An English Farmhouse by Geoffrey Grigson

Originally published in 1948, An English Farmhouse is Geoffrey Grigson’s careful survey of the stony and wooden details of the old English farmhouse. In examining the details of the farmhouse and its associated buildings and barns, whether made from sarsen, thatch, brick, timber or tile, Grigson paints a vivid human picture of rural life in the preceding centuries and creates a delicate weave of social history.

Introduced by Ed Kluz.

Cover by John Piper: ‘Fawley Bottom’ (detail) 380 x 560mm 1985, watercolour, gouache and ink

Paperback with flaps.

Published June 2021.


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Geoffrey Grigson (1905-1985) was a poet, writer, curator, critic and naturalist. He was editor of the influential New Verse magazine and was founder of the Institute for Contemporary Arts. He was married to the food writer Jane Grigson. Their daughter is the chef and writer Sophie Grigson.

Ed Kluz is an artist, illustrator and print-maker whose work explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the re-imagining of historic landscapes and buildings. He has a particular interest in the eccentric and overlooked – follies, ruins and lost buildings provide much of his inspiration, and he co-authored the book The Lost House Revisited. He has provided the cover for John Fowles’ The Tree and Horatio Clare’s Something of his Art, both published by Little Toller.


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