English Lakeland


24. Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage, the Mecca of thousands of worshippers at Wordsworth's shrine. Here he lived from 1799 to 1808, after which it became for many years the home of Thomas de Quincey. The cottage is now a repository of valuable MSS., portraits, and priceless relics of the Lake Poets which are open to the public at all times. The little, natural rock garden

" Sweet garden-orchard, eminently fair,
The loveliest spot that man hath ever found"

is just as Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy left it.

Interior of Dove Cottage; a typical old-time Westmerian home which must awaken a responsive chord in the hearts of all who visit it.

The Island, Grasmere. - A pleasant hour can be spent in rowing round the lake, returning by the island of our picture, once visited by the late King Edward.

Kirkstone Pass and Brothers Water. - A wild pass indeed ! Something to remember in after days when time and inexorable circumstances have driven one again to the humdrum duties of everyday life.