16 AUGUST 1957, Page 14


SIR,—A fortnight ago Mr. Betjeman and some friends, 'driven nearly silly by the• bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main roads, turned off at Faversham into a silence that was amazing after the public roar.' They 'went by unfenced roads like streams winding among golden corn,' and 'came to remote valley villages and wcatherboarded houses, brick farms, grey stone churches with red-tiled roofs, and oak-surrounded greens.'

Excellent ! (for Mr. Betjeman and friends, who had previrwsly, one may assume, been making their own contribution to the 'public roar' on the main roads)—but, it seems, a little illogical for one who delights in rural quiet to set a bad example by trans- ferring hiS own bit of uproar to the as yet unspoilt parts of Kent.

But perhaps I do Mr. Betjeman an injustice. He may have been walking or cycling.—Yours faithfully, T, V. TAYLOR 15 Stanton Road, Bebington, Cheshire