From the inside front over:
"Fairfield Folk traces the history of
the Matthews family from the early 19th Century to today. The
history of the 'Travellers' is handed down from generation to
generation through traditional methods of 'say'. Every important,
amusing or significant event is turned into a story and is
faithfully repeated with great accuracy for, perhaps, hundreds of
Frances Brown's unique entree to
the Travellers has enabled her to record all the 'Says' of the
Matthews family, going back to the early 1800s. Some of them sounded
rather outrageous and, perhaps, a little unbelievable, so Frances
has checked them against newspapers, court records, and any official
documntation available and has proved that they are, in fact, true.
Incarrying out her research, Frances has unearthed a wealth of
original photographs of the Matthews family; this book traces their
way of life, the changes and developments of the fairground.
This book should have wide appeal
as it has not only many personal insights into the travelling family
but also records their purchase of several early steam-driven
carousels, one of which has been featured in the films
Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang and Half-a-Sixpence."
Condition: Fine with Fine dustjacket.
Owner's name sticker on inside front
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