Butt Lane, by John Prophet (Canon J R H Prophet), 1984
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The sketch shows the view from the gateway of the old railway yard, looking
down Butt Lane toward Keith and Addie Roythorne's newsagent "The Bottom Shop"
on Main Street. The yard of the Manor House is to the left (see the rooks
circling their nests), the Berkeley Arms to the right, and St. Peter's
Butt Lane has reverted to its original name since the dismantling of the
railway - for several years it was called Station Road. The wide flat field
to its east was set up with archery butts in days of yore. Butt Lane leads
northward from the village, and takes you past the Windmill. Further along,
the lane divides in three, one branch being the Old Mere - a section of
Approach the village with due caution - there are often people walking dogs and
going up to the Windmill, and the bridge over the old railway-line has a bit
of a hump. If you are cycling in winter, be aware that it can be slippery at
the junction with Main Street.
Dedicated to the memory of Squirrel, a 4-year-old ginger cat
who made his final crossing of Butt Lane in May, 1999.