A – Z of Locations: B is for Bredon Hill

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

B is for Bredon Hill

Bredon Hill is a hill in Worcestershire, England, south-west of Evesham in the Vale of Evesham. The hill is geologically part of the Cotswolds and lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The scenery is dramatic…with spectacular 360 degree views across the Vale of Evesham, the Cotswolds and the Malverns.
Barn on Bredon Hill

Being interested in A E Housman’s poems we had to visit the top of Bredon Hill (pronounced Bree duhn) when we spent a few days on holiday in the north Cotswolds.

There are a number of well-defined trails and on a clear day the views are excellent.

‘Bredon Hill’ is poem number twenty-one in “A Shropshire Lad” and it narrates the story of a lover who lost a loved one.

In summertime on Bredon
The bells they sound so clear;
Round both the shires they ring them
In steeples far and near,
A happy noise to hear.

click here for the complete poem and a musical setting by David Harley from his CD ‘Tears of Morning”


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

30 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: B is for Bredon Hill”

    1. Yes, the towns and villages and countyside are beautiful. Like here it’s an area that suffers from too many second homes, holiday lets and over tourism.

      1. Weren’t the authorities making it a law that people couldn’t buy houses in the Cornwall area as second homes? I remember there was a big debate about it when housesitting in the Camelford area.

        1. I believe some towns have banned new builds being sold as holiday lets, but I don’t know how that is enforced, and council tax has been doubled on second homes.

  1. I’ve never thought to look up Bredon Hill when reading Housman’s poem – how incurious of me – but it’s clearly a place well worth getting to know.

  2. How coincidental that Bredon Hill is your choice for B, Jude. In her younger years Michaela lived in the shadow of Bredon Hill in a place called Great Cumberton. At the time she was a showjumper – destined for and dreaming of stardom – and living and working in stables. She remembers it with huge affection. The stardom bit didn’t cone to fruition but she has remained a lover of horses ever since.

  3. England has such beautiful countryside. I’m always struck by it when we’re over there for a visit. For such a small island with so many people, there is so much unspoiled land. It really is ‘green and pleasant’ to behold. Lovely photos and poem, Jude.

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