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William and his sister Dorothy loved to play in the walled garden

William and his sister Dorothy loved to play in the walled garden

An idyllic outdoor upbringing

As a boy, William spent his days playing in the garden with his sister Dorothy, reading by the River Derwent, and roaming the local countryside. The poems he wrote drawing on these experiences inspired generations of nature lovers, including Beatrix Potter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founders of the National Trust.

A family home saved from the wreckers

The Wordsworths aren’t the only family to have left their mark on this house. Thanks to their inadvertent pyromaniac tendencies, the Ellises, who lived here in the 1930s, were almost responsible for its destruction on several occasions.

Get the full picture with our guidebook

This engaging 32-page guide explores the happiness and heartache of William and Dorothy's early years, along with the stories of some of Wordsworth House's more recent residents, including the Ellis family.

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