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The Great Game

Tisbury is a village steeped in history and surrounded by a backdrop of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village was home to Rudyard Kipling's parents, whom he would visit for weeks at a time, so he could work free from the distractions of his main home East Sussex. During one of these stays, he is reported to have written the lion's share of Kim, the novel that many still consider his finest. His father illustrated the book, basing the title character on pictures of a boy at the nearby Tisbury School. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. It is set after the Second Afghan Warwhich ended in 1881, but before the Third conflict, circa 1893 to 1898. The novel is notable for its detailed portrait of the vibrant diversity and richness of culture across the Indian sub continent. In 1998, the Modern Libraryranked Kim seventy eighthon its list of the one hundred best English-language novels of the twentieth century. In 2003 the book was listed on the BBC's 'The Big Read'poll of the Britain's "best-loved novel." Tilbury's prosperity primarily came from the thirteenth century quarries that produced stone for the building of Salisbury Cathedral, and from the wool that supported a local cloth industry. Sir Matthew Arundell of Wardour Castle, a great landowner and a cousin of Elizabeth I, was entombed in the Tisbury parish church, St John's, in 1598. The churchyardalso holds the graves of Kipling'sparents, and is home to the second oldest yew treein Great Britain, which is believed to be around 4,000 years old. Running through open downland from the market town of Wilton westwards towards Shaftesbury, the Nadder Valley has a selection of picturesque villages. The largest of these is Tisbury, an increasingly cosmopolitan hub with a deli and coffee shop. Country pubs The Beckford Arms and Forester Inn, and the Pythouse Kitchen Garden farm shop – Wiltshire’s answer to Daylesford – are also near by. Country Life described the village as "110 minutes into Waterloo from a properly rural area". The Cross, High Street, Tisbury, guide price £650,000 Winkworth Salisbury  

Tisbury is a village steeped in history and surrounded by a backdrop of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The village was home to Rudyard Kipling's parents, whom he would visit for weeks at a time, so he could work free from the distractions of his main home East Sussex. During one of these stays, he is reported to have written the lion's share of Kim, the novel that many still consider his finest. His father illustrated the book, basing the title character on pictures of a boy at the nearby Tisbury School.

The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. It is set after the Second Afghan Warwhich ended in 1881, but before the Third conflict, circa 1893 to 1898.

The novel is notable for its detailed portrait of the vibrant diversity and richness of culture across the Indian sub continent. In 1998, the Modern Libraryranked Kim seventy eighthon its list of the one hundred best English-language novels of the twentieth century. In 2003 the book was listed on the BBC's 'The Big Read'poll of the Britain's "best-loved novel."

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Tilbury's prosperity primarily came from the thirteenth century quarries that produced stone for the building of Salisbury Cathedral, and from the wool that supported a local cloth industry.
Sir Matthew Arundell of Wardour Castle, a great landowner and a cousin of Elizabeth I, was entombed in the Tisbury parish church, St John's, in 1598. The churchyardalso holds the graves of Kipling'sparents, and is home to the second oldest yew treein Great Britain, which is believed to be around 4,000 years old.
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Running through open downland from the market town of Wilton westwards towards Shaftesbury, the Nadder Valley has a selection of picturesque villages. The largest of these is Tisbury, an increasingly cosmopolitan hub with a deli and coffee shop. Country pubs The Beckford Arms and Forester Inn, and the Pythouse Kitchen Garden farm shop – Wiltshire’s answer to Daylesford – are also near by.

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Country Life described the village as "110 minutes into Waterloo from a properly rural area".

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The Cross, High Street, Tisbury, guide price £650,000

Winkworth Salisbury

 

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