At the end of 1897, the future great crime novelist and classical scholar Dorothy L Sayers arrived at the railway station of Bluntisham cum Earith in the Fenlands of Huntingdonshire, she was between four and five at the time, in later life she said that she did not remember the train journey from Oxford to Bluntisham but remembered the walk from the station to the rectory. Her Mother and her Father who had just taken up the living of Bluntisham had arrive a few days earlier.
The rectory where Dorothy spent a lot of her childhood, now called Bluntisham House can still be seen as you travel from St Ives in the west to Ely in the north east. The railway station has now long gone but if if you take a walk along the banks of The Great River Ouse you can still see the pillars that supported the rail tracks across the fenland.
The Photo shows The Great River Ouse in flood, the pillars that supported the tracks in the foreground and St Marys Church, Bluntisham in the background.
Web Links of Interest:
The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory by Deborah Alun-Jones
The Official Site of the renowned English crime writer Dorothy L Sayers
In Search of St Paul’s Church Fenchurch St Paul