William Wordsworth

Died aged 80

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was an English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Wordsworth's magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semi-autobiographical poem of his early years that he revised and expanded a number of times. It was posthumously titled and published by his wife in the year of his death, before which it was generally known as "the poem to Coleridge". Wordsworth was Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death from pleurisy on 23 April 1850.

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Commemorated on 12 plaques

Here dwelt William Wordsworth B.1770 D.1850

9 North Parade, Bath, United Kingdom where they lived

William Wordsworth stayed here with Raisley Calvert 1794-95.

Robin Hood Inn, 51 King Street, Penrith, United Kingdom where they stayed

To commemorate the sesquicentenary of the death of William Wordsworth at Rydal Mount

Rydal Mount, Rydal, United Kingdom where they died (1850)

On this site stood the grammar school which William Wordsworth Poet Laureate attended as a boy. To this school also came Fletcher Christian leader of the Mutiny On The Bounty April 28th 1788

All Saints Rooms, Cockermouth, United Kingdom where they attended school

The Village School. The Rector and Church wardens were among the pioneers of education for children of ordinary village folk. This small building, now the famous Gingerbread Shop, was the village school for over 220 years from its opening in 1630AD. William Wordsworth and his wife and sister, who believed that universal education was the way for children to escape poverty and ignorance, taught here in the early 19th century. Village children today still attend the church primary school, across the River Rothay from the Parish Church

Main street, Grasmere, United Kingdom where they taught

The Three Tuns. Reputedly built as the Dower House of the Bell Family, Lords of the Manor, this building became a leading coaching inn. William & Dorothy Wordsworth stayed here in 1802.

Three Tuns Hotel, Market Place, Thirsk, United Kingdom where they stayed (1802)

Stricklandgate House. This house was built about 1776 by Joseph Maude, a Kendal banker and for many years housed the Kendal Savings Bank. In 1854 it was leased to the Kendal Literary and Scientific Society of which Wordsworth and Southey were Founder members and became the town's museum and library.

92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, United Kingdom where they connected in an unknown way

Ancient Monument Anne Tyson's Cottage Wordsworth Lodge The poet William Wordsworth lived here whilst a scholar at the Grammar School (1779 - 1787). The Chapel where the poet occasionally worshipped was up the steps on the left of the cottage.

Vicarage Lane, Hawkshead, United Kingdom where they lived (1779-1787)

In this house was born on April 7th 1770 William Wordsworth, Poet Laureate. He died at Rydal Mount Grasmere April 23rd 1850. Interred in Grasmere Churchyard. Dorothy his sister 1771 - 1855

Main Street, Cockermouth, United Kingdom where they was born (1770)

The office of William Wordsworth as distributor of stamps for Westmorland. March 1813 to July 1843

Church Street, Ambleside, United Kingdom where they worked (1813-1843)

The Old Rosslyn Inn (circa 1660-1866). Among the distinguished visitors were King Edward VII when Prince of Wales, Dr Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, Robert Burns and Alexander Naysmith, Sir Walter Scott, and William and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Chapel Loan, Roslin, United Kingdom where they visited

The Wordsworth Graves The acclaimed poet William Wordsworth described Grasmere as "The fairest place on Earth" With his family, Wordsworth became a regular worshipper at St Oswald's. He now rests in this peaceful churchyard alongside his wife Mary, their daughter Dora, their young children Catherine & Thomas, his sister Dorothy, and others close to them. They lie in the shade of a yew tree, one of eight planted by the poet in this churchyard. The Wordsworth Memorial, with portrait medallion by Thomas Woolner RA, is inside the church.

St Oswald's Church, Church Stile, Grasmere, United Kingdom where they was