Signal Elm Field

A field with a spectacular view and the source of inspiration for a very famous poet

9.69 acres of pasture with a very special tree on the field boundary near the crest of the hill. The English poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold saw the veteran oak tree when he was out walking. The tree inspired him and was immortalised in his poem ‘Thyrsis’ written in 1865.

The field was bought in 2009 by public subscription from All Souls College due to the literary associations with the view from the field.