This account of a village in the Cotswolds and its inhabitants in the late 19th century includes the topography, agriculture and language of the surrounding area and in particular the country pursuits of hunting, shooting and fishing.
J. Arthur Gibbs was born in Westminster in 1867 and educated at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. After two years with the family banking firm in London he moved to Ablington Manor in the Coln Valley to live as the squire of a small estate. He was a keen cricketer, playing for Somerset and the MCC and writing 'The Improvement of Cricket Grounds on Economic Princples', as well as enjoying hunting, shooting and fishing. He died in 1899.