Cranham, Gloucestershire

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Cranham viewed from the east - - 671280.jpg
Cranham viewed from the east
Grid reference: SO896129
Location: 51°48’53"N, 2°9’8"W
Population: 451  (2011)
Post town: Gloucester
Postcode: GL4
Dialling code: 01452
Local Government
Council: Stroud

Cranham is a village in Gloucestershire, found a mile or so east of the A46 road between Stroud and Cheltenham. The Cotswold Way long distance footpath also runs nearby.

Gustav Holst, the composer, lived in Cranham for a while, and it was there, in the house now called 'Midwinter Cottage' that he wrote what is probably the best known tune for the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti.[1] The tune is named 'Cranham'.

Midwinter, where Gustav Holst wrote the tune "Cranham"

About the village

Cranham Scout Centre was opened in 1948 by the chief scout of the time and over 2,000 people attended the ceremony. Since then it has developed from a small campsite into an activity centre with indoor accommodation.

In 1949 George Orwell stayed at a sanatorium near the village, in his search for a relief if not a cure for the tuberculosis from which he was suffering and which would kill him six months later after his admission to University College Hospital.[2] While in the sanatorium he sketched out in 4 pages of a notebook a short story to be called A Smoking Room Story, set in Burma. The story was never written.[3]

Old Overton House stands just outside Cranham. It was bought in 2010, pop star Lily Allen, for a reported £3 million.[4] Old Overton House is Grade II listed with the earliest part of the property dating back to the seventeenth century.[5]

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