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Record 1786

Reading Experience:

'In [Ashington Mechanics' Institute] library [Chester Armstrong] discovered a "new world", a "larger environment" in Defoe, Marryat, Fenimore Cooper, Dickens and Jules Verne.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: unknown
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Ashington
specific address: Mechanics' Institute Library
other location: Mechanics' Institute Library
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Chester Armstrong
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1868
Socio-economic group: Labourer (non-agricultural)
Occupation: miner
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Daniel Defoe
Title: n/a
Genre: Fiction
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)
Ashington Mechanics' Institute Library


Source Information:

Record ID: 1786  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jonathan Rose
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
  Place of Publication: New Haven
  Date of Publication: 2001
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 74
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (New Haven, 2001), p. 74,, accessed: 01 February 2023

Additional comments:

See Chester Amrstrong, 'Pilgrimage from Nenthead'.



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