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E.F. Benson (1867-1940) Edu. Marlborough College

John Betjeman (1906-1984) 1920 Edu. Marlborough College

William Cobbett (1763-1835) writes in Rural Rides: "I could not come through that villanous hole, Calne, without cursing Corruption at every step" but can trace no place in Calne connected with him.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) Coleridge lived at Calne (standing with your back to St Mary's Church and a row of yew trees) with a Mr Morgan, for at least a couple of productive years around 1815-17, writing Biographia Literaria and assembling Sibylline Leaves, the first proper collected edition of his poems.Mr Morgan's house?

George Eliot (1819-1880) 1874 two excursions in Wiltshire.

John Meade Falkner (1858-1932) born on May 8th,1858, in Manningford Bruce, to the west of Pewsey, Wiltshire ed Marlborough 1873-77.

Richard Jefferies (1848-87) born 6th November at Coate Farmhouse, Swindon.

Coate
Farmhouse   
Coate Farmhouse which now houses the museum. For dates of opening please ring 01865 735678 or 01793 466556. There is a plaque on wall near street door. He also lived at 93 Victoria Road (formerly 22 Victoria Street), plaque on facade, above shop. Liddington Hill and a memorial stone on Burderop Down. Bust in Salisbury Cathedral.
There is a
Society leaflet for walk around Swindon and a map

Robert Francis Kilvert (1840-79) born 3rd December 1840, in Hardenhuish, Wiltshire. He was educated privately at a small school run by his father at Hardenhuish rectory, and latterly at Claverton Lodge School, Bath, run by his uncle Francis Kilvert. He was ordained deacon in 1863 and priest in 1864, served for two years as his father's curate in Langley Burrell, Wiltshire and again 1872-76. Kilvert
Rectory, Langley Burrell
Langley Burrell Rectory

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967).
Went to Marlborough College. Sassoon married Hester Gatty in 1933, and their son, George, was born in 1936. The marriage ended a few years later. He did not serve during the Second World War, but lived quietly at Heytesbury House in Wiltshire, although he maintained contact with a circle which included E. M. Forster and J. R. Ackerley. Towards the end of his long life, he was converted to Roman Catholicism, and was admitted to the faith at Downside Abbey, close to his home. He also paid regular visits to the nuns at Stanbrook Abbey, and the abbey press printed commemorative editions of some of his poems. He is buried at Mells in Somerset, close to Ronald Knox, whom he admired.where he died in 1967, one week short of his eighty-first birthday.


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