Published date: 23 November 2012

Adlestrop by Edward Thomas is one of the nation’s favourite poems. Written in the heat of battle by an officer who was doomed not to survive the war, Adlestrop idealises the stillness of a railway station in an English country village before the First World War. This podcast will consider the literary and military career of Edward Thomas, the impact of the railways on the English countryside at the start of the 20th century and whether or not 1914 really does represent the culmination of the ‘Long Edwardian Summer’.

Author: Bruno Derrick Duration: 30:19

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (6 votes, average: 2.67 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...
  1. 17 March 2013
    3:37 pm

    John Ellwood

    This poem was not written in ” the heat of battle” . It was written in 1914 before the Great War, and before Thomas enlisted in 1915

  2. 23 May 2013
    7:35 pm


    Interesting, if rather breathless, lecture that puts Aldlestrop in its “golden” Edwardian context

  3. 19 November 2013
    5:17 pm

    Stephen Phillips

    Interesting analysis. I am wondering why the photo heading this item shows not Adlestrop Station, but Coniston in the Lake District, circa 1906.

  4. 25 November 2013
    2:10 pm

    Ruth Crumey

    Thank you for your comments. The National Archives’ website publishes images from the collection or if from somewhere else, with full permission to publish. In this instance we may not have had an image of Adlestrop Station that we were allowed to use with the podcast.

Leave a comment


You can find help on how to download and listen to our podcasts in our quick guide to getting started. If you wish to re-use any part of a podcast, please note that copyright in the podcasts and transcripts in some cases belongs to the speakers, not to the Crown. Please contact the Copyright Officer with queries. If commenting, please be aware of our moderation policy.


Select an option to receive our free podcast series, using either RSS or iTunes. See our help guide for more information on podcast subscription.