Extraordinary Villages

by Tony Francis

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England and Wales are brimming with them. Not the traditional honeypots we’ve all seen before, but extraordinary places with bizarre tales to tell.

In this fascinating collection, Tony Francis, presenter and producer of ITV’s much-loved series, Heart of the Country, gathers together photographs and stories of 50 extraordinary villages he has visited on his travels around the country.

Some of them look innocent enough, but appearances can be deceptive.

What are the secrets behind the windows of Woburn, the manor house of Badby, the quintessentially English village of Turville?

What problems simmer between neighbouring communities Trefor and Froncycsyllte, Hallerton and Medbourne and West and East Purton?

What challenges face the inhabitants of Jackfield, Aldbrough,  Stilton and Arnside?

And what really attracts the visitors to picturesque Cerne Abbas? 


178 Colour photographs


Sep 04, 2014


About the Author:

Tony Francis has produced and presented more than 500 countryside and wildlife programmes for TV, including the award-winning series Heart of the Country. He has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph on rural and sporting matters. A high profile sports presenter on ITV, he has covered many football World Cups, Olympic Games and England cricket tours. He ran his own television production company for 24 years. Author of ten books, Tony has also recently developed a reputation as an artist.

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