Coleridge Cottage

Coordinates: 51°09′08″N 3°09′13″W / 51.1521°N 3.1537°W / 51.1521; -3.1537

Coleridge Cottage is a cottage situated in Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset, England.

It was constructed in the 17th century as a building containing a parlour, kitchen and service room on the ground floor and three corresponding bed chambers above. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.

The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived here for three years from 1797. It was here that he wrote This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, part of Christabel, and Frost at Midnight. The cottage was refurbished in 1800. Further major work took place in the second half of the 19th century when rooms were added at the back of the building and the roof was raised.

Having served for many years as 'Moore's Coleridge Cottage Inn', the building was acquired for the nation in 1908, and the following year it was handed over to the National Trust. On 23 May 1998, following a £25,000 appeal by the Friends of Coleridge and the National Trust, two further rooms on the first floor were officially opened by Lord Coleridge.

A number of mementos of Coleridge are on display including his inkstand, locks of his hair and correspondence in his handwriting.

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