Sunday, April 22, 2007

From behind 2.24

The Cotswold Country, old and quaint, ridden with ghosts and legends, is today very much on the tourist route. After "doing" Oxford, it seems a shame not to travel on another twenty miles or so to see some of the historic village with the picturesque names— Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton, Minster Lovell, Burford [...]
For some reason Swinbrook, only three miles away, seems to have escaped the tourist trade, and has remained as I remember it more than thirty years ago. In the tiny village post office the same four kinds of sweets—toffee, acid drops, Edinburgh Rock and butterscotch— are still displayed in the same four large cut-glass jars in the window.

Jessica Mitford, Hons and Rebels. (Gollancz, 1960), p.9.


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