Cockermouth and Wordsworth House

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Wordsworth House

Last weekend I spent a morning in Cockermouth – essentially on the way to the hills, but I took the chance while I was there to prowl around and have a look at things.

It turns out that Wordsworth isn’t the only Georgian character they’re proud of – they also have John Dalton, who proposed the atomic theory and was the first person to create a table of atomic weights, Fletcher Christian, of Bounty fame (or infamy), and a man called Fearon Fallows, sent by the Admiralty to come astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope.

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William Wordsworth
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John Dalton
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Fletcher Christian
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Fearon Fallows

It was Dalton I came across first – prowling around early in the morning, before most of the shops were open, I took myself on a kind of treasure hunt around the marketplace, to find various pieces of artwork in the pavements and other places – which include a very scientific drain cover, and bollards decorated with Dalton’s atomic symbols.

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Atoms in the marketplace
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Atomic bollards

I had time for more wandering around before Wordworth House opened, and found Fearon Fallows’ birthplace nearby.

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Fearon Fallows’ birthplace

Late in the morning I visited Wordsworth House, birthplace of both William and Dorothy.

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Wordsworth’s birthplace

I don’t seem to have taken many pictures in the house – I never do, they all look much the same – but I did like this ship in a bowl.

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Ship bowl

And a lady was making very decorative food in the kitchen!

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Fancy food

The garden at the back leads down to the riverbank, and was a nice place to prowl around.

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Wordsworth House gardens
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