Thursday, 23 April 2009



Time for another quaint English town! A short while ago we happened to pass through Marlborough, and my husband suggested we could stop for lunch - and you've probably worked out by now that I don't turn down food!


We ate at a cafe called Appleby's, and somehow managed to fill ourselves up (with homemade soup, potato wedges, and coffee) to the extent that we left without sampling their amazing-looking cakes. Won't make that mistake next time! The food was very tasty, though, and the atmosphere upstairs was lovely.

We also made time for a short walk around the town, taking in William Golding's house (which we hadn't known was there)...

William Golding plaque

... and some fascinatingly knobbly trees!

Trees in Marlborough

I believe it's a form of coppicing where they chop off all the branches each year (but leaving the main trunk), however I don't know much about it. Anyone wiser than me?


Holler said...

That looks like a lovely little coffee shop! It is so nice stumbling across a little gem like this :)

Ian said...

William Golding taught at the same boys' school, Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury, all of his lfe, which is where he got the idea for Lord of the Rings from. I think that's a rather sad Mr Chips style of life in terms of actual living, but how I would love to leave his wonderful literary legacy.

Wilthsire is oe of England's most underrated and least known counties.

Kazzy said...

Looks like a really nice little town. Glad you had fun. Remember the cake!

Lynda said...

What a delightfully charming looking little town - like something out of a story book :)

GingerV said...

England is very beautiful. I enjoyed your photos.

phd in yogurtry said...

very much enjoy your pictures .. rural, small towns, all of it. It's especially interesting to see the towns and cities of inspiration for names prevalent here, "marlborough" is one (shortened in Texas, marlboro, unfortunately)

Anonymous said...

I simply adore your posts with pictures of small English towns (or any other travel-related post of yours for that matter!) You always have the most intriguing pictures and experiences which to share with us poor souls (aka me) who insist of spending their days in one area and one area only.

It is indeed a kind of coppicing that when practised leaves almost nothing but a bare stem. It looks terrible: "Oh no, they scalped the tree!" But fact is that it makes the future canopy a lot denser and lusher. It is quite fascinating what people do to please their eyes and tame nature, is it not?

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