June 1st - I see that Wordsley House in Stonnall has now been sold, and this includes the barn and land. The barn is now marked down - like most agricultural buildings in the area have been - for conversion into dwellings. It says much about the economics and demographic of this burgeoning Metroland that all the farming has now gone from the village. The transformation - from comfortable rural village to almost totally soulless commuter resort - has been completed in the 30 years I’ve been riding through here, and I find it desperately sad. The only redeeming feature is the rolling countryside and greenery - although it is under threat too, as the lower image from Google Earth Streetview shows. In danger of losing the remainder of it’s greatest assets to overdevelopment, I fear for Stonnall’s future. Sad, destructive and tragic.