The 21st March is World Poetry Day, and the National Trust at Wordsworth House will be celebrating the event with readings of the poet’s best known works while visitors peruse the antique bookcases of the rooms where the great Romantic poet spent his early childhood.
The Chippendale dining chairs and antique mahogany pedestal desk of the Cumbrian mansion where William Wordsworth and his sister were born are not the same as those that were originally there. The handsome Georgian townhouse changed hands many times after the Wordsworths left, leaving few clues as to how it would have been furnished. Nonetheless, the National Trust have done a remarkable job in recreating the kind of house the Wordsworths would have felt familiar in.
A trip to Wordsworth House is a unique experience for visitors to step back into the 1770s, with costumed servants bustling around the antique dining tables , food tastings, dressing-up workshops and literary events such as Flowering Imaginations, which takes place on World Poetry Day.
Anyone wondering how the antique desks and cabinets of Wordsworth House stay so shiny should also visit on 23rd March, when the housekeeping staff will be sharing Georgian cleaning secrets in an event called Conservation In Action. On 30th March there’s a family event which would definitely have met with young William Wordsworth’s approval: an Easter egg hunt in the garden, sponsored by Cadbury.
Georgian style furniture is widely available from antique dealers in Preston. Look for antique mahogany pedestal desks and Victorian dining chairs in Chippendale or Hepplewhite Revival styles.
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