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John Clare Cottage & Garden, Peterborough

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The John Clare Trust came together in 2005 with the goal of obtaining Clare Cottage and transforming it into a site of historical, cultural and educational importance, open to the public. With the collaboration of Paul Chirico and Barry Sheerman MP and a selection of Trustees with years of experience in Education, Environmental issues, charitable endeavours and of course a love of Clare's work, the Cottage was purchased and a first stage application was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the site into a Cultural, Educational and Environmental hub for every age group.The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the John Clare Trust funding of £1.27m in May 2007.

Following the major restoration project, the cottage in which Clare was born and lived for many years, is now open to the public. The heart of the Cottage has been restored and transformed to its original 18th century state and is used as a celebration of Clare's work and life. The gardens have been redesigned and populated with the flora and fauna Clare was so fond of and documented within his works.
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  • If you are interested in the poet John Clare then this is a must. Beautiful garden. Food in the cafe made on the premises. Lots of information. Follow it up with a visit to St Botolphs church afterwar...  more »
  • Lovely building, great cafe, excellent guide and exhibition detailing John Clare's life, wonderful garden, great dovecote. I love visiting again and again  more »
  • For a small but tasty selection of cakes and scones or home made soup in an interesting setting then you need to try here. Very helpful staff and a rather good soup! I believe opening hours are infreq...  more »