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July 1971: Charles Dodgson is on his way,by train, from Oxford University to his family home in Croft-upon-Tees, North Yorkshire, prior to visiting Whitby for his brother's wedding (to Alice) in Sleights. Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) worries about the progess of his so far untitled new book.
1. The Ancient Rectory Of Croft
(Lyrics & Music: Tim Hunter, with some words taken from an early poem by Lewis Carroll)
Dodgson: Dear Diary, July 1871 – On my way from Christchurch, Oxford to Croft and then onto Whitby for my Brother’s wedding. My new book frustrates me, I still haven’t got a title for it.
Dodgson: (Chorus) Fair Stands the
Ancient Rectory, The Rectory of Croft,
The Sun shines bright upon it,
The Breezes whisper soft on,
The Rectory of Croft
I went down to Christchurch, Oxford, to gaze upon the dreaming spires,
the pinnacles, the archways, the courtyards, but I loved to return
Three months every year we lived in Ripon, where my father was the
Canon. Every summer we went to the coast and Whitby was the place I liked the most
Christchurch, it never like home Though I loved the libraries and the halls
The portraits of the great,the stillness and the grandeur, I still longed to see the Old Rectory
'Through his musical albums, Knaresborough composer Tim Hunter helps bring to life the stories and legends of Yorkshire's
rich heritage.' Yorkshire Post 1st May 2020. Tim Hunter is a singer/songwriter/producer. His musical compositions range from pop ballads through to classic rock and have been enjoyed by audiences both in Europe and the United States....more