Aldworth and the Later Idylls
The Tennysons had barely settled at Farringford when guide books began to draw attention to their home. The results were predictable. As more visitors came to the Isle of Wight, Farringford, once so secluded, became the goal of celebrity-seekers. Tennyson’s hatred for ‘cockneys’, his name for unwelcome visitors, was understandable, if excessive. There are stories of tourists cutting pieces of stone from his gate, or climbing the trees in his garden in order to listen to his conversation. Some even came boldly to the front door. Tennyson’s appearance contributed to the problem. With his big hat and cape, he was immediately recognisable.
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