Somersby the birthplace of Tennyson

This website has been set-up to raise awareness of Alfred, Lord Tennysons early life and to help raise funds for St. Margaret’s church in Somersby, Lincolnshire. We have recently received Heritage Lottery Funding and other sponsoring to restore this charming and historic church and to secure its existence for future generations. The work has now been carried out.

This initiative has been the brainchild of Mrs Jane Maitland, church warden and who together with her family, lives in the Rectory almost opposite the church, now called Somersby House. This is the house where Alfred Tennyson was born and spent the first twenty-eight years of his life. Alfred had a special link with St. Margaret’s, he was baptized here and his father George Clayton Tennyson was rector of both the church in Somersby and it’s namesake in nearby Bag Enderby, from 1808 until his death in 1831. George is buried in the churchyard.

St Margarets

The church of St Margaret in Somersby is a small and inviting Grade II listed building closely associated with Alfred Tennyson and his family.

Tennyson

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Queen Victoria’s Poet Laureate was born on August the 6th 1809, at what is now Somersby House but was then the Rectory.

Somersby

Nestled in the Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lies Somersby, a small hamlet of around 15 dwellings.

Latest News and Events

The Tennyson Festival

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of August. The Tennyson Festival in Somersby and Bag Enderby. A one-off celebration of Tennysons life plus all things village fete, and rural festival. For more information keep an eye on this website and on our Facebook... read more

Wolds Walking Festival

Wolds Walking Festival. Various ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Tennyson Walk & Talks’ plus a new walk for children. More information and dates to be announced soon. Please go to... read more
“Informative and inspiring” Colin & Marian Martin

August 2011, Glasgow

“Beautiful place. A calm sanctuary to remember a great man” David & Julia Gamham

August 2011, Swansea

“What a delightful, peaceful haven. Thank you” Pat & Cathy Naylor

August 2008, Chesterfield

“A lifetime experience, just wonderful” Ranji Singh

July 2009, India

In May 2013 I visited Somersby and saw myself that St Margarets is in urgent need of repair. I live in Christchurch New Zealand where our own iconic cathedral has been badly damaged by a series of earthquakes and may yet be lost. I am therefore acutely aware of how history if taken for granted can disappear. Somersby is a proud community but it now has many people fewer than when my great great grandfather Alfred Lord Tennyson lived there in his formative years. So I feel it is up to those who feel some connection with the importance of preserving the inspirational surroundings of English literary heritage to help them. Please donate if you can via this website to return St Margarets Church to a state in which it can be appreciated by future generations. David Lord Tennyson

Tennyson and his poetry were feted in his lifetime. Before his life ended the village of his birth had become a place of pilgrimage. As the decades have passed the privilege of care and conservation of the church he knew for almost thirty years has been handed from generation to generation. Little has changed in this peaceful spot save that fewer people now share the burden. Ours must not be the age to renege on this responsibility. St Margaret’s, Somersby, lies at the heart of Tennyson country and deserves the support of all who love churches, poetry and the unspoilt beauty of rural England.
Jean Howard

Raised above the rest of the village St Margarets church at Somersby nestles itself in a fold of the Lymn Valley in the Lincolnshire Wolds. George Clayton Tennyson, Alfred’s father, was the rector for the church from 1807-1831, and he is buried in the churchyard. The church is built of soft green sandstone and in the past it has been repaired with red brick round the tower. When you approach the porch there is a unique 14th Century church cross which was spared from being damaged by Cromwell’s Parliamentarian troops af ter the Battle of nearby Winceby. When you enter the church you look up the aisle to see a bust of Tennyson, and there are some artefacts of his in a display case.Spend some time and sit on the bench in the churchyard and reflect on the beauty, peace and tranquillity of this secret corner of the Lincolnshire Wolds. I have visited this church many times and sheltered in it during inclement weather and I always put a pound in the offertory box showing my thanks. Pete Skipworth