Town and Country in Victorian Leicestershire: The Role of the Village Carrier
Salisbury itself is an exceedingly important place — the most important in the world… For Salisbury is the capital of the Plain, the head and heart of all those villages, too many to count, scattered far and wide over the surrounding country… To set out betimes and overtake the early carriers’ carts on the road, each with its little cargo of packages and women with baskets and an old man or two, to recognise acquaintances among those who sit in front, and as I go on overtaking and passing carriers and the half-gipsy, little ‘general dealer’ in his dirty, ramshackle, little cart drawn by a rough fast-trotting pony, all of us intent on business and pleasure, bound for Salisbury — the great market and emporium and place of all delights for all the great Plain … the mere sight of it exhilarates like wine. The numbers — the people and the animals! The carriers’ carts drawn up in rows on rows — carriers from a hundred little villages on the Bourne, the Avon, the Wylye, the Nadder, the Ebble, and from all over the Plain, each bringing its little contingent.1
KeywordsShopping Centre Market Area Market Town County Town English Historian
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