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The Barn
The Barn: The Lives, Landscape and Lost Ways of an Old Yorkshire Farm by Sally Coulthard

A revelatory uncovering of a vanished agricultural way of life by bestselling nature writer Sally Coulthard.

'A gem of a book' Country Smallholding
'Engaging and filled with the gentle humour and fascinating facts' Get History
'Shows us the beauty and rich history of everyday things' Country Walking Magazine

Across the muddy foldyard from Sally Coulthard's farmhouse stands a large and ancient stone barn. When she discovered a set of witches' marks on one of its internal walls, scratched into the plaster to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck, Sally began to wonder about the lives of the people who had lived and worked around the Barn in times past; the forgotten inhabitants of a North Yorkshire agricultural landscape.

In The Barn, Sally explores a hidden corner of rural Britain that has witnessed remarkable changes. From the eighteenth-century Enclosures to the era of the Second World War, the fortunes of the Barn, the farm and its occupants have been blown, like a leaf in a gale, by the unstoppable forces of new agriculture and industry. Seismic shifts in almost every area of society – education, technology, food and farming, transport, superstition and the Church – all were played out here in miniature against a backdrop of scattered limestone villages and the softly rolling Howardian Hills.

Both intimate history of a family, a house and its hinterland, and wider investigation of shifting patterns of work, leisure and domestic life across two-and-a half centuries of English history, The Barn is an affectionate celebration of the enduring charm of rural North Yorkshire and a revelatory investigation of a lost agricultural way of life.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Modern History
10 Nov 2022 * 336pp * £10.99 * 9781800240865
REVIEWS
'Sally Coulthard's beautiful books have shown us the beauty and rich history of everyday things like sheep, bees, hedgehogs, flowers and snow – and now, the humble barn'
Country Walking Magazine
'A gem of a book... Not only richly informed about the troubles and tribulations of past lives lived in the shadow of the barn, but of the unstoppable forces of agriculture during a long-gone seismic period of British history'
Country Smallholding
'[Coulthard] works outwards from small observations and detailed research to create a web of stories, images and ideas about rural history, ancient and modern... This is a history of the 'ordinary' people, peppered with surprising facts and personalised tales'
Richmondshire Today
'Readable, fascinating... A very human history, focusing on the people whose lives changed over several centuries as times and technology changed around them'
Shedworking
'Engaging and filled with the gentle humour and fascinating facts that are an integral part of Coulthard's written style'
Get History
'A thoroughly interesting read'
Gazette and Herald
The Dalesman's Recommended Read for February 2022
The Dalesman
'The bestselling author of The Bee Bible uncovers the fascinating history of a North Yorkshire barn from the Enclosures of the eighteenth century to the present day in a masterwork of research and non-fiction storytelling'
Waterstones
'An affectionate celebration of the enduring charm of rural North Yorkshire and a lost agricultural way of life'
Country Living
'Author and smallholder Sally Coulthard tracks the history of the ancient stone barn that stands across from her Yorkshire farmhouse and, in turn, the history of the farm, those that have tended it and the country at large across two and a half centuries'
Neptune Home
Author
Sally Coulthard
Sally Coulthard
Sally Coulthard is a bestselling author of books about natural history and rural life including The Barn, A Short History of the World According to Sheep, The Book of the Earthworm, The Hedgehog Handbook and over twenty more titles. She lives on a Yorkshire smallholding which she shares with her husband, three girls and an assortment of unruly animals.
ALSO BY Sally Coulthard
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