Grasmere – Wordsworth’s Museum and Dove Cottage

Wordsworth lived here at Dove Cottage (1799-1808) in Town End, Grasmere.  In Town End, there is a museum where you can buy rare books by William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth and many more poets.  The books cost anywhere from 75 pounds sterling and up. Some are illustrated with magnificent engravings and book bindings.  In the gift shop you can purchase tea towels, mugs, key rings, souvenirs and anthologies of poetry.

Wordsworth and his family also planted flowers and vegetables in the garden alongside the home.  You can wander around the garden and you may even find a daffodil.

Also, nearby is Beatrix Potter’s home in the country, Hill Top, in Sawrey, which was her retreat from London.  Many ideas for her books came from this area, especially “The Tale of  Peter Rabbit.” 

See this link for more information:

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

 

Here are two stanzas from Wordsworth’s famous poem – I wandered lonely as a cloud (1815) :

Reference: Wordsworth, William. William Wordsworth: An Anthology.  Grasmere: Wordsworth Trust, 2014. Print. (Purchased at Wordsworth Museum). https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html, https://wordsworth.org.uk/visit/garden/html

 

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils —

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

 

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margins of a bay;

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

Excerpt from Dorothy Wordsworth: An AnthologyFrom the Grasmere Journal:

7 June 1800 – A very warm cloudy morning, threatening to rain.  I walked up to Mr. Simpsons to gather gooseberries — it was a fine afternoon — little Tommy came down with me, ate gooseberry pudding & drank tea with me.  We went up the hill to gather sods & plants & went down to the lake side & took up orchises &c — I watered down the garden & weeded…I heard a foot go to the front of the house, turn round, & open the gate.  It was William — — after hour first joy was over we got some tea…

Continue into the Main Street of Grasmere to find gift shops selling Beatrix Potter items, and also the St. Oswald’s Church where the Wordsworth family is buried

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