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The Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ is based on a poem by Christina Rossetti and was set to music by Cheltenham-born Gustav Holst in 1906. The tune is called ‘Cranham’ after the village of Cranham in Gloucestershire were Holst was living at the time. The cottage is aptly named 'Midwinter Cottage' opposite the Black Horse Inn.
"In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago."