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John Clare

  • Birth 13 Jul 1793
  • Death 20 May 1864
  • Burial Helpston, Peterborough Unitary Authority, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Plot to the left of the church entrance
  • Memorial ID 15437073

Poet. He was born in Helpston, England. He was best known as the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet. His works include "Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery," "The Village Minstrel and Other Poems," "The Shepherd's Calendar with Village Stories and Other Poems" and his best known book "The Rural Muse." Today, children at the John Clare School, Helpston's primary, parade through the village and place their 'midsummer cushions' around Clare's gravestone, on his birthday, in honour of their most famous resident. In 1989, he was honoured with a plaque in 'Poets' Corner', Westminster Abbey. There is also a memorial to him in the village of Helpston.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 20 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15437073
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Clare (13 Jul 1793–20 May 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15437073, citing St Botolph Helpston Churchyard, Helpston, Peterborough Unitary Authority, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .