The Wordsworth Trust

The Wordsworth Trust

Charity information

The Wordsworth Trust

The Wordsworth Trust is a charity dedicated to the poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850), who is generally regarded as the greatest poet in the English language after Shakespeare and Milton. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is our Patron.

The Wordsworth Trust was founded in 1891 to look after Dove Cottage, one of the world’s most important literary shrines. Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808, his ‘golden decade’ when he wrote most of what is now regarded as his greatest poetry, including ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’, probably the most well-known poem in the English language. Dove Cottage is visited by many tens of thousands of visitors a year.

The Wordsworth Trust also cares for the Wordsworth family archive, which includes 90% of known Wordsworth manuscripts (as well as his sister Dorothy’s notebooks – what is now known as the ‘Grasmere Journal’). Nowhere else in the world can so much of a great writer’s work be seen in the very place it was written. Today, this archive is the cornerstone of a collection of manuscripts, printed books and works of art that tells the story of the British Romantic movement.

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