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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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  • I stepped through the doors at 250pm to several faces of dread. Just to told they had shut up when I said could I at least look around for 10 mins or so they refused when I explained that I had travel...  more »
  • I've passed this place dozens of times but never visited. I decided to call in and was suitably impressed, the volunteers are very helpful and enthusiastic. There's an excellent audio tour that allows...  more »
  • The cottage is a step in the past with excellent information but the car parking is not good. Not good for disabled or young children and prices a bit over the top. Helpston is a lovely village with a...  more »