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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.
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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]> 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."
 
 
CR