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Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth's childhood home
Wordsworth House and Garden, birthplace of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy, is one of the stars of a major new behind-the-scenes ITV series showing over the autumn and winter.
This lovely Georgian townhouse, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is among six properties featured in Inside the National Trust, presented by Michael Buerk.
In each episode, Michael uncovers hidden secrets about the places he visits and learns new skills.
At Wordsworth House and Garden, he experiences late 18th-century life at first hand, spending time as an apprentice manservant and a trainee gardener.
Presented as the Wordsworths’ bustling family home and peopled by costumed servants, the house and garden offer an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s.
For Michael, this included preparing strawberry fritters in front of dozens of people in the working kitchen, giving an impromptu talk about 18th-century dining, being a guinea pig for some very strange herbal teas, taking part in a "jingling match", and getting wigged and made up as a Georgian dandy.
The results caused much hilarity among visitors, staff and volunteers – see for yourself on ITV1 at 12.25pm every Sunday from October 6. And if you enjoy watching, why not come and visit?
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Fletch, our perchcrow – so called because he couldn’t scare anything – blogs about life at Wordsworth House and in our lovely heritage garden.