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Sent: Monday, October 31,
2011 4:45 AM
Subject: Re: OT - East
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]>
East Coker: "a mythic place"
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."