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  • ISBN: 9781513635132

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    The Idyll in the Middyl





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    Aspects of history through the eyes of a small village.
    The little settlement of Stifford has existed here in the county of Essex, England for at least 1,000 years.

    What is left of the heart of the old English village of North Stifford still survives today, against all the odds, on the edge of an urban landscape.

    READ ABOUT centuries of village history entwined with the history of old England - PLUS over 200 pictures.

    More about The Idyll in the Middyl

    This lovely souvenir book of North Stifford Village comprises 112 large pages printed in full colour with over 200 pictures. It tells the story of this little English village through the ages and how some of the notable historical events of old England would have affected day-to-day life in the village.

    If you love old buildings and thatched cottages and tales of the past, you will love 'The Idyll in the Middyl.'

    This is a story book, a picture book, a history book and a local history book - and we even throw in a few poems by The Local Yokel.

    Read about thatched cottages, old buildings and manor houses, past and present, St. Mary's church, and the surrounding countryside of Davy Down, the Mardyke River Valley and The Field of Peace.

    Read about witches, the village ghost, stagecoaches, pilgrims, the stocks, war time, Ardale Approved School, and the village's connection to The Reformation and The Domesday Book.

    Then there is wife selling, climbing boys, dong farmers, The Broderers, the chalk pits, early local enterprise, and much, much more about life in a bygone age.

    This historical treasury tells the story of the heart of an old English village as it has survived against all the odds in the middle of Thurrock's ever expanding urban landscape, and also gives a fascinating snapshot of this little village into the 21st century.

    Also featured: Stifford Lodge (now the Stifford Hall Hotel), Coppid Hall, The Stepney Children's Home, Ford Place, The Dog and Partridge pub (formerly 'Lovelands' and then 'The Clockhouse'), Belhus Cricket Club, The Whitmores, and how wig powder was taxed to buy gunpowder.

    Cliff and Jan Cowin, the authors, designers and publishers of 'The Idyll in the Middyl' have lived in the little village of North Stifford since 1984. They have spent three years researching and writing this book in their spare time. They hope that this 21st century book about North Stifford will help to secure the future of the village and protect it from further development by explaining how important it is to preserve the few precious remaining treasures of the past that still remain, hanging on by their teeth, in the middle of this industrialised and highly populated area of southeast England.

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    Jan Cowin, Cliff Cowin

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