Sunday, January 06, 2013

St Michael and All Angels, Cwm Head

Take the lane down the hill from Hamperley Farm and you will come to the little mid-Victorian church of St Michael and All Angels at Cwm Head.

It is set on a busy B road, which makes it positively dangerous to photograph, but I did like this outbuilding in the corner of the churchyard. It is said to be a relic of the days when worshippers would arrive here by pony and trap.

A note at the end of Mystery at Witchend, Malcolm Saville's first Lone Pine story, published in 1943, says the book was written at Cwm Head, Shropshire, and Westend Farm, Wheathampstead.

Saville's wife and children came to stay at Cwm Head House, behind the church, to get away from the war. The house used to belong to friends of a friend, so I had the chance to look around it.

There is a lovely old glasshouse with cacti to the rear, and I like to think that Saville sat in there with his typewriter.

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