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Wordsworth Grasmere: ‘The loveliest spot that man hath ever found’

Jeff Cowton MBE

    ISBN: 9781785515675

    Size: 210 x 200 mm

    Binding: paperback

    Pages: 40

    In association with:

    Date published: August, 2024

    UK £9.95 /US $35


  • A Guide to one of the world’s finest literary house museums, Dove Cottage in Grasmere in the English Lake District.
  • Dove Cottage was the home between 1799 and 1808 of the poets William and Dorothy Wordsworth.
  • Includes beautiful reproductions of original letters and manuscripts by William and Dorothy Wordsworth.


‘Here should be my home, this Valley be my World’ wrote William Wordsworth, one of the greatest poets of the English language.

Born in 1770 in the Lake District, William Wordsworth settled in Dove Cottage, Grasmere, with his sister Dorothy in 1799.

This beautiful, richly illustrated guidebook reveals how Dove Cottage has been brought back to life and the sights, sounds and smells evoke memories of over 200 years ago. Little moments taken from the Wordsworths’ poems, journals and letters have been recreated, telling the story of their life here.

In this time of ‘plain living and high thinking’, the everyday mixed with the extraordinary. It was whilst living here, amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life, that Wordsworth wrote many of his greatest poems and his sister Dorothy kept her fascinating Grasmere journal.

Author information

Jeff Cowton MBE is Principal Curator and Head of Learning at Wordsworth Grasmere.