Francis Thompson
(1859-1907)

Died aged c. 48

For others with this name, see Francis Thompson (disambiguation). Francis Thompson (16 December 1859 – 13 November 1907) was an English poet and ascetic. After attending college, he moved to London to become a writer, but could only find menial work and became addicted to opium, and was a street vagrant for years. A married couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his first book Poems in 1893. Thompson lived as an unbalanced invalid in Wales and at Storrington, but wrote three books of poetry, with other works and essays, before dying of tuberculosis in 1907.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Photo of Francis Thompson blue plaque
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Francis Thompson
Photo of Francis Thompson bronze plaque
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In 1905-1906 Francis Thompson (1859-1907) poet and essayist lodged here.

Victoria Road, Crawley, United Kingdom where he lodged

Francis Thompson [full inscription unknown]

Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom where he was

1859 1907 Francis Thompson Poet was born in this house Dec 16 1859. "Ever and anon a trumpet sounds From the bird battlements of Eternity"

7 Winckley Street, Preston, United Kingdom where he was born (1859)