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Nab End And Beyond

Author : William Woodruff
ISBN : 0349119872
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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William Woodruff had the sort of childhood satirised in the famous Monty Python Yorkshireman sketch. The son of a weaver, he was born on a pallet of straw at the back of the mill and two days later his mother was back at work. Life was extrememly tough for the family in 1920's Blackburn - a treat was sheep's head or cow heel soup - and got worse when his father lost his job when the cotton industry started its terminal decline. At 16, William leaves the poverty of Blackburn for London, where he finds no streets paved with gold, but filthy tenements and such squalor only a great city can conceal. He gets a job in an iron foundry and finds lodgings with a beer-swilling landlady and her family - a predatory daughter, and a tattooed madman of a son with whom he has to share his bed. Then, at night school, William discovers his love of learning, which eventually takes him to Plater college, Oxford. As Mosley's blackshirts provoke fighting on the streets, William witnesses the courage of ordinary people in the face of war: a war in which he himself will soon be fighting . . .

Beyond Nab End

Author : William Woodruff
ISBN : 9780748109067
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The second volume of Woodruff's memoirs starts with his arrival in the East End of London in the early 1930s. He finds lodgings with a Cockney family in Stratford, where he shares a single bed (head to toe) with a stonebreaker. He thinks himself lucky to get a job at an iron foundry until he faces the gruelling, back-breaking work. But William is indomitable. To find his old sweetheart, he one day cycles to Berkhamstead. She's not there and he returns in a snowstorm - it takes him eight hours to reach friends in the west of London and then, after three hours sleep, another four to get to work on time. Eventually he joins a night school to 'get some learnin'; his first white collar job starts for the water board in S( Brettenham House! His studies finally take him to the Catholic Workers College (which is now Plater College), Oxford. How the foundry worker became a scholar, how war interrupted his studies - and William's concluding description of returning from war to meet the son he's never seen - is a deeply moving story.

Folk Song In England

Author : Steve Roud
ISBN : 9780571309733
Genre : Music
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In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music - but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other parts of Britain and overseas. Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Percy Grainger, and a number of other enthusiasts gathered a huge harvest of songs and tunes which we can study and enjoy at our leisure. But after over a century of collection and discussion, publication and performance, there are still many things we don't know about traditional song - Where did the songs come from? Who sang them, where, when and why? What part did singing play in the lives of the communities in which the songs thrived? More importantly, have the pioneer collectors' restricted definitions and narrow focus hindered or helped our understanding? This is the first book for many years to investigate the wider social history of traditional song in England, and draws on a wide range of sources to answer these questions and many more.

The Geology Of The Burnley Coal Field And Of The Country Around Clitheroe Blackburn Preston Chorley Haslingden And Todmorden

Author : Edward Hull
ISBN : UCAL:B4173400
Genre : Coal
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We Danced All Night

Author : Martin Pugh
ISBN : 9781448162741
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Bounded by the Great War on one side and by the looming shadow of the Second World War on the other, the inter-war period has characteristically been portrayed as a time of great and unrelenting depression. In Martin Pugh's lively and thought-provoking book, however, the acclaimed historian vividly shows how the British people reacted to the privations of wartime by indulging in leisure and entertainment activities of all kinds - from dancing and cinema going to smoking, football pools and paid holidays. He explodes the myths of a nation of unwed women, revealing that in the 1930s the institution of marriage was reaching its heyday, and points to a rise in real incomes, improvements in diet and health and the spread of cheap luxuries. The result is an extraordinary, engaging work of history that presents us with a fresh perspective and brings out both the strangeness and the familiarity of this point in time.

The British National Bibliography

Author : Arthur James Wells
ISBN : UOM:39015066381453
Genre : Bibliography, National
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Darwen Born Blackburn Bred Growing Up In The Age Of Affluence

Author : Paul Laxton
ISBN : 9781787190320
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This book is not a scholarly work of history, nor is it truly a memoir or an autobiography, as I am under no illusions that my life merits that kind of treatment. My standpoint is that of the participant observer, and the backdrop is provided by the proud communities of Blackburn and Darwen, where my family lived, where I was educated, and where I worked before moving on to make my own way in life. I am sure that the experiences I describe will resonate with readers in many other once prosperous industrial areas. The key theme of this book is what is what like to grow up in working class communities during what I have called the Age of Affluence, the thirty years that followed World War Two in which the working people of the United Kingdom for the only time in our industrial history, experienced unbroken full employment and saw their lives transformed as a consequence.

Paradise Galore

Author : William Woodruff
ISBN : 0460061674
Genre : Children's stories, American
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Books Out Loud

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The Thorough Guide To The English Lake District

Author : Mountford John Byrde Baddeley
ISBN : PRNC:32101038161038
Genre : Lake District (England)
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The Oxford Companion To Family And Local History

Author : David Hey
ISBN : UOM:39015082685812
Genre : History
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This fully revised and updated edition contains over 2,000 entries from adoption to World War records. This edition advises how to research your family tree using the internet and details the full range of online resources available.

Media Review Digest

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Northamptonshire Past Present

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Genre : Northamptonshire (England)
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Billy Boy

Author : William Woodruff
ISBN : UOM:39015032579321
Genre : Cotton manufacture
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Springtime In Britain

Author : Edwin Way Teale
ISBN : UOM:39015031055778
Genre : Great Britain
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Die Kaapse Bibliotekaris

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ISBN : IND:30000107220935
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Book Review Index

Author : Gale Group
ISBN : 0787665797
Genre : Literary Criticism
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'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.

The Spectator

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Impact Of Western Man

Author : William Woodruff
ISBN : 0819124869
Genre : Civilization, Occidental
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The Emergence Of An International Economy 1700 1914

Author : William Woodruff
ISBN : 0006327125
Genre : Economic history
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