By Tony Dixon
This is a much expanded and updated second edition of the book originally published by the author in 2013. Additional research conducted in the intervening years means that the book has trebled in size. It now includes not only a more complete biography of William Ayres (1806-1872) and his family but also looks back at earlier generations, individuals who lived in the early 18th century in the borderlands of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Kent, Sussex and Middlesex. Associated families are examined in detail too with references to the surnames Smith, Hearn, Gray/Grey, Loveridge, Horton, Webb, Fletcher, Anscombe and Blackwell, among others. The book also includes a series of colour photos of the author in the process of restoring vintage bow-tops and a knife-grinder’s barrow and creating hand-painted rocking horses.
A5, 156 pages with black-and-white and colour photographs
Published by Edward Gaskell, Devon, 2019