|Ringstead is located in the top west corner of
Norfolk - two miles inland from
Hunstanton. The area is known for its chalk
grassland and (by Norfolk standards) is surprisingly
© Pete Bromage
In 1927 Ringstead Mill was purchased by Professor
Francis MacDonald Cornford who was a poet and a
classical scholar based at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He was married to Frances Cornford (1886-1960), the
granddaughter of Charles Darwin, who was also a poet.
Frances Cornford published a number of collections of
poetry including Travelling Home (1948) which
Cottage which was inspired by a house in the
village. In this well-observed poem, she details the
simple comforts of the cottage while a storm rages
Travelling Home also contains her delightful
short poem entitled The Coast: Norfolk
|As on the
highway's quiet edge
He mows the grass beside the hedge,
The old man has for company
The distant, grey, salt-smelling sea,
A poppied field, a cow and calf,
The finches on the telegraph.
Across his faded back a
He slowly, slowly scythes alone
In silence of the wind-soft air,
With ladies' bedstraw everywhere,
With whitened corn, and tarry poles,
And far-off gulls like risen souls.