The first home of John Keats up for rent

    With its quiet tree-lined streets and rich history, Hampstead has always been a romantic corner of north London. But 46 Well Walk has a better claim than most homes to this description; an actual Romantic lived there.

    In April 1817, stinging from the harsh reviews of his first collection, Poems, 21-year-old John Keats, with his brothers George and Tom, moved in to the ground floor of this elegant red-brick house.

    The three of them had been living on Cheapside, near St Paul’s, but the noise and dirt there were doing nothing for John’s poetry or Tom’s tuberculosis. With its rolling greenery and health-giving waters, Hampstead was a more contemplative spot than the City, and had a thriving artistic community. Neighbours included fellow poet Leigh Hunt, the critic Charles Wentworth Dilke and Charles Brown, who would become John’s best friend. Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived up the road in Highgate. John Constable moved into number 40 a couple of years later.

    Source: The Telegraph

     

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