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William Wordsworth's School Desk Carving

Hawkshead, England

This small village museum contains the schoolboy scratchings of William Wordsworth. 


The Old Grammar School in Hawkshead boasts a rich history that dates back to its establishment in 1585. For over three centuries, the school served as an education hub for numerous generations until its closure in 1909.

Among its distinguished alumni was the famous poet, William Wordsworth, who attended the school from 1779 to 1787. In adulthood, Wordsworth left an indelible mark on the history of poetry, as a child, however, Wordsworth’s writing left another kind of mark when he carved his name onto one of his school desks.

This signature remains, protected behind glass, as a visible reminder of his time at the school. The Old Grammar School has now been transformed into a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into its past, including the historic artifact that bears the signature of one of the most celebrated poets of the English language.

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