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photoblog image A visit to Cropthorne 1 of 2

A visit to Cropthorne 1 of 2

Cropthorne is a large village in England, approximately 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Worcester. Cropthorne has a population of around 1000, with about 450 households. Located on a small ridge overlooking the River Avon, its ancient orchards sweep down to the river and offer clear, unbroken views across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills in the distance. It is featured in the Domesday Book, and its church dates back to the 12th century. The village has many unique examples of timber-framed thatched cottages from the 16th and 17th centuries, and about half the village is designated as a Conservation area. The village has a Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI.

Cropthorne has a post office and a primary school that serves Cropthorne and the neighbouring village of Charlton. It currently has two pubs The Bell Inn and The New Inn, both offering food and guest accommodation. The village of Fladbury is situated on the opposite bank of the River Avon, and the two communities are linked by the Jubilee Bridge. The Anglican parishes of Fladbury, Hill and Moor and Cropthorne are combined, with a single rector looking after all of the churches. Children from Cropthorne First School, go on to Bredon Hill Middle School, then Prince Henry's School in Evesham.

Cropthorne has a large playing field (the Sheppey), with a village hall and children's play area. Youth activities centre around the Sheppey Junior Sports Club, which currently has 5 junior football teams from U9 to U13. An adult football team also plays on the Sheppey.

In the year 2000 Cropthorne won the best kept medium village award.

A visit to Cropthorne 1 of 2

Cropthorne is a large village in England, approximately 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Worcester. Cropthorne has a population of around 1000, with about 450 households. Located on a small ridge overlooking the River Avon, its ancient orchards sweep down to the river and offer clear, unbroken views across the Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills in the distance. It is featured in the Domesday Book, and its church dates back to the 12th century. The village has many unique examples of timber-framed thatched cottages from the 16th and 17th centuries, and about half the village is designated as a Conservation area. The village has a Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI.

Cropthorne has a post office and a primary school that serves Cropthorne and the neighbouring village of Charlton. It currently has two pubs The Bell Inn and The New Inn, both offering food and guest accommodation. The village of Fladbury is situated on the opposite bank of the River Avon, and the two communities are linked by the Jubilee Bridge. The Anglican parishes of Fladbury, Hill and Moor and Cropthorne are combined, with a single rector looking after all of the churches. Children from Cropthorne First School, go on to Bredon Hill Middle School, then Prince Henry's School in Evesham.

Cropthorne has a large playing field (the Sheppey), with a village hall and children's play area. Youth activities centre around the Sheppey Junior Sports Club, which currently has 5 junior football teams from U9 to U13. An adult football team also plays on the Sheppey.

In the year 2000 Cropthorne won the best kept medium village award.

comments (24)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Sep 2011, 01:04
This rates a rare "humungous", Bill...I especially like that small collection of odd-shaped rocks on the grass at the left of the path.
Bill Phillips: You get quite a lot of them around old churches Ray. They sometimes have ancient graffiti scrawled on them too
Your framing and composition is very dramatic in B&W Bill.... the headstones adds much to the drama....and the sky just seems to explode....i like it....petersmile
Bill Phillips: These village churchyards are full of interesting old headstones
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Sep 2011, 04:52
This is a fab photo B/W work very well
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much vintage
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Sep 2011, 05:00
WOW Bill, this is almost 3D... that sky is fabulous, this is an outstanding picture, LOVE the drama!!!!
Bill Phillips: There have been some nice skies this summer. Have a good week Lady P
This worked out wonderfully! Terrific composition!
Bill Phillips: That is nice of you to say so Elizabeth
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Sep 2011, 06:35
With that kind of award, Bill, along with this image, it looks like a village we would love to see one year!
Bill Phillips: We have a number of rather nice villages around and about in rural Worcestershire Ginnie.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 19 Sep 2011, 06:45
This would be as dull as ditch water were it not for a sky full of cloud Bill. I have never heard of Crapthorne so shqll have to look it up sometime. So, a good phot but why not colour???
Bill Phillips: no reason why you should have heard of it really Chad. Let's face it if I didn't live in Droitwich you probably would never have heard of that either. Colour would just have been choccie box and you wouldn't want me doing choccie box would you?
bet the inhabitants of cropthorne wouldn't recognize this
Bill Phillips: Only those from the Dark side Richard
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Sep 2011, 07:50
Very good Blackbear: the sky is a riot
Bill Phillips: It has been a goo year for skies, you shed must be bulging with them
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 19 Sep 2011, 08:35
Well choccie box would be an opportunity to hurl more insults.
Bill Phillips: True but you don't need any help
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Sep 2011, 09:20
Super photo Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Mike
This is quire a shot, Bill. Very dramatic and very nice.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Mary. Pleased you like it
It does look great in B/W and the sky is wonderful Bill
Bill Phillips: There have been some good skies around this year
simply excellent
Bill Phillips: Thank you Ayush. That is very nice of you
I think this is a superb picture Bill. The sky is just wonderful. I like this very much.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Frances. I'm delighted!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Sep 2011, 11:41
Oh Bill, I hear the trumpet of the Last Judgement ... the sky is darkening, a storm is coming up... - let's convert to doing good actions like you are doing every month - please, you may put in a good word for me when ..., yes?
Bill Phillips: I don't think anyone will need to put in a goo word for you Philine, An old heretic like me however....:d
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Sep 2011, 11:42
An impressive picture, great twiddler!
Bill Phillips: Not much twiddle just a conversion to b&w and a few adjustments smile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Sep 2011, 12:53
such drama!
Bill Phillips: Cheers Paul
  • Alan
  • Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 19 Sep 2011, 14:11
You make it sound quite idyllic, Bill, and this is backed up by a fine image. I'm not normally keen on b&w landscapes but this works well here especially with that sky. A fine image!
Bill Phillips: It is a very pretty village Alan
Love the drama of this, very nice.
Bill Phillips: Thanks John. It was a nice sky!
That is a stunning shot. You will have people flocking there.

My question is that if they were the best medium village, did they have many seances?
Bill Phillips: LOL!!! Strange things go on in English villages Michael. Nice of you to pay a visit hope all is well with you
Excellent capture & composition! Bill, Black and White works well also.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Sue, it worked for me in b&w smile
You've come up with a winner her Bill, lovely village scene and a great presentation.
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Brian
Great shot, really does work in B&W.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Fred

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