If you want to really understand the late Victorian countryside, Richard Jefferies is a fine chronicler of rural England. His books on the rural way of life, superb essays and novels, give a wonderful picture of England at that time.
To start with do look at the excellent website of the Richard Jefferies Society at http://www.richardjefferiessociety.co.uk/membership.html where you can read all about Jefferies’s works and about his life. There’s even a film about Jefferies Country.
I find Richard Jefferies’ work a great inspiration.
This is a good time to join the Richard Jefferies Society as you will receive all the publications produced for members for 2016-17 and those due for the 2017-18 subscription year.