William Wordsworth Allen Banks Grasmere

Too good an opportunity to resist. Sitting where William Wordsworth would have enjoyed the most spectacular view of the Lake District, with well used brush and paint and a scrap of paper… at one with William W. #urbansketchers William Wordsworth Allen Banks Grasmere

Allen Banks and the seat of William Wordsworth
Allen Banks and the seat of William Wordsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allen Banks is a National Trust property in Grasmere Lake District Cumbria, that was once occupied by the poet William Wordsworth from 1808 to 1811.

It was also occupied by Dorothy WordsworthDora WordsworthThomas De QuinceySamuel Taylor ColeridgeThomas ArnoldMatthew Arnold and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley.

It was Hardwicke Rawnsley who together with Octavia Hill who established The National Trust. The National Trust now own Allen Banks.

William Wordsworth Allen Banks Grasmere

In the 1950s and 2011, fires destroyed much of the interior of the house, and today’s visitors are treated to a slightly repaired version of the original build. The National Trust has deliberately left much of the fire damaged internal fabric of the building in a ‘distressed’ state, giving an incredibly interesting atmosphere.

In one of the downstairs rooms, tables, chairs, water-colours and brushes are available for the visitor to have a go at painting the fantastic view that the occupiers would have enjoyed.

So, armed with brush, paint and a piece of paper, too good an opportunity to resist.

Allen Banks and the seat of William Wordsworth
Allen Banks and the seat of William Wordsworth