Visit to the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage, Grasmere, July 2015
Members of the Society enjoyed an interesting and informative afternoon at the Wordsworth Museum and Dove Cottage at Grasmere on the 30th July. The traffic was heavy as not only was it school holidays but also Ambleside Sports – so lots of delays both going and coming back. Luckily all set off in good time and delays coming back did not matter. The scenery was lovely as the weather was, for this summer, about as good we get.
We were welcomed on arrival by Susan Allen who came to speak to the Society on Dorothy Wordsworth. She and a trainee gave us tea / coffee and biscuits and also background information to help us as we enjoyed the afternoon together with a paper detailing the descriptions and history of the buildings owned by The Wordsworth Trust.
We then had a full guided tour of Dove Cottage (which used to be an inn and dates from the 1600s) and were able to wander around the garden where Wordsworth wrote many of his more well-known poems (with lovely views to Grasmere) before going to the new (2005) library for a talk by another member of the staff who showed us some of the thousands of books, including Wordsworth’s own copy of Milton’s “Paradise Lost” which he so treasured.
We then went to the museum where we were left to browse the interesting exhibits about the lives of William Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and his wife Mary until we left about 5.00. Both the museum and Dove Cottage would warrant another visit as there was so much to see and enjoy.