Friday, 21 May 2010
A walk along the MacMillan Way from Chastleton to Adlestop
Yes I remember Adlestrop
The name because one afternoon,
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.
The Reverend Thomas Leigh, rector of the church in the late 18th and early 19th century, was Uncle to Jane Austen. Jane, her mother and sister Cassandra came to stay with him on a number of occasions.
And it’s probable that the grounds of Adlestrop Park and Adlestrop Rectory which you can see through the trees were landscaped by the great Humphry Repton and were mentioned in Jane’s novel Mansfield Park.
This is just a small village with some powerful literary connections. A stroll back to the village post office will enable you to buy some refreshments, teas and coffees and some delicious home made cakes.