I wandered lonely into Greggs...Wordsworth workplace competition to be judged by descendants of famous poet

The Westmorland Gazette: I wandered lonely into Greggs...Wordsworth workplace competition to be judged by descendants of famous poet I wandered lonely into Greggs...Wordsworth workplace competition to be judged by descendants of famous poet

WILLIAM Wordsworth descendants are to judge a poetry competition involving local school children.

The contest has been organised by Stampers Restaurant in Ambleside which is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Wordsworth becoming 'Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland' and starting work in The Old Stamp House.

The building on Church Street and opposite The Priest Hole, is two-tier with the street-level part occupied by national pasty chain Greggs, and the cellar being home to Stampers restaurant run by Helen Abel.

At the same time as Wordsworth went to work in Ambleside; he also moved from Dove Cottage, Grasmere, to Rydal Mount near Ambleside, where he lived for 37 years until he died in 1850 at the age of 80.

The Wordsworth family still own Rydal Mount and Gardens and have offered to judge the youngsters’ work. A reception for winners and their families will be held at Stampers in March.

Ambleside Primary School and the Lakes School are taking part.

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4:12pm Fri 4 Jan 13

oldrollingstone says...

Oh Ellis - you have got it wrong again! Wordsworth left Dove Cottage in 1808 and lived in two other houses in Grasmere before moving to Rydal Mount.

This whole thing is rather puzzling.

Why would you celebrate the year that Wordsworth gave up creating original poetry (instead of editing, publishing and promoting it) and became a tax collector? And why would you celebrate that with a poetry competition? And why would you choose people with no apparent connection to poetry except being (distantly) related to Wordsworth, to judge it.

A publicity stunt on a very tight budget? Hmmmmm.
Oh Ellis - you have got it wrong again! Wordsworth left Dove Cottage in 1808 and lived in two other houses in Grasmere before moving to Rydal Mount. This whole thing is rather puzzling. Why would you celebrate the year that Wordsworth gave up creating original poetry (instead of editing, publishing and promoting it) and became a tax collector? And why would you celebrate that with a poetry competition? And why would you choose people with no apparent connection to poetry except being (distantly) related to Wordsworth, to judge it. A publicity stunt on a very tight budget? Hmmmmm. oldrollingstone

8:59pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Yes, times are hard and the restaurant needs a boost, but the headline is a good laugh. We do get our word's worth in The Westmorland Gazette. Next week it's the anniversary of the time Beatrix Potter tied her shoelace.
Yes, times are hard and the restaurant needs a boost, but the headline is a good laugh. We do get our word's worth in The Westmorland Gazette. Next week it's the anniversary of the time Beatrix Potter tied her shoelace. Milkbutnosugarplease

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