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Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Lake District

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English Romantic poet, who together with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. He was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, one of five children. He travelled extensively through Europe and after getting homesick during his stay in the harsh winter of 1798-99 in Germany he then came back to England with his sister Dorothy and moved into Dove Cottage, Grasmere in the Lake District. William and Dorothy lived here until William married in 1802 when his wife and her sister joined them. With an expanding family, the Wordsworths moved from Dove Cottage and finally settled in Rydal Mount, a much bigger house just a few miles south just outside Ambleside. They continued to rent this property for 46 years until Mary’s death in 1859, 9 years after William’s death. Rydal Mount was acquired in 1969 by Mary Henderson (née Wordsworth), William’s great great granddaughter. It remains in the ownership of the Wordsworth family, and has been opened to the public since 1970. During his eight years at Dove Cottage, Wordsworth described this time as ‘plain living and high thinking’, he produced what are now regarded as his finest works. Nature was important to Wordsworth and also the impact that it has on human life, this is shown in many of his poems. His greatest work is thought to be ‘The Prelude’ which is a semi-autobiographical poem that he worked on for most of his adult life. His most famous poem is ‘I wandered lonely as a Cloud’ and it is the second version which he altered and was published in 1815, that is the widely known one today. He died at Rydal Mount in 1850 and is buried in Grasmere churchyard.

Dove Cottage,
The Wordsworth Museum & Art Gallery,
Grasmere
LA22 9SH
Tel: 015394 35544

Official Website : https://wordsworth.org.uk/

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Castles

Castles were first built in England during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century as fortifications. There are many hundreds of castles throughout England some in good repair whilst others have all but completely disappeared other than a few stones to mark the spot.

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England has many lakes spread out over the whole of the country but the most famous must be the Lake District which draws around 16 million visitors each year to admire the beauty of the countryside around the lakesides. Lake Windermere is England’s largest lake.

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The National Parks of England are quite diverse but all have in common one thing and that is their beauty. From the windswept reaches of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the mountains and lakes of the Lake District or the ancient, peaceful tranquility of the New Forest all are worthy of a visit.

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