Welcome to 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.

Variations in Visiting Arrangements

John Clare Cottage is used for many events and educational visits, you are advised to check when planning your visit to the Cottage to ensure that it is open to the public and there are no large groups which would detract from your visit. Details of advanced bookings can be found here >>>> 

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LATEST COTTAGE NEWS
Acoustic Cafe

The next Acoustic Cafe will be on Thursday November 22nd. - full details

Art in the Cottage

Dovecote: Popular local artist Heather Mizen returns to John Clare Cottage with an exhibition of original handmade cards, prints, mixed media work and hand painted silk cushions.

Heather has always been inspired by her garden and the changing seasons, she has created individual designs combining the leaves, flowers and seedheads.

 


Clare Cafe: Exhibition of Landscapes and Wildlife by Northampton artist Jamie Poole.
The landscapes, seascapes and diverse wildlife of the British Isles are a constant source of inspiration for Jamie's artwork. He enjoys chance encounters with animals and birds such as otters, red kites, deer, hares and foxes. 
The beautiful and illuminating words of poets such John Clare have fused his experiences with rich imagery that has driven his work over recent years.

 

Please Support the Trust

The John Clare Trust is an independent charity . Please support us to help maintain the facilities and develop educational programs.

 

 
From November

The hedger soakd wi the dull weather chops
On at his toils which scarcly keeps him warm
& every stroke he takes large swarms of drops
Patter about him like an april storm
The sticking dame wi cloak upon her arm
To guard against a storm walks the wet leas
Of willow groves or hedges round the farm
Picking up aught her splashy wanderings sees
Dead sticks the sudden winds have shook from off the trees