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Pastoral poet

Wordsworth House, the birthplace and childhood home of poet William Wordsworth has been re-opened after a pound;1 million re-development by the National Trust. The beautiful Cumbrian surroundings of the Georgian household became the inspiration for the poet's idealisation of nature and childhood and it has been re-decorated using authentic furnishings and colours. New rooms have also been opened up to show a full replica kitchen and the young William's bedroom full of toys, clothes and juvenile clutter.

Costumed guides taking on the roles of household servants describe daily life for the little boy who was to become a great English poet. Admission to Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumbria, pound;1.50 per child in groups of 15 or more. Tel: 0870 458 4000 or visit

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