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The little town of Cockermouth in the Lake District is a lovely little market town dating from the 12th century. It was here in a lovely Georgian townhouse on the main street of the town that the poet William Wordsworth was born on the 7th of April 1770. The house had been built in 1745 and it originally belonged to the sheriff of Cumberland - Joshua Lucock. A few years later it was owned by Sir Janmes Lowther who was a politican and landowner. He let the house to John Wordsworth who was his estate and law agent. John Wordsworth moved into thehouse with his 17 year old bride Ann. john was a lwayer and so one of the most important men in the town. In the 8 years after her marriage Ann Wordsworth gave birth to 5 children - William was her second child and the family's only daighter Dorothy was born on CHristmas day in 1771. Ann died in 1778 aged only 30. William was sent to Hawkeshead school with his elder brother and Dorothy was sent to relatives in Halifax. In 1783 the father John died of a fever and the children left the house forever and were cast on the mercy of family.
The house went to the National Trust in 1938, saved from demolition by local people who raised the money to save it. The house is now furnished in an 18th century style with a number of the poet's personal effects on show.
location: West end of Main Street Cockermouth
open April to October weekdays from 10.30 to 16.30
(open Bank Holidays and all saturdays and sundays in June, July and August)

Phone: 01900 824820

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 6, 2003
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