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An English Farmhouse by Geoffrey Grigson


Originally published in 1948, An English Farmhouse is Geoffrey Grigson’s careful survey of the stony and wooden details of the old English farmhouse. In examining the details of the farmhouse and its associated buildings and barns, whether made from sarsen, thatch, brick, timber or tile, Grigson paints a vivid human picture of rural life in the preceding centuries and creates a delicate weave of social history.

Introduced by Ed Kluz with a cover from a painting by John Piper: ‘Fawley Bottom’ (detail) 380 x 560mm 1985, watercolour, gouache and ink

Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985) was a poet, writer, curator, critic and naturalist, the editor of influential New Verse magazine and founder of the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA). He was married to the food writer Jane Grigson. Their daughter is the chef and writer Sophie Grigson.

Paperback with flaps

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