Publication date: 28 September 2017
Explore the most interesting and beautiful examples of British village life in this lavishly illustrated book, published as a companion volume to the highly successful Channel 4 television series, ‘Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages’. Featuring gorgeous illustrations and dust jackets from Brian Cook’s iconic designs, the book explores the villages as they appeared then and now.
It’s hard not to be enchanted by rural villages. From thatched roofs, charming churches, bunting, cream teas and the local landscape, they capture our imaginations. Structured by region, this book follows Penelope’s journey through Britain across all four series, including the idyllic villages found in the Costwolds, the cosy cottages of East Anglia and the treasures nestled in the North Yorkshire moors.
Pictured alongside Brian Cook’s iconic illustrations, Hidden Villages of Britain takes you through the fascinating history and the curious customs and characters unique to each village and how they survive in the present. From bog snorkelling in Llanwrtyd Wells and gravy wrestling in Stacksteads to cheese rolling down Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth and dwile flocking (where contestants seek to soak their opponents with a beer-soaked cloth outside the village pub), snippets of the history, life and traditions of each village are fully explored.
Whether you are looking for a place for your next holiday, a guide to Britain’s rural landscape or have a love for Britain’s most inspirational settings, this book is perfect for the armchair traveller.