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John Milton's Cottage

Chalfont St Giles
Telephone: 01494 872313
Fax: 01494 873936
Email: info@miltonscottage.org

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Collection consists of 500 books, various portraits and engravings asnd relics and furnishings of the period.

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Milton's Cottage, home of John Milton the great English poet and parliamentarian, described by Thomas Ellwood as "that pretty box in St. Giles, Chalfont". Wrote Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained here. There are 4 rooms on the ground floor with important editions of Milton's poetry, together with prose writings. Cottage garden, featuring many of the plants mentioned in Milton's poetry with water feature a fine bust of Milton. A lottery grant has created a new entrance, small shop area, and ample space for the large library of reference books. Two recent seventeenth century book acquisitions are Areopagitica, Milton's speech to Parliament on the freedom of speech and non censorship of the press, and Eikonoklastes, Milton's answer to the King's defence of the Divine Right of Kings. Other books include the Articles of Peace, portrait of John Milton, aged about 45, painted posthumously by Sir Godfrey Kneller around 1690 and on loan a scene from the Masque, Comus, entitled "Comus and the Benighted Lady".
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Personalia (John Milton's Cottage)
Collection consists of 500 books, various portraits and engravings and relics and furnishings of the period mainly re...

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