A Perfect Paradise: Eryholme from 1066 to the Present

Author(s): Tony Pollard 

ISBN: 9781781557754
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Described as a ‘Perfect Paradise’ by an eighteenth-century lady of the manor, Eryholme has long been considered an isolated and secluded place, unfamiliar even to many who live nearby. Featuring in Downton Abbey as an estate belonging to the earl of Grantham, it was considered by his mother as suited only to be a retreat from the world.
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Described as a ‘Perfect Paradise’ by an eighteenth-century lady of the manor, Eryholme has long been considered an isolated and secluded place, unfamiliar even to many who live nearby. Featuring in Downton Abbey as an estate belonging to the earl of Grantham, it was considered by his mother as suited only to be a retreat from the world.

Nevertheless Eryholme has had a full and eventful history: sacked by Normans and Scots, devastated by famine and disease, almost abandoned in the fifteenth century and later divided by religious conflict and civil war. After 1700 its farmers were noted cattle breeders. In earlier centuries a branch of the Great North Road ran through the parish, but after the opening of the turnpike in 1745, no longer on the beaten track, Eryholme eventually became the tranquil community untouched by modern industry and urban development it is today.

Piecing together a narrative from a wide range of sources, Tony Pollard tells the story of the landowners, the villagers, their changing fortunes, their religion and their engagement with the wider world and its impact on their lives over almost thirty generations. It is a story illuminating in miniature English history from Norman Conquest to Brexit.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557754
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 144 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 10 November 2019
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS Colour and mono illustrations throughout

 

 





Tony Pollard is an authority on fifteenth-century English history, especially the Wars of the Roses and the North-East in the period. His earlier publications include books on Richard III, Warwick the Kingmaker, the early stories of Robin Hood, and most recently `Edward IV, The Summer King', in the Penguin English Monarchs series. This new work, a local history in the traditional mould of chronicling the changing fortunes of one place over the centuries, is a new departure for him.



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