Our 18thC garden originally belonged to the apothecary who lived next door to Orchard Side. After his death, Cowper was allowed the use of this former medicinal and herbal garden. Selected friends were allowed to visit him in the unique building in the centre, which he described as his ‘verse manufactory’ or ‘sulking house’ dependent on his mood. After the poet’s death admirers of his works visited this small ‘literary shrine’ and many inscribed their names and dates on the walls and ceiling, the earliest found being 1802!
Follow a lantern-lit pathway through the gardens to William Cowper’s Summer House. Enjoy a glass of wine, music and conversation, learn more about the summer house’s history and be treated to a fabulous talk by Lisa Gee on William Hayley, Cowper’s biographer and the Poet Laureate that England never had.
Entrance £6 per adult (to include wine) (CowpNewt)