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The English Village: A Chronicle of History

The villages of England are romantic and picturesque, but what is the history behind these intriguing places? This course uncovers the varied and remarkable history of English villages, as well as the ways of life of the people that have inhabited them from the Middle Ages to present day. Discover the importance of taverns, markets, schools, the vicarage, the village pond, and the imposing parish church, and become familiar with rare local traditions. The course also explores the fascinating differences between villages in the north and south, including the stone-clad villages of Yorkshire; the thatched hamlets of Devon; the much-photographed villages of Finchingfield and Grantchester; Bampton, which is featured in Downtown Abbey; and the Cornwall villages featured in the Poldark books.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the importance of villages to the history and culture of England
  • Familiarity with a variety of villages—their history, culture, and inhabitants—across England

Ideal for

  • History buffs and Anglophiles
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.