Rectory Drive Elms, Blagdon

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2 Responses to “Rectory Drive Elms, Blagdon”


  1. 1 Olga Shotton January 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    When I stayed with Grandma Watts as a child, I was always woken in the morning by the raucous cawing of the rooks in these trees. Grandma lived just on the opposite side of the road.

  2. 2 Robert Sampson June 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    So sad, Olga, that these elms have perished in the wake of the Dutch elm disease. It’s as if part of your young life has been erased. Many of those rooks were culled annually by the farmers in their rook shoot. I wonder if your Grandma was related to Angela and Cherry Watts, two girls I knew in Shipham when I was a young lad staying with my aunt & uncle, the Lyons family at Rowberrow.


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