Scope and Content

Contains: research files, photographs and slides concerning agricultural shows, arbroath smokies, archery, barns, basket makers, beer brewing, bell ringing, besom brooms, boat building, book binding, book gilding, bootmaking, bricks, carts, Capability Brown, chairs, charcoal burning, church bell ropes, clay pipes, clogs, coopering, coracles, cork, corn dollies, country cider, cricket balls, cricket bat willow, cricket bats, deer, delabole slates, dew ponds, dovecotes, falconry, feathers, finnan haddocks, fire fighting, fishing rods, flint knapping, fly tying, Forest of Dean, forestry, gates, gloves, gypsies, half timbered/crucks, hawks, hay rakes, hedges, hops, horn, horse hair, hurdlemakers, kippers, knitting, lacemakers, lavender growing, leather bottels, liberty bells, lobster creeks, malt, mills, millwrights, open air museums, net making, nets/traps, New Forest, Oak bark tanning, Old fashioned gardens, oysters, packwood, paper, parchment, ploughing, ponds, potter, punishments, Purbeck marble, quilting, rope, saddle trees, saddlery, Salisbury Plain, Salt, saving a barn, seaweed, Sequoia trees, sheep, sheep bells, sheep dogs, sheep shearing, Shergold wrought iron, shire horses, snuff, spale baskets, spinning wheels, stone roofs, stone walls, sundials, Sussex trug baskets, swans, taxidermy, teazels, thatcher, topiary, traction engines, trees, truffle hunting, turning wood, vellum, wagons, walking sticks, water divining, water meadows, weaving, wessex hill figures, westonbirt arboretum, wheels, whips for riding, willow grower, windmills, wrought iron, articles by J E Manners; albums of photographs on wheelwright, saddler and horsehair, thatching, stone, bricks and pottery, book gilding, marbling of paper, violin making, salt works, Welsh spoons, agriculture, spinning and milling, wood; topographical slides including: Aberdeen Market, Ammerdown House, Athelhampton, Audley End, Barrington, Belvoir, Bilkington Hall, Blaise Hamlet, Breamore, Burghley, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Compton Wynyates, Coughton, Dartington, Doddington, Dryham, Felbrigg, Haddon, Hale Park, Hampton, Harewood, Hatfield, Hever Castle, Ickworth, Kedleston, Knebworth, Knole, Lanhydrock, Lytes Cary, Melford Hall, Montacute, Newby Hall, Osterley, Oxburgh, Paycocks Coggleshall, Penshurst, Portsoy, Ragley Hall, Rousham, Saltram House, Shaws Corner, Sherborne, Shugborough, Tininhull, The Vyne, Westonbirt, Woollatton

Administrative / Biographical History

John Manners began photographing and writing about rural crafts and other activities around 1970. His articles, illustrated with his own photos, appeared frequently in such journals as County Life, The Field and The Countryman. He also wrote several books, including County Crafts in Pictures and Country Crafts Today, .


C1-108 Research material [including reference material; correspondence; published and draft copies of work]

D1-4 Reference Material

F1-49 Draft copies of work

H1-101 Photographs: prints [from research files]

H102-109 Photographs albums

H110-199 Photographs: slides

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Accession number DX374


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 19 December 2002

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