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"This is the..................." Lake District National Park Things to Do Tip by joanj

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  Wordsworth House
by joanj

This is the Georgian house in Cockermouth where William Wordsworth was born on the 7th April 1170. It is now called Wordsworth House

His father John, was estate agent to Sir James Lowther, who owned the house. The garden at the back with the River Derwent flowing past, was a place of magic and adventure for the young Wordsworth. He had an elder brother Richard, a younger sister Dorothy, and two younger brothers John and Christopher.

His childhood was spent largely in Cockermouth and Penrith, his mothers home town. William and Dorothy, and his future wife Mary Hutchinson attended infant school in Penrith between 1776 and 1777. William's mother died in Penrith when he was 8. His father died when he was 13 and is buried in the churchyard of All Saints Cockermouth. All Saints church rooms is on the site of the Cockermouth school that William attended as a boy.

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2004
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