About Cranham Village

Cranham is a working village within The Cotswolds, the village is situated in the picturesque Cotswolds Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve and It is home to many race species unique to the area. The Cotswold Way long distance footpath also runs nearby.

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Some Cranham Village Facts

Composer Gustav Holst lived in Cranham for a while, and it was there, in the house now called 'Midwinter Cottage' that he wrote what is probably the best known tune ("Cranham") for the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter. 

A Fairport Convention album, Gladys' Leap, is named after local postwoman Gladys Hillier, who would jump over a local stream to avoid a long journey. The Ordnance Survey have renamed that place in her honour

In 1948, Cranham Scout Centre was opened. Since then it has developed from a small campsite into an activity centre with indoor accommodation.

In 1949 George Orwell stayed at a sanatorium near the village, in his search for a relief if not a cure for the tuberculosis from which he was suffering and which would kill him six months later after his admission to University College Hospital. While in the sanatorium he sketched out in 4 pages of a notebook a short story to be called A Smoking Room Story, set in Burma. The story was never written.