Every Picture Tells a Story     December 2017


Adlestrop  is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It is recorded as Tedestrop in the Domesday Book. In the 2011 census, it had a population of 120.  This small Gloucestershire village deep in the heart of the Cotswolds is renowned for its surrounding countryside and fine walks. Situated off the main A436 road between Stow-on-the-Wold and "The Greedy Goose" near Salford, Oxfordshire, it is a geographically isolated community, with the village post office near the church being the main source of provisions and physical communication. Adlestrop's cricket club plays at Adlestrop Park

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

Coughton  Court

Coughton Court is an English Tudor country house, situated on the main road between Studley and Alcester in Warwickshire. It is a Grade I listed building.

The house has a long crenelated façade directly facing the main road, at the centre of which is the Tudor Gatehouse, dating from 1530; this has hexagonal turrets and oriel windows in the English Renaissance style. The gatehouse is the oldest part of the house and is flanked by later wings, in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style, popularised by Horace Walpole.

Upton house

Upton House is a country house in the civil parish of Ratley and Upton, in the English county of Warwickshire, about 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Banbury, Oxfordshire. It is in the care of the National Trust.

The house was built on the site of the hamlet of Upton, which was destroyed in about 1500 when the land was cleared for pasture.[1] The estate passed through various hands until the early 16th century when it was bought by Sir William Danvers. It remained with the Danvers family until 1688 when Sir Rushout Cullen purchased the estate for £7,000 (equivalent to £1,140,000 in 2015).[2] Cullen built the house for himself in about 1695.

In 1757 the house was bought by banker Francis Child for use as a hunting lodge and it remained in the Jersey family until the end of the 19th century when it was held by George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey.[3] In 1927 the estate was acquired by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, who owed his fortune to the fact that his father Marcus Samuel was the founder of the oil company Shell Transport & Trading. Lord Bearsted donated the house, gardens and art collection to the National Trust in 1948.

Cotswold cottage

War memorial at Churchill Village


Church at Churchill, Oxfordshire

Church at Churchill, Oxfordshire

Countryside near Chastleton

Farm near Chastleton

Dovecote at Chastleton House

Shooting a move at the National Trusts Chastleton House

The train stop sign has down graded to the bus stop

The stables at Coughton Court

Out buildings at Coughton Court

National Trust's Coughton Court

Coughton Court, views from the tower

Coughton Court, views from the tower

Coughton Court, views from the tower

Coughton Court, views from the tower

Coughton Court, views from inside

Coughton Court window

The interior at Coughton Court

The interior at Coughton Court where you can sit on the furniture!

The interior at Coughton Court where you can sit on the furniture!

Coughton Court view of the tower

Coughton Court view of the tower

Timber-fraimed homes near Coughton Court

The driveway to the National Trust's Upton House

The front lawn at Upton House

The front lawn at Upton House

The front lawn at Upton House

Front view of Upton House The garden shop at Upton House

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