Excerpt from The Heart of Merrie England In the following pages are brought together sketches and reminiscences of the old land which can scarcely fail to interest those who love its history, its antiquities and its rural life. The book is intended rather as a suggestion of than as a guide to England. The writer has sought to foster tender memories and to strengthen loving ties. He has wandered from places well kwn to neighborhoods remote and secluded - from the cathedral of Canterbury to the cromlechs of Chipping Norton. The villages described are t richer in interest than other villages: they only illustrate how much pleasure the stranger from afar may find in the country districts of England. The book will serve, if for other purpose, to while away an idle hour. Nevertheless, it has a value beyond that of amusement. Every line is written in truth - t merely intentional, but actual, truth. The places spoken of are familiar to the author. The greatest care has been taken to attain accuracy, and every temptation to exaggerate in any sense has been studiously avoided. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.