The sorely neglected Tom Poole

I have written and designed a 12-page booklet on Tom Poole for Nether Stowey residents and visitors. I’ve tried to make the information easy to read and not too detailed.

It is a travesty that you can walk through Nether Stowey and not know that Poole ever existed. Yet if you ask Stowey-born residents to name the most important character in the history of the village, many will say Tom Poole, not Coleridge.

Poole was Coleridge’s most faithful and supportive friend. His legacy to the village of Nether Stowey is profound. His commitment to the poor, his energy and vision, the many monuments to his efforts, including the Women’s Friendly Society, the village school, the Savings Bank, and his work for Rickman on the Poor Laws, are testament to his achievements.

It will be available in A5 size in July as a FREE companion to my ‘A Walk round Nether Stowey in 1797 with Samuel Taylor Coleridge’ booklet.

To view a PDF, visit the news section of the Friends of Coleridge website:

http://www.friendsofcoleridge.com

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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