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#470772 - 8th Feb 2011 11:31am Under a spreading...
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...Chestnut tree.

I expect many of you will identify this, but does anyone know when the Chestnut tree went?
It used to be a fine sight & was almost certainly planted to acknowledge Longfellow's poem, which happens to be one of my favourites.


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#470797 - 8th Feb 2011 12:42pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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Scratching my recall here, looks so familar, but been a long time since I was around there. Is that place near 'The Cheshire Cat'? Is is called Ma's something? Or am I dazed and confused here?

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#470804 - 8th Feb 2011 1:00pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: Erainn]
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Dazed & confused. If you mean the Cheshire Cat on the A41 near Waverton, you're miles out.
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#470809 - 8th Feb 2011 1:11pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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I know it's the Thornton Hough blacksmiths but i have no idea when the tree went. I'm guessing old photos would be the best chance of narrowing it down.

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#470812 - 8th Feb 2011 1:23pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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blew down in a storm about three years ago mate.

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#470813 - 8th Feb 2011 1:32pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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Sounds about right smile

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#470816 - 8th Feb 2011 1:44pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: Erainn]
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Thanks, snapper; it's not been gone long then. Good job it didn't fall on the forge.
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#471051 - 9th Feb 2011 6:01am Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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Under the spreading chestnut tree
The village smith he stands
The muscles on his mighty arms
Stood out like sparrows kneecaps.

At least that's how me Dad quoted it to me when I were a lad!

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#471147 - 9th Feb 2011 11:13am Re: Under a spreading... [Re: Tatey]
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LOL
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#471162 - 9th Feb 2011 11:46am Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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My Dad used to say:-
Under the spreading chestnut tree
the village SMITHY stands ...What is it really?

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#471163 - 9th Feb 2011 11:48am Re: Under a spreading... [Re: woodley]
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For Ruth

The Village Blacksmith
Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.


His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.


Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.


And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff from a threshing-floor.


He goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
He hears his daughter's voice,
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.


It sounds to him like her mother's voice,
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
A tear out of his eyes.


Toiling,---rejoicing,---sorrowing,
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.


Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
Each burning deed and thought.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
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#471171 - 9th Feb 2011 12:08pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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BRILLIANT Bert. Thank you {I knew you'd know].
Here's another one for you [don't know How you spell any of this mind] from my Dad too.

And up spake Splorious Splatus [sic] of Tuscan blood was he
I will stand at thy right hand and guard the bridge with thee.

It was many years before I found out it was "Tuscan blood" I always thought it was "tusk and blood".


Edited by ruth0339 (9th Feb 2011 12:14pm)

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#471177 - 9th Feb 2011 12:43pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: woodley]
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Thomas Macaulay,(1800-1859). His poem "Horatius" tells the story of how Horatius, with two companions, held a bridge against an army.

Then out spake Spurius Lartius;
A Ramnian proud was he:
"Lo, I will stand at thy right hand,
And keep the bridge with thee."
And out spake strong Herminius;
Of Titian blood was he:
"I will abide on thy left side,
And keep the bridge with thee."
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#471194 - 9th Feb 2011 1:05pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: chriskay]
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Thanks Chris. Amazing what you blokes know. Poor ol' Dad was way off on that one tho' Bet he's up there laughing at me now!

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#471229 - 9th Feb 2011 3:09pm Re: Under a spreading... [Re: woodley]
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Well, Ruth, the older we get, the more useless information we accumulate. oldman
Although I learned "The Village Blacksmith" by heart & can still recite it (except I don't: it makes me cry), I never did learn "Horatious". It's nearly 600 lines long, as oppose to 48 for the "Blacksmith".
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