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Allen Bank, Grasmere 1/7

Allan Bank in Grasmere, is a large house that William Wordsworth had condemned as an eyesore when it was being built. However, in 1808 after he had married, he and Mary moved here with their three children John, Thomas and Dora. Also living with them were Mary’s sister Sara Hutchinson, and their literary friends Thomas de Quincey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They stayed here for two years during which time they had two more children, Catherine and William, but they moved on because the chimneys smoked too much, and they fell out with the landlord.

We're off to the Peak District tomorrow for two or three nights, dependent upon the weather, I will catch up with you all on Thursday/Friday.

Allen Bank, Grasmere 1/7

Allan Bank in Grasmere, is a large house that William Wordsworth had condemned as an eyesore when it was being built. However, in 1808 after he had married, he and Mary moved here with their three children John, Thomas and Dora. Also living with them were Mary’s sister Sara Hutchinson, and their literary friends Thomas de Quincey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. They stayed here for two years during which time they had two more children, Catherine and William, but they moved on because the chimneys smoked too much, and they fell out with the landlord.

We're off to the Peak District tomorrow for two or three nights, dependent upon the weather, I will catch up with you all on Thursday/Friday.

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 14 May 2018, 02:24
It is not the prettiest of houses, Brian, but I like its surroundings very much.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is not the finest looking of houses but it is in a lovely setting.
I love that story! Enjoy the Peak District!
Brian Walbey: There certainly seemed to be a lot of children about when they all lievd there. Thanks for yoru good wishes, the weather, apparently, is due to be fairly good which is the main thing.
Not the prettiest for sure, but I could put up with it to live in the Lakes.
Brian Walbey: The garden runs right down to the shore of Grasmere Water and it has some lovely views. It was in the grounds of this house that I took the Helm Crag pictures.
Utilitarian, I'm sure, Brian, especially with a houseful of kids!

Enjoy your break away. When you return, we'll be in America!
Brian Walbey: It is certainly utilitarian nowadays, the NT have decided not to 'posh' it all up but leave it almost as it was when they took it over. I hope you both have a great time in America, a good way to start your long awaited joint retirement together, I'm assuming you are visiting your family whuile you are there. BTW I looked at your 'In Soul' entry about your meeting with Ayush, one can sense what a nice man he must be just looking at the pictures and reading your narrative, it would be nice if he could make 3rd.Septemeber if he is still in Europe but he no doubt has a lot of other things on his plate, we used to call it work smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 May 2018, 07:38
Mostly people object to new development.
Brian Walbey: I can understand that Chad, think back to my series last year when a new house was built directly opposite our longe window, nothing any of us could do would stop the council letting it be built. Oh and did I mention about half a mile up the road from us an estate of 3,200, yes 3,200 houses, has been given the o.k.which will include 3 travellers areas!!!!
A decent solid house

Have a nice break
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. It is a reasonable old house but it has deliberately been left as it was found. Mind you the garden runs down to Grasmere Water and it has some lovely views.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 May 2018, 09:55
People (not referring to the immediate family) living with me in my house, wouldn't be much of friends.
Brian Walbey: I've always thought it would be difficult to actually live with friends however close you are. Even with family it is difficult, our son and his partner spent a few weeks with us between homes and it isn't easy although we all get on very well.
Look at that mountain!!! The home does not look occupied now.
Brian Walbey: Yes nobody actually lives there now.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 14 May 2018, 19:08
"eyesore" is perhaps a bit harsh, Brian. and i could certainly see myself living in such picturesque surroundings.
Brian Walbey: Perhaps it wasn't posh enough for Wordsworth.

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