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1899 - Halliwell, Sutcliffe - By Moor and Fell (2)

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Date 1899
Author Sutcliffe, Halliwell
Title By Moor and Fell in West Yorkshire
Mentions Robin Hood

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-08-15. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.

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It suits the flavour of old Bingley, too, this rough-and-tumble recklessness, which wore a grim front and hid something of a laughing heart behind it; and we move again, with no perceptible transition, among the wool-combers who peopled every cottage between the river-bridge and the old church. Hard times they are said to have been; but, measured by happiness rather than by comfort, they were fairer days than ever the working man will see again. Hard times? Nay, not in Haworth parish, nor in Bingley here. Food might be coarse, cottages scantily furnished — but what mattered it when half the men's days were spent out of doors, when sport and laughter and rough revelry brought back for awhile a flavor of old Robin Hood to an age that was so soon to settle into colourless sobriety?[1]


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