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Alfred Tennyson, Aldworth House, Black Down | by PD Smith
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Alfred Tennyson, Aldworth House, Black Down

In 1867 Alfred Lord Tennyson bought 60 acres of land on Black Down, south of Haslemere. It is the highest point on the North Downs and looks out over the Weald towards the distant sea. The house was designed by James Knowles and later described rather unkindly by Pevsner as "a fussy small hotel". The house had the novelty of piped hot water so for some time Alfred indulged in four or five baths a day. His study faced south over the Weald, a beautiful view described in his poem:


"You came, and looked and loved the view

Long-known and loved by me,

Green Sussex fading into blue

With one gray glimpse of sea."

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Taken on February 20, 2008