Coleridge Cottage

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Coleridge Cottage
White painted building
Coleridge Cottage is located in Somerset
Coleridge Cottage
Location within Somerset and the United Kingdom
Established 1998
Location Nether Stowey, Somerset
Coordinates 51°09′08″N 3°09′13″W / 51.1521°N 3.1537°W / 51.1521; -3.1537
Website Coleridge Cottage information at the National Trust

Coleridge Cottage is a cottage situated in Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset, England.

It was constructed in the 17th century as a building containing a parlour, kitchen and service room on the ground floor and three corresponding bed chambers above.[1] It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[2]

The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived here for three years from 1797. It was here that he wrote This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, part of Christabel, and Frost at Midnight.[3] The cottage was refurbished in 1800. Further major work took place in the second half of the 19th century when rooms were added at the back of the building and the roof was raised.

Having served for many years as 'Moore's Coleridge Cottage Inn', the building was acquired for the nation in 1908, and the following year it was handed over to the National Trust.[4] On 23 May 1998, following a £25,000 appeal by the Friends of Coleridge and the National Trust, two further rooms on the first floor were officially opened by Lord Coleridge. In 2011 the National Trust undertook a major re-presentation project that also saw the opening of additional rooms. The oldest parts of the cottage were now presented as the Coleridge family might have known them, with the original inglenook fireplace in the parlour uncovered and working once more. The garden too was opened to visitors for the first time, complete with an 18th Century vegetable plot, a wildflower area and representations of Coleridge's animals.[5] It is possible to listen to poetry at audio posts around the garden and the well is now operational once more and can be seen in the small courtyard behind the cottage.[6]

A number of mementos of Coleridge are on display including his inkstand, locks of his hair and correspondence in his handwriting.

In 2013 the cottage won 'Gold' in the 'Best Small Visitor Attraction' category at the South West Tourism Awards and in May 2014 won 'Silver' at the Visit England Awards in the same category.[7][8]

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  1. ^ "Coleridge Cottage". Friends of Coleridge. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ "No 35 (Coleridge's Cottage) and No 37" (http). Images of England. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Walk The Coleridge Way". BBC Somerset. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  4. ^ "The Campaign to Acquire Coleridge Cottage". University of Alberta. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  5. ^ "Coleridge Cottage" (PDF). Somerset Routes. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Coleridge Cottage re-opens". National Trust. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "2013/14 Winners". South West Tourism Awards. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "The 2014 VisitEngland Awards 2014 Winners". Visit England. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

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