Memories of a Bournville Child 1920-1940, by G. Letitia Haynes (3 volume set)

Memories of a Bournville Child 1920-1940, by G. Letitia Haynes (3 volume set)
Memories of a Bournville Child 1920-1940, by G. Letitia Haynes, including 'A New Home in a Model Village', 'Old Hay Green Lane' and 'Milestones to Growing Up'

Paperbacks all published privately by the author in 1995. 92, 94 and 105 pages respectively (S8276WSO)

These three books chart the childhood of a girl called Hannah as she lives and grows up in Bournville in the West Midlands. Presumably at least in part (perhaps almost totally?) autobiographical, the collections thus offers a fascinating insight into the social history of the area at that time.

From the rear side covers of all 3 volumes: Letitia Haynes has spent almost the whole of her long life in Boumville in the very same house she came to as a small child with her parents in 1920, when the original settlement round the village green began to creep out into the unspoiled virgin countryside of Old Hay Green Lane. She feels privileged to have been part of George Cadbury's vision of an ideal village where ordinary working class folk, many of whom had a family background of extreme poverty, overcrowding and privation, if not of actual slum conditions, were given a new start in pleasant uncrowded homes surrounded by natural beauty, where they could develop the best that lay in their power for themselves and their families. Everywhere in the twenties and thirties saw the culmination of the way of life begun in the 18th Century with the Industrial Revolution. Here in Bournville, and a few other similar villages, social life for the working classes, reached its highest peak, before being thrown into chaos and destruction with the Second World War, and thereafter re-emerging as a new epoch with the Welfare Revolution, followed after by Technological, Feminine, Sexual, Ethical and Medical Revolutions. In this book Letitia Haynes describes daily life between the two 20th Century wars and re-creates its atmosphere with distinctive incidents so trivial they are in danger of being overlooked and lost to posterity. It must undoubtedly arouse half-forgotten nostalgic memories for the older generation and be a revelation to younger ones....

The condition of the paperbacks are all generally good. There are some minor scuffs and blemishes to the covers, and some light wear along the edges and corners, but all the spines are intact and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
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