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Hanney: Life in an Old Berkshire Village
Alfred James takes us on an amusing and nostalgic journey along the highways and byways of that part of Oxfordshire that was formerly part of north Berkshire.
Focussing on the villages of East and West Hanney, in the Vale of the White Horse, to where he moved as a child in 1940, we experience through his enquiring eyes a wartime boyhood, an education at King Alfred's School, Wantage, and postwar employment at the fledgling atomic energy research establishment at Harwell.
An extraordinary array of memorable characters illuminate the pages, including Black Annie, Canon Peacock and his dancing daughters, the boy who played marbles with his own glass eye, and the Harwell engineer with a sideline in respraying stolen cars! With fascinating background historical descriptions of people and places in 'old north Berks', this book will be sure to delight anyone who lives or has lived in the area or who has an interest in social history from a bygone era.
Published November 2016 :: ISBN 978-0-9934073-4-5
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