Written by The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens this guide covers the history of all the houses built on the riverside site, starting with a 12th century rectory. This was replaced by a Tudor house, and this in turn was remodelled in the Victorian era. The site was bought by Reading Borough Council in the 1930s and the last house was demolished in 1933. In 2004 with Heritage lottery funding the council was able to reconstruct the site, restoring the footprints of the houses and the buildings remaining on the site. The richly illustrated guide covers the history of the houses that stood on the site, the families who lived there and the development of the gardens through the ages.
This pamphlet examines recent research into the poor laws of Tudor and Stuart England. Dr Beier asks the question who were the poor? and in answering it places the problem of the poor in its historical context, examining it in relation to medieval provisions for dealing with poverty. He shows how far legislation was influenced by economic changes, by ideas about poverty and by the interests of the legislators themselves. Dr Beier evaluates the varying interpretations of the poor laws, from those who have seen them as an early welfare state to those who have considered them to be the manifestation of a Protestant ethic . The major poor-law statues are summarized in an appendix, and there is a useful bibliography. "
A Boy, a Father, and the Garden Tractor They Loved and Shared In this heartwarming true story, A Garden Tractor and Its Boy, we follow the story of a little boy with his father, their mutual love of their garden tractor, and the memories they share. The Deutz-Allis Ultima is a premium machine, and is more than the father can afford. But when the father is blessed with such a tractor, he doesn't worry that it has a blown engine and will not run. He rebuilds and restores it and drives it with pride. The boy dreams of the day when he will be the chief mower, just like his father. Sadly, the Deutz-Allis mower outlives the young father. The boy's heart is broken by his father's death from cancer. What would become of his family? What would become of the boy and his tractor? A Garden Tractor and Its Boy will touch your heart with the love of a father and son, and the richness of life's precious moments. Mary Sue Moss is a Christian writer, wife, mother to three grown children, and grandmother to thirteen. She enjoyed practicing as a registered nurse for more than twenty-five years in a local nursing home and then changed careers at age fifty-two to become a full-time school teacher. The joy of her heart is teaching students of all ages the love of the Lord and triumph through trial.
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