Category Archive: A visit to…

A visit to… Steep

View from Shoulder of Mutton Hill, Steep

Taking the Edward Thomas walk in the area immediately surrounding the village of Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire, it is quite easy to see why the poet fell in love with this corner of England. He was renowned for temporarily absconding from the family home, in order to soak up the atmosphere in the countryside. […]

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A visit to… Bateman’s – Splendid Isolation

Bateman's

In 1902, when Rudyard Kipling purchased Bateman’s for £9,300, he was buying himself a little piece of England, and the privacy which he and his family craved. Now, over a hundred years later, the property is maintained and managed by the National Trust and very little has changed since his widow, Carrie, bequeathed the house […]

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A Visit to… Mells

Mells Church, Somerset

Although Siegfried Sassoon never lived in the village of Mells, it is a remarkably fitting resting-place for the poet and author – in a quintessentially English churchyard, surrounded by lush green fields, which reflect his life-long love of the countryside.

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