The Helpston Area

  • Browne's Hospital

    The Hospital was founded by William Browne, a rich wool merchant of Stamford, and built in 1475 in the reign of Edward IV. With his brother, John, William Browne was largely responsible for enlarging and embellishing the Church of All Saints nearby.

  • Burghley House

    Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age. Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587.

  • Flag Fen

    The story of Flag Fen begins right back in 1982.  The team of archaeologists, led by Dr Francis Pryor, sent the timber for radiocarbon dating and it was returned having been dated to 1000 BC.

  • Norman Cross Gallery

    Norman Cross Gallery is an independent fine art gallery situated just south-west of Peterborough.The Gallery has a regularly changing exhibition space which features both local artists and those from further away.

  • Nene Park Trust

    Nene Park stretches for 10 km along the beautiful valley of the River Nene immediately west of Peterborough, and is managed by Nene Park Trust. The Park includes Ferry Meadows, Thorpe Meadows, Orton Mere, Woodston Reach and an agricultural estate bordered by the villages of Ailsworth, Castor and Sutton.

  • Nene Valley Railway

    The NVR is more than just a train ride. It offers many different types of visitor experiences to make your day even more exciting and enjoyable.On many weekends of the summer you will find a vintage bus (or two) working from Wansford station, or the Travelling Post Office carriage set demonstrating how mail used to be moved and sorted at night.

  • Octavia Hill's Birthplace

    Her life and work is documented in Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, a handsome Georgian house facing the river Nene. The house and its displays demonstrate this remarkable woman’s influence on our life today: 

  • Peterborough

    The modern-day city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, hides a wealth of history just waiting to be uncovered. Visit Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre where archaeologists found the oldest wheel in Britain. Then fast forward a few centuries to discover the "new" 12th century cathedral with the largest surviving example of a painted wooden ceiling from the Middle Ages.

  • Peterborough Cathedral

    Peterborough Cathedral is one of the UK’s top landmarks as voted in a 2007 Fujifilm users poll and is one of the finest Norman buildings surviving in Europe today. 

  • Prebendal Manor and Tithe Barn Nassington

    The Grade I listed Prebendal Manor House is the earliest surviving dwelling in Northamptonshire.It forms the focus of a group of stone buildings, which includes a 16th century dovecote, a large 18th century tithe barn and a 15th century lodgings building.

  • Railworld

    Located in the heart of Peterborough, a fun and informative visitor attraction for the whole family."

  • Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre

    Come rain or shine, stick on your wellies and experience an action packed, fun-filled day at Sacrewell Farm.

Literary and John Clare Connections

  • Lithouses

    Formed in 2003, Lithouses is a group dedicated to excellence in the presentation of the great homes and museums of British literature.

  • John Clare Society

    The Society was founded in 1981 to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of this remarkable poet. It currently has about 600 members worldwide. They publish a Newsletter every 4 months, and a peer reviewed Journal once a year (received at the end of the subscription year).

  • John Clare Blog

    An excellent John Clare Blog Site maintained by Roger Rowe, provides examples of Clares poetry. Roger has created this site to help promote the works of Clare and it is updated on a regular basis.

  • The Centre for John Clare Studies

    The Centre for John Clare Studies was established in February 2014 in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. Drawing on the participation and expertise of the international scholarly community, the Centre provides a forum for scholarly activity focused on John Clare and related literary, historical, ecological and political subjects.

  • Rupert Brooke Museum and Society

    The Rupert Brooke Society is a non profit-making organisation which exists to celebrate and promote interest in the life and work of Rupert Brooke.

  • Siegfried Sassoon

    A very comprehensive website which is a wonderful source of information about the First World War poet Siegried Sassoon. This is maintained by David Gray who is a historian based in Peterborough.

  • Edmund Blunden

    Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) was the longest serving First World War poet, and saw continuous action in the front line, between 1916-18. His life-long friend Siegfried Sassoon maintained that Blunden was the poet of the war most lastingly obsessed by it. 

    His pioneering literary work on John Clare, Wilfred Owen, Leigh Hunt and Ivor Gurney made these poets available to the twentieth century reader for the first time. 

Our Friends and Supporters

The John Clare Trust works with these organisations who also support the John Clare Trust and Clare Cottage.
  • The Wildlife Trusts

    Bringing people together to take action for wildlife is the Trust’s mission.

    We manage 128 nature reserves - all of them free to visit – and 95% of the population live within five miles of one of our reserves.

  • Bourne Grammar School

    Bourne Grammar is a mixed selective school founded in 1636 which occupies a pleasant site with playing fields to the south of Bourne.

    Retaining its name, uniform, selectivity and traditions the School converted to Academy status on 1 January 2012.

  • Yorkshire Building Society

    Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is the main source of the Society group's charitable giving, which is funded by members who participate in the Small Change, Big Difference scheme

    The donation to Clare Cottage was made possible by the Society group's Community Investment Fund which supports causes that fall outside the Charitable Foundation's criteria.

  • British Sugar

    British Sugar is the leading supplier to the British and Irish food and beverage markets.

    Their head offices are based in Peterborough.

  • BGL Group

    A privately owned company, the BGL Group is a major UK insurance group with 4.6 million customers and 2,400 employees. The Group is very active in ‘Corporate Giving’, and has a theme of ‘Reducing Poverty; Creating Prosperity’. It aims to donate £3m to good causes by June 2017 at international, national and local levels. The ‘Give’ Committee (part of BGL’s corporate giving programme) is proud to support Clare Cottage.


  • Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling

    CCC is primarily a non-profit charitable organisation, offering subsidised counselling to those over 16, who need it but are unable to afford market rates for this service.  The charity was established over 30 years ago and serves 3 main regions, Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon and the surrounding areas.

    Traditionally, we have worked with individuals who are referred to us from GP, or who approach us directly for support, providing face to face general counselling on a one to one basis to help people to face their challenges and improve their personal circumstances. Counselling is beneficial for all kinds of people, to help people to identify and take action to manage their own issues, increasing their resilience and allowing them to manage their private lives in the long term.

    This is funded by providing counselling services to a variety of local organisations for the benefit of their staff, keeping valuable team members in the workplace and helping businesses to fulfil their corporate social responsibility.