28 June 2010

Thomas Moore and Kegworth, Leicestershire

The Irish poet Tom Moore (1779-1852) lived at The Cedars, London Road, Kegworth, for almost a year, where he wrote several of his 'Irish Melodies', and made preparations for his novel Lalla Rookh (1817).

There is a 'Tom Moore's Walk', where it's said he used to walk along the Long Whatton road to sit and write under 'Tom Moore's [cedar] tree', which I was unfortunately unable to locate because it's no longer there, or rather, all that is left of it is this:

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