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September 16, 2013

Somersby in Lincolnshire was the birthplace of Alfred Tennyson (the Lord came later), that most typically Victorian of Victorian poets.Lincolnshire 161

Alfred’s father was the vicar in Somersby and the nearby parish of Bag Enderby (lovely names both) at the time of Alfred’s birth in 1809.Lincolnshire 160

Somersby takes a bit of finding, along narrow country lanes from Horncastle, but it is well worth the journey.

It can’t have changed much in solitude in a couple of hundred years, perhaps the greatest impact coming from the Enclosure Acts. There are probably fewer buildings now than in the poet’s time, and the population has probably decreased considerably.Lincolnshire 164

The pictures here show the parish church (thatched in Tennyson’s time) and the poet’s rectory birthplace.

The local guidebook tells that the Tennyson children, being passionately fond of animals, would trespass in the woods, tripping the animal traps set by the local gamekeepers.

If you are in Lincolnshire then do seek out Somersby and Bag Enderby, if you want to take some time out from the world.

The church is open. The poet’s birthplace, sadly, is not.

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