Wordsworth’s birthplace reopens
The house in the Lake District where William Wordsworth grew up reopened to the public last week after an eight-month £1m renovation. “We want visitors to be inspired to go away and find out more about Wordsworth and his poetry,” said Kate Hilton, curator of Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, where the poet was born in 1770. “And perhaps to find out more about life in 18th-century Cumbria.”
The people of Cockermouth bought the grand Georgian house, the finest in the town, when it was about to be demolished to make way for a bus station, and gave it to the National Trust in 1938.