2 pm – 4 pm Saturday 8 July 2017
Blake’s Cottage, 1 Blake’s Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 7EB
After four centuries as a private dwelling, Blake’s Cottage was purchased and placed into charitable ownership in 2015. So this summer’s day – the day of the Felpham Village Summer Fête which takes place in the Old Vicarage Gardens beside the Cottage – is a good time to step inside the 17th Century Cottage where William and Catherine lived for three peaceful yet turbulent years between 1800 and 1803.
‘Beneath our thatched roof of rusted gold’ they created some extraordinary works including the visionary encounter with Milton and the words we now sing as ‘Jerusalem’. It was here also that the violent events unfolded that led to the trial for sedition.
The Trustees of the Blake Cottage Trust will be present to show you some initial architectural sketches for the restoration of the Cottage and talk about the plans for its economic independence and visionary intent.