chapter  3
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3THE O LD COMMUN IT Y

The equipment required to make a record of the smaller buildings of a parish is very simple. The peasant house is a farming tool. It expresses the character of the local farming of rural society. These are really discursive remarks on the subject, which has been little studied in this country. The little rill or household spout murmuring in all seasons; combine these incidents and images together, and one have the representative idea of a mountain cottage in this country so beautifully formed in itself, and so richly adorned by the hand of Nature. There are a number of documentary sources which supplement the evidence of the actual buildings and are equally valuable for this purpose. It is important that the historian of a town should pay close attention to the houses within his purview, since they are in such extreme danger of destruction.