The tiny Cotswold village of Adlestrop inspired the famous poem by Edward Thomas, written in 1914 and recently celebrating its centenary.
The poem unlocked Thomas’s creative energies and pulled him out of a heavy depression. He was on his way to visit American poet Robert Frost in Herefordshire on 24 June 1914, when his train pulled up at Adlestrop station. Thomas’s sense of peace during that brief stop was immortalised in ‘Adlestrop’. This was in stark contrast to the brutality of WW1, which took his life only three years later.
Adlestrop Legend: The station no longer exists, but one of its original signs now adorns the village bus shelter, which houses a bench from the old platform. A plaque on the bench quotes Thomas’s poem.