John Freeth
(1731-1808)

Died aged c. 77

John Freeth was an English innkeeper, poet and songwriter. He was also known as Poet Freeth and John Free. As the owner of Freeth's Coffee House between 1768 and his death in 1808, he was major figure in the political and cultural life of Birmingham during the Midlands Enlightenment.One of his poems was "The Tripe Eaters". In a totally random connection, the residents of the northern city of Porto are known as Tripeiros, 'tripe-eaters'.

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John Freeth (1731 – 29 September 1808), also known as Poet Freeth and who published his work under the pseudonym John Free, was an English innkeeper, poet and songwriter. As the owner of Freeth's Coffee House between 1768 and his death in 1808, he was major figure in the political and cultural life of Birmingham during the Midlands Enlightenment.

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John Freeth the Birmingham Poet of Bell Street 1731-1808

East Mall - Bullring (to the right of the Horatio Nelson statue), Birmingham, United Kingdom where they was