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Tennyson's Isle of Wight home may be transformed

Wed 10 Mar 2010

Tennyson's Isle of Wight home may be transformed

Authorities on the Isle of Wight are to consider plans to give Alfred Lord Tennyson's old home a makeover.

The former Poet Laureate lived at Farringford in Freshwater for 40 years, during which time he hosted a string of distinguished guests including Lewis Carroll, Charles Darwin and Edward Lear.

According to the Isle of Wight County Press, plans have been submitted to restore part of the historic building to how it appeared during the 19th century.

The proposals will be considered by the planning committee at the Isle of Wight Council.

Farrington currently serves as a hotel and also offers other attractions such as a golf course, a bowling green and a tennis court.

Tennyson wrote many of his best known works at the house, including Idylls of the King and Enoch Arden.

He succeeded William Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850 and held the position until his death in 1892.
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