EAST COKER will forever be associated with T.S. Eliot's poem of the same name, which is one of his Four Quartets. But this ancient jewel of a village in Somerset (pop. 1700) is threatened by an insensitive proposal to build 3700 new houses and an industrial estate over open fields just to the north. The numinous quality of the place would be dispelled forever. This gratuitous proposal is an affront not only to the village, but to a worldwide community of readers for whom this is a special, almost sacred place.
Editor - Simon Pomery
Contributor - Sandra Snelling