The John Clare Cottage Appeal


The cottage in Helpston, England, in which John Clare was born, lived, and worked was purchased in 2005 by the John Clare Trust, preserving it for future generations. The Cottage has been restored, using traditional building methods, to create a centre where people can learn about John Clare, his works, how rural people lived in the early 19th century and also gain an understanding of the environment.

The Cottage contains examples of Clare's work together with information about his life. Some of the rooms have been returned to the style that would have been found in cottages in the early 19th century in rural England. The gardens have been redesigned and planted with varieties which would have been seen in Clare's time.

Additional donations are needed to support the wide range of educational and social projects that the John Clare Cottage currently offers. Please support the John Clare Trust to help maintain and expand these projects.

The John Clare Society of North America is assisting in this effort by seeking contributions from donors who reside in the United States. All funds raised for the John Clare Cottage Appeal will be used to conserve and develop the John Clare Cottage as an educational resource.

Founded in 1997, the John Clare Society of North America is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.  Donations by U.S. residents are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.  U.K. residents and international donors should make their donations directly to the John Clare Trust.

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