chapter  8
THE BORDERLINE
Pages 8

With the Fords we are already close to the borderline between the middle and working class. There were some chapel-going upper-working-class families whose lives were in most respects very similar. There also were many Edwardians who were in middle-class occupations, managing commercial enterprises and holding property, yet who were drawn more directly, through work and residence, towards a working-class way of life. Market shopkeepers, publicans, small manufacturers and dealers, and small farmers are all examples. Two of our Edwardians come from families of this kind. The first, however, represents a rural way of life which was receding; while the second is more relevant to the urban life of the future. We move, first, to the region which was the most remote in Edwardian Britain from the industrial and commercial influences of the city: the Scottish north.