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ISBN: 9781906551469
AUTHOR: Simon Butler
A Manaton Century
A Manaton Century
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Of all the Dartmoor border parishes Manaton preserved its remoteness well into the last century. While improved roads and railways brought the moor increasingly into the compass of everyday travel, guidebooks of the day warned would-be visitors to Manaton of the perils faced in crossing deep valleys and moorland streams in order to reach the tiny cluster of houses surrounding the village green.

Only in the 1920s, following the construction of a new road from nearby Bovey Tracey, did tourists in any numbers begin to ‘discover’ the picturesque delights that Manaton had to offer.

This slow pace of change provides an opportunity to look back over the past hundred years or so and to highlight the differences in this moorland parish then and now.

When a collection of over 400 paintings and drawings of Manaton and the moor came to light, made by the artist William Henry Jones between 1900 and 1920, they provided the perfect opportunity to compare the parish and its people during the past century.

Combining the detailed paintings with historic photographs, maps and local stories, A Manaton Century provides a fascinating portrait of this unique moorland parish.

Simon Butler is a writer and consultant to the publishing industry, having directly published over a thousand books during a long career. He is a Director of the Dartmoor Trust and of two major regional arts organisations. His own writings include the bestselling The War Horses, and a companion volume Goodbye Old Friend. More recently his book The Farmer’s Wife, looked at the history of women workers on the land, while Land Girl Suffragette told the story of the artist Olive Hockin. Having lived on Dartmoor for over forty years he describes the writing of A Manaton Century as a true labour of love.

Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 46 9, softback, 230x230mm, 80 pages. Published September 2019.

Land Girl SuffragetteLand Girl Suffragette - £19.99
Olive Hockin (1881–1936) has never been accorded her rightful place among those brave and resourceful women who fought, and in some cases, risked life and limb, to champion the rights of women. While in many ways she epitomised those in the vanguard of the Suffrage movement through her class, liberal education and aesthetic principles, her story told by Simon Butler reveals a complex character as author, artist and arsonist.
Legendary Dartmoor Pubs & InnsLegendary Dartmoor Pubs & Inns - £9.99
In this book Simon Butler follow in the footsteps of the Sherlock Holmes as he tracks the deadly hound around the moor, taking in the real places visited by the author and playing the role of sleuth in identifying the locations that provided his inspiration. To add enjoyment to the ‘chase’ the book traces the origins of The Hound story to Dartmoor’s own legendary places, and links each to the moor’s historic public houses and inns.
Walking the South West Coast Path CompanionWalking the South West Coast Path Companion - £9.99
This companion guide to the South West Coast Path by Simon Butler and Philip Carter is intended to provide added pleasure and knowledge for those have walked it in whole or in part, or those who are planning to walk it.
The Farmer's WifeThe Farmer's Wife - £19.99
Simon Butler celebrates the women whose working traditions lie in the land and those women who laboured on the land. Their's is a story largely untold for, as ‘The Farmer’s Wife’, their role has often previously been overlooked. Through 250 photographs and a wide ranging text their remarkable contribution to rural life is revealed.
Goodbye Old FriendGoodbye Old Friend - £19.99
Following the First World War, the Empire of the Horse evaporated, and within a few decades the working horse had disappeared almost entirely from the British landscape. Simon Butler explores the reasons for this change and the effect it has had on our lives. The story follows on from the his bestselling book The War Horses in which he describes the fate of the horse during the 1914-18 war.
The War HorsesThe War Horses - £19.99
Simon Butler draws upon over 200 photographs and eye-witness accounts to illustrate the actuality of war and the vital role played by the horse on the Western Front. Poignant memoirs reveal the bond formed between the fighting men and the animals in their care; remarkable stories of compassion and kindness set against the harrowing background of ‘The War to End All Wars’.
Web Price: £9.99
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