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Taken from the article at
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/hands-off-our-land/8839206/Hands-Off-Our-Land-the-fight-to-protect-TS-Eliots-village.html


The view from St Michael's Church in East Coker, Somerset, where the 
ashes of TS Eliot are interred
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02032/coker-before_2032512c.jpg


How the view from St Michael's Church in East Coker might look if plans 
for a new development go ahead
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02032/coker-after_2032526c.jpg



On 11/2/2011 12:48 AM, Peter Montgomery wrote:
> It takes faith.
> P.
>
>     ----- Original Message -----
>     *From:* David Boyd <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>     *To:* [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>     *Sent:* Monday, October 31, 2011 4:45 AM
>     *Subject:* Re: OT - East Coker, again
>
>     An excursion to East Coker (and the Helyar Arms) is on the
>     itinerary of London Uni's marvellous annual International TSE
>     Summer School, which is under the masterly direction of Prof Ron
>     Schuchard of Emory Uni
>     The place must once have been very rural, but is now virtually a
>     suburb of the adjacent large manufacturing town of Yeovil, and if
>     the housing development goes ahead, it will become even more so.
>     Not In my Back Yard come to mind as regards the protestors, but
>     can't help feeling that there must be far more nonedescript
>     locations to build (much-needed) new housing, without desecrating
>     such a world-class heritage site
>     It's so sad to see so many beautiful and historic town and city
>     churches* looking totally out of context, marooned as they are
>     amongst urban architectural nasty, tatty, shoddiness - hope East
>     Coker can escape such a fate.
>     * eg Wren's city of London churches; St Mary Redcliffe in central
>     Bristol etc etc etc
>
>
>     On 31 October 2011 11:13, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]
>     <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>
>         East Coker: "a mythic place"
>         Roger Housden
>         The Huffington Post
>         31 Oct 2011
>         "And the old church, where Eliot's ashes are buried, where
>         crusaders have lain undisturbed
>         for seven hundred years, and where William Dampier was finally
>         laid to rest."
>         "Dampier, born in the village in 1651, was a legendary
>         adventurer who circumnavigated the
>         world three times and was the first Englishman to explore
>         Australia and New Guinea. His
>         memoirs inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe. For
>         Eliot, Dampier was a powerful
>         metaphor for ceaseless exploration which ends finally in
>         returning home. Tiny East Coker,
>         home to just 1,750 souls, easily grows large in the mind."
>         http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-housden/ts-eliots-village-bares-i_b_1023149.html
>
>         CR
>
>