Hidden treasures — 9 Comments

  1. Grannymar,

    I don’t know – I have never found life as easy as it is now, but I live in prosperous south Co Dublin and am not trying to cope in an English village lacking essential services. However, what I do know is that the England of jam and Jerusalem (maybe that’s exclusive) is still alive and well in many places and that there is a vibrancy in the life of many villages.

    Perhaps it’s all a matter of perception, (I think London is a clean and beautiful city – Londoners moan about it).

  2. The man on the right bears something of a resemblence to the uncle you were probably talking to about club day. Strange – or perhaps it’s an ancestor.

  3. Sorry, didn’t read caption properly. It is that uncle. I thought it read 1893 and then took a closer look and saw cars so read more carefully.

  4. This is the England I visited 12 years ago. I deliberately avoided the cities apart from 4 days in London which was a blast but basically another huge city. I love the thatched villages of the south and the bluestone cottages of Lancashire and Yorkshire and the corner shops, they all have the same smell! Oh, and I remember Morris dancer’s at my Grandad’s pub every Sunday and picnics with Scotch Eggs . .It’s a shame more tourists don’t frequent the ‘real’ England.

  5. Living in East Devon we still have some of the old village life left although it is sadly dying out as the older generation pass on. If you are ever in Sidmouth in early August check out the folk festival there is usually Morris Dancing on the sea front.

  6. Ian did you come across a guy called Rupert Cox in Long Sutton? I used to go to school with him and I think he was a member of the friendly society.

  7. Do I detect a hankering to go back to that part of the world? I don’t blame you – it does sound very much like a hidden treasure.

    My other half was a Morris dancer in his school days and danced his way into many village pubs around the Malvern hills.

    Whenever I return from a stay in rural England, I am taken aback by Ireland’s tacky infrastructure. It’s a reminder of the poverty that once existed here before the celtic tiger came to visit.

  8. Les,

    Rupert Cox was one of the narrators of the 1993 pageant which is recorded in “The Story of Long Sutton, 1493-1993”


    I don’t think it’s a hankering back, more a sense of frustration that people don’t cherish their own traditions and that those traditions are not more valued by the Establishment politically correct. The BNP gained one of the 25 seats in the London assembly elections – the best way to beat the Fascists is to show that the fears upon which they prey are unfounded – that England is a place with its own vibrancy

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