The swine! says William Cash as one of Shropshire’s crown jewels is once again under siege.
Over Christmas, I was reading a battered old copy of Sir John Betjeman’s ‘Shell Guide to Shropshire’ – published in 1951 – in which he describes Upton Cressett as a ‘remote and beautiful place’. He travelled here in 1938 with the artist John Piper in a clapped out old Morris which must have seriously struggled along the winding three mile lane. In his entry, Betjeman stated that Upton Cressett was all but inaccesible by any form of even modern transport – adding that the romantic historic hamlet was also located across the ‘loneliest of Shropshire valleys’.