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Linocut, one of a limited edition of 10. The Orchard at Grantchester is a corner of England where time stands still as the outside world rushes by. There you can relax and enjoy the genteel setting whilst taking traditional afternoon tea.
In 1909 the poet Rupert Brooke moved into Orchard House, the Orchard, with its wooden Tea Pavilion provided a backdrop to a very remarkable group of friends.
Rupert Brooke formed the centre of this group. Whilst at Orchard House, he would spend his days studying, running to Haslingfield in the mornings, swimming in the river, walking barefoot in the village, living off fruit and honey, and commuting to Cambridge by canoe.
Brooke had fallen in love with his idyllic life in Grantchester, and, while in a homesick mood on a trip to Berlin, wrote one of his best-known poems, ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’: the famous final lines immortalising afternoon tea in the Orchard:
Stands the church clock at ten-to-three And is there honey still for tea?
linocut on 300g Somerset Printing Paper