“The enormous lengths to which farmer Isaac John Sansome goes as he strives to make some kind of living, throughout every week of every month illustrated in this diary, demonstrates that profit alone cannot account for the existence and structure of farm family life……. the most striking aspect of the Diary is its emphasis on the ‘informal economy’; one based upon social and cultural capital, well-oiled by the availability of beer and cider!.... it should appeal to everyone, from the casual reader to scholars of social history.”
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A fascinating insight into a year in the life of Isaac John Sansome, a Victorian farmer from Claines, Worcestershire, England. The diary has been carefully transcribed from the original and meticulously researched by his great grandson, Geoff Sansome, for the names, places and events mentioned. Isaac John was a tenant farmer, whose wife had just died and in 1883 was supporting his two young daughters. Farming on the outskirts of Worcester, he traded with the farmers, gentry and tradesman around and in Worcester and kept a careful record of his accounts within his diary. His daily routine, acquaintances, social life and general seasonal ups and downs are detailed. The book contains a range of local period photographs and a set of watercolour illustrations of farm animals by the Claines artist, the late John Coleman.