John Moore (British author)

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John Moore
Born (1907-11-10)10 November 1907
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Died 1967 (aged 59–60)
Bristol, England
Occupation Author
Nationality British
Period Mid 20th Century
Subject Countryside, Rural Life

John Moore (10 November 1907–1967) was a best-selling British author and pioneer conservationist.

He was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire in 1907 and died in Bristol in 1967. During the latter part of his life, he lived in the village of Kemerton on the slopes of Bredon Hill, which he popularised as 'Brensham Hill' in a number of his writings.

His most famous work was Portrait of Elmbury, published in 1945, about life in Tewkesbury in the early 20th century. This work, along with Brensham Village and The Blue Field, formed part of the 'Brensham Trilogy'.

Most of his books had a rural setting and long before conservation came to mainstream media attention he wrote about the effect of technological advances on the countryside and rural life.

From 1943 to 1949 Moore was the organiser of the Tewkesbury Play Festival.

In 1949 he helped to inaugurate the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and continued to be involved with the festival for many years.

Moore wrote the script of the renowned 1957 film The England of Elizabeth, read on the soundtrack by Alec Clunes.


  • Dixon's Cubs (1930)
  • The Book of the Fly-rod (ed, with Hugh Sheringham) (1931)
  • Dear Lovers (1931)
  • Tramping Through Wales (1931)
  • English Comedy (1932)
  • King Carnival
  • The Walls are Down (1933)
  • The Welsh Marches (1933)
  • The New Forest (1934)
  • Country Men (Biography) (1935)
  • The Angler's week-end Book (ed, with Eric Taverner) (1935)
  • Overture, Beginners! (1936)
  • The Cotswolds (1937)
  • Clouds of Glory (1938)
  • A Walk Through Surrey (1939)
  • The Countryman's England (1939)
  • Life and Letters of Edward Thomas (ed) (1939)
  • Wit's End (1942)
  • Fleet Air Arm (history) (1943)
  • Escort Carrier (1944)
  • The Navy and the Y Scheme (1944)
  • Portrait of Elmbury (1945)
  • Brensham Village (1946)
  • The Blue Field (1948)
  • Dance and Skylark (1951)
  • Midsummer Meadow (1953)
  • Tiger, Tiger (short stories) (1953)
  • The Season of the Year (1954)
  • The White Sparrow (1954)
  • The Boy's Country Book (ed) (1955)
  • Come Rain, Come shine (1956)
  • September Moon (1957)
  • Jungle Girl (1958)
  • Man and Bird and Beast (1959)
  • You English Words (1961)
  • The Elizabethans (1962)
  • The Year of the Pigeons (1963)
  • Best Fishing Stories (1965)
  • The Waters Under the Earth (1965)


John Moore and 'Elmbury' are commemorated at a number of locations in the Tewkesbury area, including:

  • The John Moore Countryside Museum, near Tewkesbury Abbey
  • The John Moore Nature Reserve, created and managed by Kemerton Conservation Trust on land in the village of Kemerton once owned by the author.
  • the name 'Elmbury' was given to the new Secondary Modern School for Girls on Ashchurch Road in the 1960s, which later became the nucleus of today's Tewkesbury School
  • "The John Moore Primary School" built on the Wheatpieces estate in September 2000
  • the "Elmbury Suite" opened at Tewkesbury Hospital in January 2001
  • a public house called "Elmbury Lodge", near Junction 9 of the M5 Motorway, opened in 2004
  • The Tewkesbury branch of the Embroiderers' Guild is called the "Elmbury (Tewkesbury) Branch"


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