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Unmitigated England

Great Central Railway, Sheffield Victoria to Banbury by Sir John Betjeman ‘Unmitigated England’ Came swinging down the line That day the February sun Did crisp and crystal shine. Dark red at Kirkby Bentinck stood A steeply gabled farm ‘Mid ash … Continue reading

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No one left and no one came

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. … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Shadwell Stair

I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair,     Along the wharves by the water-house,     And through the cavernous slaughter-house, I am the shadow that walks there. Yet I have flesh both firm and cool,     And eyes tumultuous as the gems,     Of … Continue reading

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Parliament Hill Fields

A Winter Tree on Parliament Hill Parliament Hill Fields Rumbling under blackened girders, Midland, bound for Cricklewood, Puffed its sulphur to the sunset where that Land of Laundries stood. Rumble under, thunder over, train and tram alternate go, Shake the … Continue reading

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