Marriage and Farringford, 1850–67
After visiting Clevedon to view Hallam’s memorial (an act which ‘seemed a kind of consecration’ to Emily) and spending a few days in Devonshire, the married couple called on Mrs Tennyson at Cheltenham. They then made their way to the Lake District, staying first with James Spedding, then until October at Tent Lodge, Coniston, the home of Mrs Marshall, sister of Alfred’s Cambridge friend Stephen Spring-Rice. Carlyle, de Vere, Patmore, Lear, and other acquaintances came to meet or stay with them. Monckton Milnes offered a wing at Fryston, Lady Ashburton a house at Croydon, and the Marshalls, Tent Lodge, as a permanent home, but the Tennysons preferred to live with the Lushingtons at Park House while Alfred looked for a residence in London. Their first home, however, was at Warninglid near Horsham; they had hardly settled in when draughts from a howling storm drove them from one room, and a smoking chimney from another to their bedroom, where part of the wall was blown in and rain poured on them in bed. Two weeks later Tennyson drew his pregnant wife in a wheelchair over two miles of rough track to the main road for their journey to Shiplake, where house-hunting was resumed. They were visited by Charles Kingsley, author of Alton Locke (which they read), and as fervent in his uxoriousness as in support of F. D. Maurice and Christian Socialism.
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