Discover Lord Tennyson’s Somersby

Somersby, Lincolnshire

Visit Somersby House, Tennyson’s birthplace, and the village’s "silent woody places" that featured in much of the Victorian poet’s work.

Nestled in the south-eastern reaches of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and dominated by an imposing, red-bricked country pile, the tiny hamlet of Somersby formed the aesthetic for one of England’s most enduring poets.

The country pile is not Tennyson’s, despite his title. Awarded a peerage during a more than 40-year stint as Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland, Alfred, Lord Tennyson spent his childhood and parts of his adult life in Somersby. Tennyson’s father was rector of the ancient, golden sandstone parish church of St Margaret, still a picturesque spot.

In fact, the town’s visual character remains much the same as it was in Tennyson’s day, including the stream that inspired his poem, The Brook.

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