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Bench from Adlestrop Station made famous by Edward Thomas


(Associated Place)


nominated by: Alison Dalwood

Edward Thomas was a great poet. This landmark is a moving place for anyone who appreciates his poetry. The poem Adlestrop, is inscribed on a metal plate attached to the bench and if you visit in spring or early summer you can hear "all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire". The station is now closed and the bench was rescued and removed here some time ago. Thomas was interested in the phenomena of time and place and the connection of our imagination and consciousness to a particular moment. Visiting the place mentioned in the poem makes a connection with us and him.
The village is unspoilt and was visited by Thomas in his short life. The church has postcards with the poem written on them.

Contact Information

name: Alison Dalwood
email: alison@angelus.demon.co.uk

Station sign and bench at Adlestrop village, also the Church
The village is a short drive off the A436 near Stow on the Wold. The bench is at the edge of the village and Edward Thomas's poem is on a plaque on the bench. He also visited the church. You can park in the carpark of the village hall.



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