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Adlestrop [1] is a small Cotswolds village (population 80) in the English county of Oxfordshire, close to the border with Gloucestershire. The village is located just off the road between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold (look for the signs).


Adlestrop is one of the more attractive of Cotswolds villages, the more so on account that it is far less frequented by mass tourism than many other neighbouring towns and villages.

The novelist Jane Austen was a visitor (her uncle was the church rector) and is thought to have drawn inspiration from the village and its surroundings for Mansfield Park.

Adlestrop poetry
Adlestrop is probably best known from the short poem of the same name, by the war poet Edward Thomas, whose verse captures for many the essential atmosphere of the English countryside in high summer:

Yes. I remember Adlestrop —
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop—only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

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The nearest pub is The Fox Inn at Oddington, within easy walking distance across Adlestrop Park.

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