Quiet Roads and Sleepy Villages (page 1/2)

[picture: Front Cover, Fea ``Quiet Roads and Sleepy Villges'', McBride, Nast & Co., New York, 1914]

Images from Quiet Roads and Sleepy Villages by Allan Fea (New York, 1914). I bought this book on eBay.

Title: Quiet Roads and Sleepy Villages

Author: Fea, Allan

Published by: McBride, Nast & Company

City: New York

Date: 1914

Total items: 8

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Rothamstead]


“About the same distance from Sandridge to Water End in the opposite direction stands another typical semi-Elizabethan and Jacobean mansion, which, far from degenerating in its old age, has put on a new lease of prosperity, for, as a trasure-house of antique art in the way of carved oak, there are few houses to rival it. And this is little wonder, considering the enthusiasm as a collector of the eminent [...] polished courtesy and modest pride would conduct fellow enthusiasts round the “linen” panelled rooms, pointing out the peculiarities and beauties of the mediæval and Renaissance workmanship displayed on every side. Here one may study elaborate oak carvings from base to foor: every conceivable form, from the ruggedly chiselled type to the most delicately handled. Nothing is modern. To the most original wainscoted rooms have been added some of the grand old fireplaces from Rawdon House, Hoddesdon (which since its conversion into a nunnery has been shorn of some of its finest fittings, saving the remarkable staircase still in situ). the Rothamstead doll’s-house, as big as a couple of German travelling trunks of the largest dimensions, with which nearly a dozen generations of children have played, like the house in which it stands, has in its several apartments carved oak over-mantels stretching from floor to ceiling with coeval accessories to instruct and doubtles bewilder the successive sprouting branches of the Lawes-Wittewronge tree.” (p. 17) [more...]


[picture: Title Page]

Title Page

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[picture: Frontispiece: Denchworth]

Frontispiece: Denchworth

“Denchworth [...] is one of the prettiest villages hereabouts. What little there is of it consists of one short street lined mostly with timber framed and straw-thatched cottages. As one advances from the north and west further to the south-east, it is [...] place to the more snug-looking lath and plaster, half-timber, herring-bone red brick, and thatch. [more...]


[picture: Abbey Ruins, Elstow]

Abbey Ruins, Elstow

“[...] the Benedictine Abbey which stood on the further side of [Elstow church]. This abbey was succeeded by a secular structure of the Renaissance period, considerable remains of which are still standing, its skeleton walls, bare windows, and stone archways making a very picturesque ruin. Peering over an adjacent wall are the gables and carved oak barge-boards of an old house thta once belonged to the Hillersdons, whose monuments may be found in the church. Medbury, another ancient manor not far off, [...] [more...]


[picture: Frontispiece, Denchworth, hand coloured]

Frontispiece, Denchworth, hand coloured

This is a version of the Frontispiece sepia-tinted photograph of Denchworth that I coloured using The Gimp. [more...]


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Images from Quiet Roads and Sleepy Villages by Allan Fea (New York, 1914). I bought this book on eBay.

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