William Wordsworth's House

(See also Cockermouth)

Wordsworth House Cockermouth entrance photo courtesy National TrustWilliam Wordsworth's birthplace, a late Georgian style house, sits on Cockermouth's wide, tree-lined main street. The house was built in 1690 by William Bird but refurbished in 1745 for the High Sheriff of Cumberland. It was later purchased by Sir James Lowther. William Wordsworth's father was an agent to Sir James and lived in the house during his marriage and the birth of his five children. Although altered over the years, after major research in 2004 the house is now interpreted as it William Wordsworths house by Freddie Phillipswould have been in the 1770s. There is a panelled drawing room, and the library contains Wordsworth's bookshelves and secretaire. There are hands-on historically accurate replicas. Costumed ‘servants’ tell all about the family. On the street just across from the house is a bronze bust of Wordsworth, dated 1970.

Wordsworth refers to his home at Cockermouth in one of his poems.

“A little croft we owned - a plot of corn,
A garden stored with peas, and mint, and tyme,
And flowers for poises, oft on Sunday morn
Plucked while the church bells rang their earliest chime,
Can I forget our freaks at shearing time!
My hen's rich nest through long grass scarce espied;
The cowslip-gathering in June's dewy prime;
The swans that with white chests up reared in pride
Rushing and racing came to meet me at the waterside"
Guilt and Sorrow - XXIV”

Wordsworth House Cockermouth garden photo courtesy National TrustWilliam Wordsworth House
Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9RX
Tel: Info line 01900 820 884; Office 01900 824 805
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house
Email: wordsworthhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk
Open: house, mid March–end Oct, Sat–Wed, 11am–5pm; shop, mid March–Dec 23, daily, 10am–5pm, Nov–23 Dec, daily, 10am–4.30pm

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos by The National Trust , Freddie Phillips.

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