Coleridge Cottage is a cottage situated in Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset, England. The 17th century cottage was originally two buildings which were later combined and expanded. In 1797 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge rented the cottage. While he lived there he wrote many of his better known works. He was visited by William Wordsworth and other early members of the Romantic movement. Coleridge moved out in 1799 and the building was refurbished. Almost 100 years after his occupation some of his admirers leased the property and eventually bought it, after a national campaign and significant private funding. In 1909 they handed it over to the National Trust who have run it as a writer’s home museum since then.
Wordsworth lived (for free) in this mansion with his sister Dorothy around five miles from Coleridge’s cottage at Nether Stowey:
Later Coleridge moved to Greta Hall in the town of Keswick to again be near his friends William and Dorothy Wordsworth:
William and Dorothy Wordsworth lived in the town of Grasmere, not far from Keswick:
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Max Gate was Thomas Hardy‘s home for over 40 years from 1885 to his death in 1928. he bought the 1.5 acre site, on the windswept ridge a mile from the center of Dorchester. Hardy’s Cottage was the birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928). He spent his childhood and early years here, returning from periods in London and elsewhere to relax in the family home, only leaving it when he married his first wife in 1874. Max Gate and Hardy’s Cottage are now owned by the National Trust.
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