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View of Grasmere from Loughrigg Fell, from 'Lake Scenery of England',by J.B Payne, 1859

In 1799, Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, set up home in a modest cottage at Grasmere. Many of his most famous poems were written here.

This view comes from James Baker Pyne’s ‘Lake Scenery of England’, published in 1859. Pyne writes: "The character of the eastern shore of Grasmere Lake has undergone considerable alteration since Wordsworth resided in the adjacent village. The grove at the north-east end of the Lake was, in a great measure, destroyed by turning the highroad along this side of the water. The few trees that are left standing were spared at Wordsworth’s intercession."

It was the unspoiled nature of Grasmere that had appealed to the poet. On his first visit there in 1769, Wordsworth noted "Not a single red tile, no flaring gentleman’s house or garden walls, break in upon the repose of this little unsuspected paradise; but all is peace, rusticity, and happy poverty in its neatest and most becoming attire."

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