An Englishman's Tales of a Small Yorkshire Village

by Silas Ackroyd



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/13/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 568
ISBN : 9781420894912
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 568
ISBN : 9781452057453

About the Book

Most of the details of village life came from my own personal experiences. When, at the beginning of the war, my parents moved to a suburb of Leeds, called Lower Wortley it had just been incorporated into the boundaries of the city but still retained a lot of the air of a village about it.

We, my family and I, lived in a small leaky sandstone cottage, one of seven, halfway up a hill. Right behind us there was a smallholding, where the farmer raised chickens, ducks and pigs. On the opposite side of the road we lived on, there was a row of rather grand four story houses, at the head of rather long equally grand gardens. The owners of which looked with distain upon their neighbors across the way.

At the top of the hill was another group of houses set in a circle with a Methodist Chapel in their midst and the whole area was referred to as the Bull Ring.

At the bottom of the hill was the main road into Leeds. Here was the Tram terminus, (Public Transport) with a switch over line to facilitate change over to the inbound line. It was a seriously bleak time, when Britain was on the defensive, and looked as though it was about to be invaded by the Germans at any time.

So we sang songs to cheer ourselves up. “There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover.” “There’ll always be an England, and England shall be free.” And silly songs like “I’m going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line. (A line of fortifications on the German border)

So when I wrote “Little Miracles,” and compiled “An Englishman’s tales of a small Yorkshire village,” to go with it and I incorporated many of my experiences from this time.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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