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Location: Rydal Mount

June 18, 2014
Rydal Mount is the historic home of William Wordsworth. Wordsworth lived, wrote, and gardened at Rydal Mount from 1813-1850.

 

Historical Context

William Wordsworth moved to Rydal Mount from his previous residence, Dove Cottage, in 1813 in order to accomodate his growing family. Located in Cumbria, in the midst of the Lake District, Rydal Mount boasts beautiful views of Lake Windermere and Rydal Water, as well as four acres of gardens. Wordsworth was a prolific gardener, and he, along with his wife, three children, sister, and sister-in-law, set about landscaping the property with great enthusiasm. Most of their designs, including multiple terraces, rock pools, and numerous lawns and gardens, remain undisturbed today. 

Wordsworth produced a considerable amount of poetry while living at Rydal Mount, including “Surprised by Joy” and “The Longest Day.” One of his most well-known poems, “The Daffodils,” was finalized and published during his time there. 

Wordsworth lived at Rydal Mount until his death in 1850. The property is still owned by his descendants. 

 

Interesting Features

  • Dora’s Field, a vast garden of daffodils planted by Wordsworth after his daughter Dora’s death in 1847
  • The Coffin Trail, a scenic walk leading over the lake, named after the path taken by medieval coffin bearers who carried the deceased to St. Oswald’s Church in nearby Grasmere  
  • The attic study, which Wordsworth used during his time as Poet Laureate 
  • The Mount, an ancient mound reportedly dating to the 9th century, during which it was used as a lookout point for Norseman settlers 
  • Wordsworth’s Seat, a rocky outcropping with a view of the lake noted as one of the poet’s favorite vantage points 

Last modified on Jun. 19th at 12:38am by Maria Come.

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