SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Somerset’s countryside certainly stirred the emotions and fed the imagination of some of the county’s most admired poets. It was the stunning landscape of the Quantock Hills that inspired Samuel Taylor Coleridge to produce some of his best-known work, and it was here that his friendships with fellow poets William Wordsworth and Robert Southey flourished.
His connection with Somerset began in August 1795 when he and his wife Sara spent their honeymoon in a cottage overlooking the sea in Clevedon. In 1796 the couple moved to Nether Stowey, a small village at the foot of the Quantock Hills. During this time, Coleridge wrote some of his most famous poems, including Frost at Midnight, This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison and Coleridge’s masterpiece, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Now owned by the National Trust, Coleridge Cottage was originally two buildings which were later combined and expanded.