Thursday, October 03, 2019

Hawker's Hut

The Rev. Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875) was  a poet, ballad writer and vicar of Morwenstow in Cornwall from 1834 until his death in 1875. In addition to establishing the Harvest Festival that we celebrate today, he was one of the best minor poets of the Victorian age, particularly as a ballad writer. And he was also an early shedworker, writing many of his poems in the hut above known as Hawker's Hut.

He built it in 1844 on the clifftop, indeed on the cliff face, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean using driftwood (timber from local shipwrecks) and is is now the smallest property owned by the National Trust. It has a slate floor, wooden benches, and a turf roof, and visitors included Tennyson and Charles Kingsley. In his day, there was a path down to the beach but sadly this has now gone.

More photos and lots more detail about the hut here.
 Image courtesy Humphrey Bolton ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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