Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary (Google eBook)

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Field & Tuer, 1888 - England - 336 pages
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Written in 1698 and apparently never edited, this takes a bit of getting used to but there is the occasional flash of wit, or snobbery, that makes it worth trying. My full review: http://www.noseinabook.co.uk/?p=1877 Read full review

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Page 159 - I passed on the side much about the Middle, for Looking down to the bottom it was at Least a Mile all full of those Lesser hills and jnclosures, so Looking upward I was as farre from the top which was all Rocks, and something more barren tho...
Page 13 - The Ladyes goes into the bath with Garments made of a fine yellow canvas, which is stiff and made large with great sleeves like a...
Page 199 - ... the whole town and country is employ'd for at least 20 mile round in spinning, weaveing, dressing, and scouring, fulling and drying of the serges, it turns the most money in a weeke of anything in England...
Page ix - Now thus much without vanity may be asserted of the subject, that if all persons, both ladies, much more gentlemen, would spend some of their time in journeys to visit their native land, and be curious to inform themselves and make observations of the pleasant prospects, good buildings, different produces and manufactures of each place, with the variety of sports and recreations they are adapt to, would be a sovereign remedy to cure or preserve from these epidemic diseases of vapours, should I add...
Page 209 - I had some two or three miles of exceeding good way on the downs, artd then I came to ye steep precipices great Rocky hills.. . .Here indeed I met with more inclosed Ground and soe had more Lanes and a deeper Clay Road which by the raine ye night before had made it very dirty and full of water in many places, in the road there are many holes and sloughs where Ever there is Clay Ground, and when by raines they are filled with water its difficult to shun danger;.
Page 180 - Leeds is a large town, severall large streetes cleane and well pitch'd and good houses all built of stone, some have good gardens and steps up to their houses and walls before them; this is esteemed the wealthyest town of its bigness in the Country, its manufacture is the woollen cloth the Yorkshire Cloth in which they are all employ'd and are esteemed very rich and very proud; they have provision soe...
Page 156 - July; there is not much woods but only the hedge rows round the grounds which looks very fine; in these Northern Countyes they have only the summer graine as barley oates peas beans and lentils noe wheate or rhye, for they are so cold and late in their yeare they cannot venture at that sort of tillage...
Page 181 - ... much variety; here if one calls for a tankard of ale which is allwayes a groate - its the only dear thing all over Yorkshire, their ale is very strong - but for paying this groat for your ale you may have a slice of meate either hott or cold according to the tyme of day you call, or else butter and cheese gratis into the bargaine, this was a general! custom in most parts of Yorkshire but now they have almost changed it, and tho...
Page 286 - They ran a round in twenty-five minutes. I saw them run the first three rounds and half another in an hour and seventeen minutes, and they finished it in two hours and a half. The Englishman gained the start the second round, and kept it at the same distance the five rounds, and then the Scotchman came up to him and got before him to the post.
Page 159 - I was as farre from the top which was all rocks and something more barren tho' there was some trees and woods growing in the rocks and hanging over all down the brow of some of the hills; from these great fells there are severall springs out of the rock that trickle down their sides, and as they meete with stones and rocks in the way when something obstructs their passage and so they come with more violence that gives a pleaseing sound and murmuring noise...

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