Adlestrop

  • Adlestrop church (copyright Philip Halling)
  • Adlestrop former station sign

Adlestrop (‘Tedestrop’ in the Domesday Book) is a beautiful rural village located approximately 4 and 6 miles from the main market towns of Stow on the Wold and Chipping Norton respectively.

The village has been immortalised in literature thanks to poet Edward Thomas’ poem, Adlestrop, inspired by a train journey taken by Thomas. Though Adlestrop Station no longer exists, some relics remain - the station sign has been re-situated in the village’s attractive bus shelter.

Transport Links

Adlestrop’s close proximity to Stow on the Wold and Chipping Norton mean that residents are only a short distance from two of the Cotswolds’ most lively towns.

What’s there to see and do?

Adlestrop Cricket Club is a small village club (joined with Dalesford and Oddington) – playing league cricket on Saturdays and friendlies on Sundays. If you are a keen angler, there is a fishing lake – open for day or membership.

Racehorse Trainer Richard Phillips is based in Adlestrop and can often be seen with his team exercising the horses through the village.

Amenities

The residents of Adlestrop are lucky enough to still have a village shop and Post Office - open every day except Wednesdays - and selling items such as milk, bread, ice-creams, drinks, and confectionary to postcards of the village. During the summer, outside seating is also available.

The 13th century Church of St Mary Magdalene was substantially rebuilt in the 18th century.

Daylesford Organic Farmshop at nearby Daylesford sells everything from fresh fruit and veg, to meats, wines and cheeses, right through to clothing and homeware. The farmshop is also open for breakfast and lunch, and there is a a Spa and Cookery School, too!

Schools

Primary-age children from the area typically attend either Stow on the Wold Primary or Blockley Primary. Secondary students attend The Cotswold School in Bourton on the Water or Chipping Campden’s secondary school.

Trivia

The village has some interesting literary links. The novelist Jane Austen visited Adlestrop House (formerly the rectory) between 1794 and 1806, when the occupant was Rev. Thomas Leigh, her mother's cousin. It is thought that she drew her inspiration for her novel ‘Mansfield Park’ from the village and surroundings.

Then there’s Edward Thomas’ poem, reproduced here in full (read more about Thomas in our article here):

Adlestrop, by Edward Thomas

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.

Church and shop images courtesy of Philip Halling