Here's a virtual movie of the English poet Edward Thomas reading his best known poem "Adlestrop" Thomas was killed in WW1 in Arras France this genteel little poem about a sleepy little railway station he once stopped on the train in has since become seen as a symbol of how England was to change and lose its innocence after the terrible losses of World War One.

Adlestrop was immortalised by Edward Thomas's poem "Adlestrop" which was first published in 1917. The poem describes an uneventful journey Thomas took on 24 June 1914 on an Oxford to Worcester express. The train made an unscheduled stop at Adlestrop station. He did not alight from the train, but describes a moment of calm pause in which he hears "all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire". The railway station closed in 1966; however, the local bus shelter contains a bench that was originally on the platform. A plaque on the bench quotes Thomas's original poem.

Adlestrop (formerly Titlestrop or Edestrop) is a village and civil parish in the English county of Gloucestershire. It is known as Tedestrop in the Domesday Book.
The civil parish also includes the village of Daylesford. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 153.

Philip Edward Thomas (3 March 1878 -- 9 April 1917) was an Anglo-Welsh poet and essayist. He is commonly considered a war poet, although few of his poems deal directly with his war experiences. Already an accomplished writer, Thomas turned to poetry only in 1914. In 1915, he enlisted in the British Army to fight in the First World War and was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in 1917, soon after he arrived in France.

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Jim Clark
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