Gustav Holst wrote the music for 'In the bleak midwinter' and named it after the town in which he lived 'Cranham'. Cranham is out on the road to Painswick from Cheltenham. It is a beautiful wood to walk through with magnificent beech trees...my favourite tree of 2011 !http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/670375
The poem ' In the Bleak midwinter 'was written by Christina Rossetti (1830-18940) ,sister of the famous artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti . She modelled for some of his most famous paintings.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXgoyKdsAD4&feature=related Click to hear Annie Lennox sing in the Bleak midwinter'.
Talking of famous woods apparently Humblebee Woods above Winchcombe were the inspiration for 'The Hobbit' by Tolkien and The Lampposts leading to Malvern in Worcestershire were the inspiration
the lamppost in the snow when the children enter Narnia through the wardrobe !Apparently C.S.Lewis ,Tolkien and George Sayer were walking home one evening when Lewis saw one of the posts shining out in the snow and said ''that would make a very nice opening line for a book''