All of the gardens in what was once Kings Road's Foundry Meadow either still have apple trees which may have been planted at the same period of time as this, or did have. Our neighbour lost their apple tree two Summers ago when covered with apples it was slightly windy. There were apple trees in the garden at The Dye House but I have been told that they were chopped down, this was probably sometime between 1948 and the 1960s. So I presume that Foundry Meadow was an orchard of sorts at some point in time.
When I began reading 'Leisure' I quickly realised that despite my limited knowledge of poetry, this was a poem I was familiar with. A quick Wikipedia search informed me of some interesting overlaps with the Peasant arts movement. I wonder at what part in his life, William H. Davies' path crossed with The Vineyard? Wikipedia describes William H. Davies as "living a rough life, particularly in London shelters and doss-houses, including the Salvation Army hostel in Southwark known as "The Ark" which he grew to despise", that he moved to rural life in Kent in 1905, that George Bernard Shaw (who has appeared in a few previous posts here) wrote the preface to his 1907 autobiography The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp and also "in 1911, Davies was awarded a Civil List Pension of £50" (ibid).
|Bramley apple tree,|
old Foundry Meadow, Kings Road