The Jubilee is especially important for Maisemore, as it also celebrates the planting of one of the main features of the village – the Coronation Avenue along Church Road, which has the Tower of the Church, as its focal point. Frank Chamberlayne had been farming at Maisemore Court and was Parish Council Chairman for many years and he initiated and organised the scheme for the planting of the trees. He wrote, in 1959:
Since then, the roadside fences have been removed and some forty years ago, we reshaped the banks, which had been steep and close to Church Road, so that we are now able to mow them in late summer, after the spring flowers have died back. We have also reshaped the trees, which were spreading too much at the bottom and growing into each other.
The Avenue is now enhanced by the Maisemore Lake, which was formed in 1980, and runs back to the Avenue.
On Saturday, June 1st 2013, a commemorative marker stone was unveiled to mark the true purpose of the avenue for posterity. Charles Martell, the renowned Gloucestershire cheese maker passed through Maisemore in a Coach and Four (horses), accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter, on a celebratory journey from Gloucester to Hereford. They stopped here for the Lord Lieutenant to unveil the stone ably assisted by Jeremy Chamberlaine.
Here's a view of Church Road showing the Avenue and the Lake - taken from Bing Maps:
Here's an archive of photos showing how the feeling along Church Road changes through the seasons, the openness of winter giving way to the enclosure of summer when the leaves have fully grown and progressing inevitably to openness again once the leaves have been dropped - the pictures are clicky links to larger images - use the back button to return to this page:
See also the page illustrating the Millennium Avenue.