The Pink and Lily

At Parslow’s Hillock is the “Pink and Lily”, a favourite inn of the young poet Rupert Brooke, in the days immediately prior to the Great War. Maybe a walk along this open stretch of road from Lacey Green, prompted him to reflect on, “White mist about the black hedgerows, The slumbering midland plain…”, in his work entitled “The Chilterns”. Memories of visits to the “Pink and Lily” may have been in his mind, when he wrote:

“I shall desire and I shall find
The best of my desires;
The autumn road, the mellow wind
That soothes the darkening shires,
And laughter, and inn-fires.”

A few lines of doggerel by Brooke are preserved at the “Pink and Lily”.

The Pink and Lily.