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Pigsties and Paradise - Lady Diarists and the Tour of Wales, 1795-1860

Manylion a Disgrifiad y Llyfr | Book Details & Description

  • ISBN: 9781845272494
  • Author: Liz Pitman
  • Publication July 2009
  • Format: Paperback, 215x138 mm

Gwales Description
This book is based on the diaries of some of the intrepid English gentry women who travelled around Wales between 1795 and 1860, initially by coach and carriage but latterly by train. A number of the diarists' fine watercolours, together with maps of their travels, enhance their lively writing.

Further Information:
This book is based on the diaries of some of the intrepid English gentry women who travelled around Wales between 1795 and 1860, initially by coach and carriage but latterly by train.

They came to explore the scenery, antiquities and exotic customs of a country that, at that time, felt very ‘foreign’, travelling on poor roads, marvelling at the landscape, climbing mountains by horseback and on foot, and staying in inns that ranged from ‘pigsties’ to ‘paradise’.

They wrote enthusiastically and, at times, caustically about all that they saw and experienced, be it breathtaking landscapes, naked bathing, inebriated coachdrivers, or appalling weather.

Apart from being entertaining to read, these diaries are valuable historical documents, revealing little-reported aspects of Wales at a time when tourism was in its infancy.

A number of the diarists’ fine watercolours, together with maps of their travels, enhance their lively writing.