Ham Hill
East Coker




Montacute is a small village and civil parish inSomerset, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) west ofYeovil. The village has a population of 831 (2011 census).[1] The name Montacute is thought by some to derive from the Latin "Mons Acutus", referring to the small but still quite acute Ham Hill dominating the village to the west.
Replica of Thomas Coryat's shoes in Odcombechurch.



Thomas Coryat (also Coryate) (c. 1577 – 1617) was an English traveller - often on foot

 His description of how the Italians shielded themselves from the sun resulted in the word "umbrella" being introduced into English

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East Coker

 1/ Sunken Lanes

 2/ TS Eliot buried here

 3/ William Dampier

Eliot used East Coker’s name and environs for one of his greatest poems, part of the Four Quartets. His ashes are interred in the parish church. 3/ William Dampier born here

T S Eliot

TS Eliot's East Coker poem talks of its sunken lanes (NPG/David ClokeEast Coaker, inset T.S. Eliot (NPG/David Cloke)A Parish pump revolt over the threat to Britain’s green fields has gone international. The village in Somerset that inspired TS Eliot to write one of his greatest poems is bidding to become a Unesco world heritage site.


Sir Andrew Motion, the former poet laureate, has joined academics and villagers in signing an application that seeks special status for East Coker, where South Somerset district council wants to build an “eco-town” of 3,700 homes on prime agricultural land.Eliot used East Coker’s name and environs for one of his greatest poems, part of the Four Quartets. His ashes are interred in the parish church.

As well as its links to Eliot, one of the village’s 90 listed homes was the birthplace of William Dampier, the first European to set foot in Australia and an inspiration to Danial Defoe , Jonathan Swift and Charles Darwin


East Coker is the second poem of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. It was started as a way for Eliot to get back into writing poetry and was modeled after Burnt Norton. It was finished during early 1940 and printed for the Easter edition of the 1940 New English Weekly. The title refers to a small community that was directly connected to Eliot's ancestry and was home to a church that was later to house Eliot's ashes.

The poem discusses time and disorder within nature that is the result of humanity following only science and not the divine. Leaders are described as materialistic and unable to understand reality. The only way for mankind to find salvation is through pursuing the divine by looking inwards and realizing that humanity is interconnected. Only then can people understand the universe.

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William Dampier

William Dampier factsWilliam Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651[1] – March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times. He has also been described as Australia's first natural historian,[2]as well as one of the most important British explorers of the period between Sir Walter Raleigh and James Cook.[3]
....Engraving of plant samples from Australia
William Dampier was born at Hymerford House in East Coker, Somerset, in 1651


Engraving of seventeen sailors and an albatross on a sailing ship's ice-covered deckSailors in the South Sea gape at an albatross perched on the icy deck, inThe Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Engraving by Gustave Doré.

Dampier influenced several figures better known than he:

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