Frank Mansell lived at Salt Box. He was a good poet and played cricket for Sheepscombe. We are lucky Saydisc recorded him reading some of his poems, and three samples read by Frank Mansell are at this link. Here he is reading The Cottagers Reply - with thanks to Saydisc for permission to use this recording.
To purchase the CD of his 'Cotswold Ballads' visit www.saydisc.com. As well as Frank Mansell reading his poems, Celia Carroll and Peter Tatham have set some of the ballads to music and these songs are also on the CD.
The whole album is on Spotify and all major download and streaming sites.
Cotswold Ballads, a bigger collection of his poems, was published by Richard Courtauld in 1974 and the book includes wood block illustrations by local artist Robert Ball