A guided walk round Coleridge’s Nether Stowey


This year Ian Enters and I held two guided walks, recreating the Nether Stowey that Samuel Taylor Coleridge knew when he lived here between 1797 and 1799. The walk was one of three that we arranged as part of the celebrations commemorating the publication of Kubla Khan in 1816. The walk included insights into the village as it was in 1797, with readings from both Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

It was here in Stowey that Coleridge wrote his most famous poems, including The Ancient Mariner, Frost at Midnight and This Lime-tree Bower my Prison. The short stay in Stowey was probably the happiest and most fulfilling part of Coleridge’s life.

I have created a 12-page booklet of the walk which I presented at the Stowey Walkers are Welcome launch yesterday. Reaction has been positive, and I am hoping to make it available to everyone as a free downloadable PDF. However, it has also been suggested that we might be able to sell it as a printed booklet through local outlets. I am sourcing print quotes at the moment.

About Terence Sackett

I am a writer and designer. I live in Nether Stowey, which is on the borders of the Quantock hills. I am a committee member of the Friends of Coleridge, and wrote and designed the booklet/visitor guide for the National Trust’s Coleridge Cottage. I look after the website for the Friends (www.friendsofcoleridge.com). My novel about Siamese twins titled ‘Riven is now on Kindle. It can be read with a free downloaded Kindle app for an iPad, smartphone, tablet, or computer. The book is available from Amazon. What’s it about? Brief blurb below: It is the story of the Victorian painter Thomas Tait Genoa and his desperate flight through the West Country to save his conjoined twin daughters from the surgeon’s knife. This was before the era of anaesthetics. A 5-start bAmazon review: 'A masterpiece, truly deserving of the five star rating I have given it. The very human experience described so eloquently could not fail to tug at the heart of any parent who has ever gazed on a poorly child in the dark hours of the night and anguished over what to do for the best. This novel might be set in a very particular time and space but the heartfelt emotions of the protagonists are timeless, I have no hesitation in recommending this wonderful work to anyone who has a heart.
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