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Clock Jacks and Bee Boles: A Dictionary of Country Sights Courtne

Clock Jacks and Bee Boles: A Dictionary of Country Sights - Courtney Dainton

Phoenix House, 1957, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with fading to the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [12];

From the cover: “During cycling and walking tours in the country Courtney Dainton often found his curiosity aroused by man-made objects in daily use in earlier centuries, country bygones, so to speak. He tried to find out more about them, and was struck by the lack of information in any convenient form. He therefore collected his discoveries from many sources into this handy book, arranging them in alphabetical order, illustrating some of them with his own photographs, making, in fact, a countryside companion.

Many and often surprising objects have survived in public places; things like branks and blow wells, candle holes and tumble gates, pitch-pipes and vamping horns, not to mention clock jacks and bee boles. Mostly they are clues to the manners and customs of the past; sometimes they are the strange forerunners of devices we know today, or have their uses still. Some — stiles, for instance — may be so commonplace that we have never given them a second thought, and so are unaware of their antiquity, their ‘origins, and their variations.

Here, then, is a book to kindle curiosity and to add real interest to expeditions.”


Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 128 pages.
£7.50
Clock Jacks and Bee Boles: A Dictionary of Country Sights Courtne