I have been to Allan Bank in Grasmere lots of times. Today’s visit involved spotting a Calvert Trust Herdy called Hethrington and coffee with Chris.
For those who don’t know what Allan bank is, it’s a National trust property perched on a hill looking majestically down over Grasmere.
It was the home of William Wordsworth for a while and whilst condemning it as ugly when it was built, he went on to say “The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.
He only lived here for a couple of years as complained the fires smoked too much and fell out with the landlords. The next resident was Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founders of the National Trust. He retired in 1917 to Grasmere, where he had bought Allan Bank in 1915. He died in 1920, leaving Allan Bank to the Trust.
In March 2011 there was a fire at Allan Bank, the National Trust decided that the house should be restored and open to the public. Which it did in May 2012. Whilst the house has been restored, it has been left shabby. No shrines to its famous dwellers. Each room is themed with a different activity.
There’s a dressing up room, the outfits more suited to children boo 😦 but hats fits and Peter rabbit hugs are one size fits all!