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Boars Hill


The earliest known record of Boars Hill (or Boreshill) is from the 12th century.  The picturesque village and hill is set just outside of Abingdon, with stunning views of Oxford's spires. 

The first poet to leave a record of a visit to the hill was Arthur Hugh Clough in his diary entry in 1841, he describes how a walk across the hill inspired the ninth of his 'Blank misgivings of a creature moving about in worlds not realized.'

Clough introduced another poet - Matthew Arnold - to Boars Hill which provided the inspiration and setting for two of his best-known poems: "The Scholar Gipsy" (1853) and "Thyrsis" (1866) which included reference to "the dreaming spires" which encouraged people to visit the hill and settle there.


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