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Dramatic flooding of 2009

The day the flood came

Under attack: Wordsworth House surrounded by the flood waters in 2009

Under attack: Wordsworth House surrounded by the flood waters in 2009

As a boy, William Wordsworth loved to play and read on the banks of the River Derwent, which flows past Wordsworth House. As an adult, he remembered it as ‘the fairest of all rivers’ and ‘a tempting playmate’. On November 19, 2009, the ‘playmate’ of his memory turned into a raging torrent.

Help us restore William's cellars

Bustling: How Wordsworth House cellars might have looked in William's day

The house's cellars were filled to the ceiling in the flood. We are hoping to restore them to their former glory. Please help us when you visit, by buying a raffle ticket, making a donation or taking out a membership.

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