VISIT TO BLAKE’S COTTAGE
2-4 pm Saturday 11 June 2016
Blake’s Cottage, 1 Blake’s Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 7EB
All our welcome to step inside William & Catherine’s home for tea & conversation and talk about the future of the Cottage.
After four centuries as a private dwelling, Blake’s Cottage was purchased successfully last autumn and placed into charitable ownership. So this June day is perhaps the first time since it was built in the 17th Century that the general public has been able to enter the Cottage – a home where William Blake and his wife Catherine lived for three peaceful yet turbulent years between 1800 and 1803.
‘Beneath our thatched roof of rusted gold’ William and Catherine created some extraordinary works including the visionary encounter with Milton and the words we now sing as ‘Jerusalem’. It was here also where the violent events unfolded that led to his trial for sedition.
The Trustees of the Blake Cottage Trust will be present to show you around the Cottage and talk about the plans for the future and the challenges yet to be faced, and with your help, surmounted.
For those travelling by train to Bognor Regis, ask directions at the station to the sea, then turn left at the ocean and walk along the sea front to the village of Felpham where Blake’s Road runs inland from the beach towards this old Domesday Book village. Blake’s Cottage is at the far end on the right with a thatched roof. The walk from Bognor Regis Station takes half an hour, and is a good way to travel on a fair day.