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Discovering William Wordsworth and His Connections to Grasmere

Discovering William Wordsworth and His Connections to Grasmere


Many of us are familiar with the name William Wordsworth. Born in 1770 in Cockermouth, the house he was born in now bears his name – Wordsworth House. Those who know something of the life of Wordsworth will know he was associated with Penrith, Hawkshead, and Grasmere, but it is Grasmere that he is most closely associated with.

In 1799, William moved there, marrying his sweetheart Mary three years later. Nine years after moving to Grasmere, William and Mary moved elsewhere in the village – this time into Allan Bank.

Allan Bank – today a National Trust property

A visit to Grasmere is well worth it for many reasons, but fans of William Wordsworth can visit many of the properties and venues in the village he called home. One is Allan Bank itself, today owned by the National Trust.

The property can be viewed both inside and out, with gorgeous grounds to explore when the weather is good. Why not pack up a picnic, grab some deckchairs and enjoy the views? It’s easy to see why Wordsworth was happy to live there.

Moving on to Rydal Mount in Grasmere

After two years at Allan Bank, the couple and their children moved to the Old Rectory. You’ll find this facing St Oswald’s Church; the churchyard there is where Wordsworth and his wife are now buried. You can see the graves while visiting Grasmere. They are surrounded by a low railing, and the tombstone is said to be among the most-visited of all those commemorating literary figures.

Rydal Mount in Grasmere became their home in 1813, and they lived there until their respective deaths. William died in 1850, while his wife survived him for a further nine years.

If you visit Grasmere and find the house today, it is easy to see why they enjoyed living there for so long. The property is still in his family, and looks much the same today as it did when the Wordsworth’s moved there over 200 years ago.

You can visit Rydal Mount and its glorious gardens, spread out around the property. While Wordsworth may be remembered as one of the finest literary minds in this country, he was also something of a great gardener. Indeed, the gardens at Rydal Mount are still laid out in the same way he designed and developed them when he and his wife took over the property.

Book a tour of Rydal Mount, or explore on your own

When you visit, you can get access to the gardens only, or to the house and gardens. There is also the chance to have a garden tour, or to get a combination ticket providing a tour of the house and gardens. It is the perfect way to discover more about the history of this 16th century property, and how the Wordsworth family lived there and enjoyed it for so long.

Grasmere itself is packed with lots of appeal, but its connections with Wordsworth remain strong even after all these years.
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