Saturday, December 5, 2015

My View #170 - The Way it Used to Be - and Now

Many, many years ago, small villages grew out of people's needs to be together and help one another. Typically, there was a little village square, with four sides and a road or opening to each corner or side. Mainly the needs led to a food store, a clothing store, a bank and a church. These important buildings were small and primitive, but a good place to meet, in the square. These sorts of villages still exist in some parts of the world, but are now more or less tourist attractions that people love to visit.

Most of these villages grew up near or on a river bank or a lake, the need for water and wood was very urgent. The only means of travel was on foot or horseback. So these villages grew and as more people came there, and more people were born there, the villages spread, new paths and a few buildings followed the river in both directions, causing more types of work, and changed the villages into towns. Time moved on and things improved, but travel was still by foot or horse-drawn carts.

Village life changed in many wants, hostels and pubs came with the new buildings, industry of women put materials they wove and sold, to busy buyers from other villages, causing more travel, overnight stays, and bringing interest into how to make travel better. "The coach and four" came on the scene, so a good walk became a ride to town. The "Dick Whittington" story is of this period in history.

Trains people were very busy about this time, and preparing the world for new treats that give us so much pleasure today. Trains changed many things, one of them had many people learning to tell time by a clock and not just by weather and the sun. (Incorrect. Timekeeping devices have been around since 2000 BCE.At this time trains were short, bunty, noisy things, time brings changes.

This whole story is based in England, years later Canada learned how good train travel was and worked accordingly. This is about the time the little old villages had grown into enormous cities, and all who could did a lot of travelling how times had changed. Then cars were made and towns changed very quickly.

All these things of change in the world are written up in books for all to read. It is excellent reading, and this is the end of this little glimpse into the past by me. Good night.

Mom/Letty
September 2, 2009

If you are looking for historical accuracy, please do not count on this post. Letty's interest in history is remarkable, although her knowledge did not match her curiosity.

Here are a few useful links if you want an accurate picture of the growth of towns and cities:

http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/corbieyu-1638090-growth-towns-cities/

https://www.quora.com/What-cause-the-growth-of-towns-and-cities-in-the-Medieval-period

https://books.google.com/books?id=VFSQAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA36&lpg=PA36&dq=the+growth+of+towns+and+cities+was+made+easier+by+railways&source=bl&ots=U_4poWwgvv&sig=WhwuVfmHnGgUB0DQIgBdoTggfnI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQlsGDxMXJAhUJnYMKHTHkANgQ6AEIKzAF#v=onepage&q=the%20growth%20of%20towns%20and%20cities%20was%20made%20easier%20by%20railways&f=false