Joseph Ashby of Tysoe, the agricultural trade unionist, travelled round Warwickshire in the 1890s observing 'the real life lived by the labouring poor in the villages of Warwickshire'. He published a delightful series of articles in the "Warwick Advertiser"; this book contains extracts from his articles illustrated by old photographs. The burning issues of the day included hunting, gipsies and affordable housing. Read this book to discover the secrets hidden behind the cottage doors of Victorian England. It features: Bishop's Itchington, Broadwell, Burton Dassett, Churchover, Combroke, Dunchurch, Flecknoe, Gaydon, Harborough Magna, Kineton, Ladbroke, Leamington Hastings, Long Itchington, Monks Kirby, Oxhill, Pailton, Pillertons, Priors Hardwick, Radway, Ratley, Ryton, Sawbridge, Shughburgh, Southam, Stockton, Stretton on Dunsmore, Stretton-under-Fosse, Tysoe, Whatcote, Wolfhamcote and Wormleighton.