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John Clare Cottage

Tucked away between Stamford and Peterborough lies the village of Helpston, the home of John Clare (1793-1864). Widely regarded as one of the greatest of the English poets, John Clare lived in the village for his first forty years from 1793 until 1832.

The John Clare Trust purchased John Clare Cottage in 2005, preserving it for future generations. The Cottage has been restored, using traditional building methods, to create a centre where people can learn about John Clare, his works, how rural people lived in the early 19th century and also gain an understanding of the environment.

The Cottage contains examples of his work together with information about his life. Some of the rooms have been returned to the style that would have been found in cottages in the early 19th century in rural England. The gardens have been redesigned and planted with varieties which would have been seen in Clare’s time.

The Cottage shop is the perfect place to buy a memento of your visit - we specialise in John Clare books and local art and craft items. Why not relax in our lovely cafe and try one of our homemade soups, daily specials, or one of our selection of Clare's cakes. 

All cakes and light bites on our menu are made on the premises

Who to contact

Telephone
01733 253330
E-mail
dm3@clarecottage.org
Website
Clare Cottage Website

Where to go

Address
Clare Cottage
Woodgate
Helpston
Peterborough
District
Peterborough
Postcode
PE6 7ED
Notes

Time / Date Details

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 11:00 16:00
Friday 11:00 16:00
Saturday 11:00 16:00

Other Details

Availability

Specific age range
All ages
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