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Dymock

Small village famous for the group of poets who lived here before World War I and also for the wild daffodils that grow in the nearby field and woods

Towns and Villages in or near Newent


Description

Dymock boasts some fine old brick buildings, including the White House and the Old Rectory near the church, and outside the village, the Old Grange, which incorporates the remains of the Cistercian Flaxley Abbey. At the heart of the village is the early Norman Church of St Mary, whose unusual collection of artefacts and memorabilia includes the last ticket issued at Dymock station, in 1959.

In the years before World War I, Dymock became the base for a group of writers who became known as the Dymock Poets. The group, which included Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Gibson, Edward Thomas and Lascelles Abercrombie, and was later joined by Robert Frost, sent out its New Numbers poetry magazine from Dymock's tiny post office, and it was also from here that Brooke published his War Sonnets, including The Soldier (If I should die, think only this of me...). Brooke and Thomas died in the War, which led to the dissolution of the group. Two circular walks from Dymock, take in places associated with the poets (further details).

Wild daffodils grow in the woods around Dymock and in the spring walks are held through through the fields and woods when the daffodils are at their best (further details).  

The soft cheese, Stinking Bishop, popularised in the Wallace and Gromit film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is made in the village. The cheese is washed in the juice of pears of the same name.

Population: 1,214 (2011)


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Location


Dymock
Gloucestershire
GL18 2AQ
O/S Ref: SO6931

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Situated 3 miles north of Newent on the B4216.

  • Newent