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ISBN: 9780857041876
AUTHOR: Judith Adam
The Book of Berrynarbor
The Book of Berrynarbor
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Berrynarbor nestles in a North Devon valley surrounded by other, larger, communities of Combe Martin, Braunton, Ilfracombe and the market town of Barnstaple.

The Book of Berrynarbor is based on the memories of Ron Toms, its oldest inhabitant at the time the author came to live in the village in 2007. Born into a farming family, Ron, apart from an occasional trip away, has lived here for 96 years. His story begins during the First World War but his memories include information and observations of bygone years handed down by family and friends.

Contemporary photographs, and those taken in earlier times, help bring his story to life.

These words and images paint a fascinating picture of a time when agricultural communities were reliant upon horsepower and manpower, when things were home-made and home-grown: however, Berrynarbor villagers were also dependent upon their neighbours for goods and services, often requiring trips to nearby towns and villages which Ron recalls in vivid detail. Alongside personal family photographs the author, Judith Adam, has trawled local archives for pictures that help record the countryside in and around Berrynarbor, and recreated the past as Ron and his parents would have known it: many of them scenes that have long since disappeared.

A small number of truly local families have histories that span centuries, and stories of these, and others who form part of Ronís memories, from his schooldays and working life, are included. This real-life story will give the reader an insight into how different our lives are today, at work and at play. It is a story that illuminates the recent history of this beautiful village, before all such memories are forgotten.

The author having met this villageís oldest inhabitant, started a project simply to record the memories of a nonagenarian before they were lost. His reflections and the support of local historians and museums over the past two years have combined to create this book.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 187 6, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 2012.

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