TENNYSON COUNTRY

Up in the Lincolnshire Wolds, which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there is an area where one of our greatest poets grew up. Somersby where he was born is not even a village , just a straggle of properties opposite the small church where Tennyson’s father was rector.  Tennyson was born in the Georgian Rectory in 1809, the fourth of 12 children. These days it is a private house and stands next to Somersby Grange, a castellated manor house.  A couple of years ago I got the chance to go on a  Tennyson Walk and therefore was able to visit the grounds of the Rectory and Harrington Hall. Harrington Hall was not far from Somersby and Tennyson visited often. He was hopelessly infatuated with its tenant’s ward Rosa Baring and his poem Maud was inspired by his love for her. His poem The Brook was also  inspired by the small river that runs through the village. There is also an interesting church at nearby Bag Enderby where Tennyson’s father was also rector. The whole area is a great spot for walking and there a  good selection of pubs to try out nearby.

If you visit Lincoln look out for the statue of Tennyson in the grounds of the Cathedral.

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