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Memorial to nature writer Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) who wrote about Liddington Hill. Jefferies wanderings across the Wiltshire downlands are thought to have inspired his mystical rapport with nature, as expressed most fully in his autobiography ‘The Story of My Heart’. When Jefferies stood on Liddington Hill, he enjoyed a view ‘over broad plain, beautiful with wheat and enclosed by a perfect amphitheatre of green hills’. The view today is different and unfortunately motorway noise can be a feature!
‘By the time I had reached the summit, I had entirely forgotten the petty circumstances and annoyances of existence. I felt myself, myself’
Richard Jefferies from The Story of My Heart, 1883.
See Jefferies’ family memorabilia, archive material and more at the Richard Jefferies' Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate Swindon, SN3 6AA