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"a pretty little Villa, with coach-house and stable... a most delightful and retired spot"

Advertisement in 'The Times', Wednesday, 14 June 1848.

"I am glad you are at Wentworth Place... I can see you walking about the garden, feeling a satisfaction that your jerusalems and peas and Pinks and roses are more beautiful than your friend & neighbour Mrs B."

George Keats, in a letter to his sister Fanny Keats, 12 July 1828.

The most famous occupant of Keats House was, of course, John Keats. The house remains significant to so many people because of his time spent here: the site of his most productive writing, his tragic love story, and the illness that led to his untimely death. Yet Keats lived here for less than 21 months, in a house that served as a residence for over 100 years.

What of the other inhabitants of Keats House? Who lived here when it was Wentworth Place, Laurel Cottage and Lawn Bank? What joy, scandals and tragedies occurred here, and what can they tell us about life in the 19th and 20th centuries? This new exhibition provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the others who called this house ‘home’ between 1816 and 1920.

Entrance to the exhibition is included with admission to the house.

A programme of events will run alongside the exhibition – see our Eventbrite site for more details.

A logo for Hidden Histories of Keats House.
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