It takes faith.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Boyd 
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  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]> 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."