The Severn Valley Railway at Arley
- The Severn Valley Railway at Arley
- For eight years the author of this book held the honorary post of station master at Arley. Following his first visit to the site in the summer of 1971, it was not long before he had joined the small group of volunteers working in the uindergrowth to restore the slumbering derelict station which would once again be disturbed by crossing trains and the attendant bustle of passengers. This lengthy task stimulated his interest in the village and the station's past and eventually led to the compilation of this book.
- The obvious and most enjoyable way of visiting Arley is, of course, by travelling along the Severn Valley Railway. The station is situated on the south or west bank of the river above the steep descent to its banks. Now connected by a footbridge instead of the leisurely ferry, the village lies on the opposite bank of the Severn, its attractive sandstone and brick houses rising on leafy terrace amid gardens and orchards to the fine old red sandstone church which, set admidst lime and yew trees, dominates the scene.
- One can still imagine the Arley of 50 years ago, the skyline dominated by the Castle, the ferry boat drifting across the water, a donkey stumbling down the steep village street with a burden on its rump and a bell tinkling in a nearby shop. Even without the Castle and the ferry, Arley still maintains a peace and tranquillity, which is hoped, will remain unspoilt for many years to come.
- 46 pages, 1985 1st Edition, Laminated card covers, 8¼" x 10¾"
- Wild Swan Publications
- ISBN-10 0906867339
- ISBN-13 9780906867334
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