It seems entirely possible that the photographer in question was a local enthusiast with a passion for capturing village life through his lens.
At this age, the world should have been at Asher’s feet, along with his treasured model steam train. But, as was so often the case for many country-dwelling families at that time, life was uncertain. Constantly moving from one tied cottage to another. Having a bread-winner with a thirst for beer that was hard to quench. Watching helplessly while siblings fought and lost battles with commonplace, childhood diseases.
He left school at 14 years old, and took up a position assisting a gardener at the ‘big house’, before weeding his way to more skilful work. Over the years, he learnt how to thatch, make hazel hurdles, layer hedges along with mastering of the art of coppicing,.
He came through it all, a countryman all his long life, and lived to see his 92nd birthday before passing on in 2002.
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