National Geographic : 1958 Jul
Bibury in the Cotswolds: Everyman's Vision of England Dormered and stone roofed, Bi bury's cottages wear centuries like a blessing. "Surely the loveliest village in England," said William Morris. This row of 300-year-old homes, preserved jointly by Brit ain's National Trust and the U.S. financed Pilgrim Trust, climbs a green cleft in the hill. Bibury's little trout river, the Coln, feeds the Thames near by. Author and wife lunch along the "stripling Thames," a haunt of Matthew Arnold's Scholar Gipsy. As in the poem, they lie "moor'd to the cool bank in the summer heats, mid wide grass meadows which the sunshine fills. ." New Bridge, one of the oldest spans over the Thames, rose in the 13th or 14th century. Its pointed arches mark the transition from country stream to river. Kodachromes by Willard Price and (upper) National Geographic Photog 58 rapher Robert F. Sisson © N.G.S.