Now, the riverside cottage where the songwriting duo stayed overlooking the pretty crossing is up for auction.
Built in the 17th century, Bickleigh Cottage, a grade two listed thatched property which has gardens that extend right up to the bridge. It will go under the hammer in June after its owners for the past 80 years decided to sell up. The guide price is £600,000.
And now onto another inspiration, born from observing the wonder of nature and the ever changing environment.
Living in the same country that inspired the song, I began to write of a future after the Great Flood. My brainchild came from predictions of sea levels rising and the possibility of comet strikes. The chances of people in the south of England surviving such inundation seemed good, based on a fault line across the island which would lift the lower part higher if jolted.
After I'd begun to work out what would happen to reform a society from the scattered survivors, I found a partner in Edith Parzefall, who lived in Germany. We'd worked together in a writer's group, the online free Internet Writing Workshop, and we knew each others writing style. And so began the four-book Higher Ground series, which you can click on the sidebar. The very first novel in the series is called: Wind Over Troubled Waters.