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The English Farm Wagon Origins and Structure

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Oxfam Bookshop Skipton Development of the wagon from the Early Iron Age and techniques of wagon makers. 28 Regional Designs described & Illustrated. For about two hundred years a village made four wheeled vehicle, called a wagon to distinguish it from the cart with only two wheels, was a common sight in many parts of the English countryside. It was used for carrying the hay and corn harvest from the fields and for transporting grain and other produce to market. Factory made boat and barge wagons had appeared, but the village wheelwrights built their wagons to last more than one farmer's lifetime and it is some tribute to their craftsmanship that the author of this book was able to find examples of traditional wagons in every district of the country in which they had been used. This book is based on a survey of nearly 600 wagons. Dr John Geraint Jenkins (1929-2009), expert on country crafts and life, took up his first museum post at Leicester in 1952, moving soon afterwards to the Museum of English Rural Life at Reading where he undertook the research that led to this, his first major publication. Good condition. Dust Jacket slightly See Oxfam website for delivery information

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