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Wordsworth works to be 'reimagined' in £4.75m revamp

Dove Cottage
Image caption Wordsworth lived with his sister Dorothy at Dove Cottage in Grasmere

The works of poet William Wordsworth are to be "reimagined" in a £4.75m revamp of his Lake District home.

The Wordsworth Trust plans to "sensitively" expand the site in Grasmere, which includes Dove Cottage, where the Daffodils poem was written.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant will also see a new visitor hub created, where more of the trust's collection will be displayed.

The work is due to be completed in time for the poet's 250th birthday in 2020.

Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived at Dove Cottage from 1799 to 1808, where it became known as the centre for British Romanticism.

It was during this time that Wordsworth penned the line "I wandered lonely as a cloud", inspired by the daffodils they viewed on the shores of Ullswater.

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Image caption Wordsworth lived in Grasmere from 1799 to 1808

An HLF spokesman said: "Across the site, larger windows, sympathetic landscaping and greater public access to gardens and woodlands will connect visitors with the landscape.

"Original manuscripts will become a key element in involving people in the world of Wordsworth so they can understand how he worked to perfect thoughts and ideas that are still relevant today."

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