Tennyson (1809 - 1892)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was a remarkable man, who led a remarkable life. He was born in the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1809, was the most successful poet of Victorian times and is still read and loved by many today. All across the Lincolnshire Wolds, Tennyson's inspirational haunts can be discovered - his home village of Somersby, Bag Enderby where his father was rector, his school in Louth, his growing social life at Harrington Hall, inspirational spots like Stockwith Mill where the River Lymn babbles along and Tealby where his grandfather lived.
St. Margaret's Church, Somersby. This quaint 15th century church is not just any old church, this is where Alfred Lord Tennyson was baptised, where his father was Rector, and the hamlet of Somersby is where the bard spent the first 28 years of his life. St Margaret's' church and Somersby are an obvious starting point to discover more about Tennyson – but did you know about the ‘Tennyson Trail'? This trail takes you to key places in the Lincolnshire Wolds and beyond that played an important part in Tennyson's life. Many of the places on the trail have information boards about Tennyson, his life and his friends – why not get out and about, help towards the preservation of Somersby Church and discover more about this iconic Lincolnshire Legend.
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which is the most significant collection on Alfred Tennyson in the world, based in the dome of Lincoln Central Library. For primary material related to Tennyson, the research centre has no equal. Tennyson's library and those of many family members are held with manuscripts, proofs, letters, photographs and personal belongings and papers.
Researchers can study surrounded by the libraries and personalia and the more casual visitors can arrange a ‘tour' to see some of the highlights which include:
- The letter of sympathy from Queen Victoria to Tennyson on the death of his son
- The copy of Through the Looking Glass that Lewis Carroll gave to Tennyson
- Prince Albert's letter to Tennyson asking for his autograph
- The altered drafts of The Charge of The Light Brigade
- Cameron's photographs of ‘King Arthur'
- Hand-illustrated editions by enthusiastic amateurs
The centre is open Monday to Wednesday 9.30am to 2.30am. Arrangements are made for longer research visits and visits later in the week. Please contact the centre to book. Telephone: 01522 782010 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org