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Wordsworth House

Built around 1670 and updated in 1745 for Joshua Lucock, Sheriff of Cumberland, this modest two storey house of nine bays is now famous as the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth on 7 April 1770. Although some alterations have been made since Wordsworth’s time, much of the decoration survives, including panelling, plasterwork and scrolled overdoors. When the building was threatened with demolition in 1937, an appeal was launched to save it. Two years later, Wordsworth House and Garden was given to the Trust as a permanent memorial to the poet.

Visitor Information

Address:
Main Street,
Cockermouth,
Cumbria,
England,
CA13 9RX

Telephone: 01900 824805

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house

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Wordsworth House, Cumbria (Accredited Museum)

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Nine of the 11 rooms are furnished with mid-to-late 18th-century furniture, including some pieces associated with the poet William Wordsworth, such as his bookshelves, his long-case clock, and a set of walnut chairs (that once belonged to the poet Robert Southey).

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