Following Samuel Lediards death, Mary and the family made Buckholt their home for three years before moving to Cheltenham.
Gustav Holst was inspired by the stories of happy days spent in Cranham by both his mother and grandmother. When he was asked to compose tunes for a new hymnal he gave each the name of somewhere that had meant something special to him and his family. In the 'Bleak Midwinter' originally a poem by Christina Rosetti, Gustav gave the tune the name 'Cranham'
The house in the photograph above is named 'Midwinter Cottage'. It is believed that Holst visited the village and stayed here when composing the tune; the property then was a B & B.
The BBC recently filmed here for the hymn's inclusion in a program of sacred music which was broadcast on Christmas Eve 2010.
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