Having served for over 30 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, David became a senior Civil Servant working on legislation in Parliament and Brussels. He and his wife retired to Downton in Wiltshire. He realised it had a long and fascinating history so he tried to draw all that was known together in 'Downton: 7000 years of an English village'. He has published two other books.
This book is about people. Many of them are from one English, Devon family, the Waymouths. Most of are of little importance as the world judges importance. Together they tell a 1,000 year story which is of the essence English. For a generation which has forgotten or never knew its roots, perhaps it will touch some chord.
Much more than just a history of one old Wiltshire village this is the story - all 7000 years of it - of rural England from its beginnings to the present. People lived in Downton when Stonehenge was built and probably helped. Today it is a busy, happy home for their descendants.