The Unquiet English Village

“The English village is lodged in the public imagination as the great good place where nothing changes, a refuge from the rat race and a retirement dream.” But the histories of these little settlements have often been harsh. “What happens to them for good or ill is so often not the result of natural growth or decline but of some economic bonanza or hammerblow or some landlord’s benevolence or greed.”

Source: Wall Street Journal 11/27/10