here. Midges – Magravine Cemetery One of the four rules that I set myself […]

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