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Fans of TS Eliot oppose development in East Coker | 20-Aug-11

Fans of TS Eliot have voiced their complaints about plans to build housing developments on East Coker, the town that provides the title and subject to one of the poet's most famous works.

Eliot had a strong connection to East Coker, as it was where his ancestors lived for two centuries before they emigrated to America, where he was born. His ashes are buried there, in St Michael's Church. The co-editor of Eliot's forthcoming 'Poems', Jim McCue, calls the poem 'East Coker' "his final masterpiece". 

The South Somerset District Council proposes to build more than 3,000 houses in the area. English Heritage have issued a statement questioning how the plans may affect "the historic environment." Others, including former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, are said to oppose the development.

A 'Save East Coker' Facebook group has also been set up.

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