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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2020 5:07PM
Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

(Edward Thomas, 1916)

I'm guessing that it has changed very little since.

SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2020 11:42AM

Quote:Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

(Edward Thomas, 1916)

I'm guessing that it has changed very little since.




Moira, I didn't know about this poem but it conjures up a wonderful image of a time gone by. You are right, the village seems hardly changed at all. You can still hear the birdsong and apart from a couple of cyclists and a local sat by the post office with her dog, all was peaceful.

Although trains still go through the village there are few signs of the station that was axed in the 60s. We spotted the station sign which is still there inside the town bus shelter. I've uploaded a little picture of this as a version just for interest but it's not my photo.

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