Keswick – Greta Hall
Main Street, Keswick Cumbria CA12 5NH. Tel 017687 75980.
Greta Hall was built about 1800 and was the former home of the Lake poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. Southey, who was poet laureate from 1813 – 1843, lived there for forty years. Many famous literary personalities visted Greta Hall – the Wordsworths, Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, P.B. Shelley, and Sir Walter Scott.
From 1872 to 1887 it was a girls’ school. In 1909 it was bought by Canon Rawnsley, and was rented to the headmaster of Keswick School as a girls’ boarding house. In 1921 it was bought by the governors of the school and remained a girls’ boarding house until 1994. It then became a private home.
Greta Hall was bought by the current owners in 1998, and has been restored to provide bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation.
There is much information about the history of Greta Hall and its residents in George Bott‘s book ‘Keswick – The Story of a Lake District Town’, published 1994 by Cumbria County Council/Chaplins Booksellers.
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