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1802 Construction of the Lodge.
1805 - 1823 Farringford Hill.
1823 - 1844 John Hamborough
1856 - 1892 Alfred Lord Tennyson.
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1928 - 1945 Lionel Tennyson
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Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)
Events in Tennyson's life
Chronology of Tennyson's Life
1809 Alfred Tennyson [AT] born 6 August at Somersby, Lincolnshire.
1828-31 Trinity College, Cambridge; member of the Apostles debating society; meets Arthur Hallam; wins the Chancellor's medal for English verse for 'Timbuctoo'
Poems by Two Brothers
with Frederick and Charles Tennyson.
Poems, Chiefly Lyrical
. first publication by Edward Moxon.
establish AT's reputation as poet of the age.
, addresses women's education.
1850 Success of
published in May enables AT to marry Emily Sellwood, 13 June; appointed Poet Laureate in November.
1852 Writes 'Ode on the death of Wellington'; Hallam (LT) is born in Sussex, 11 May.
1853 Rents Farringford at Freshwater.
1854 Writes 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'; Lionel (LT) is born at Farringford on 16 March; Sir John Simeon, John Everett Millais, Coventry Patmore visit.
1855 Lear sings; Farringford redecorated 5-19 February and refurnished April-July; Oxford DCL 18 June;
is published in July. Simeon and Cotton families hear Edward Lear perform Mariana, 'The Lotos Eaters', 'Tears Idle Tears'.
1856 Woolner begins bust of AT (completed 1857); Tennysons buy Farringford in April
Prince Albert, Richard Doyle, Tom and Laura Taylor, Edward Moxon visit.
1857 Begins to translate Aeschylus 'Prometheus Bound' and write first
. Moxon Tennyson.
1858 Extra stanzas of 'God Save the Queen' for Princess Royal's wedding, 25 January. AT Sits for first portrait by Watts; F D Maurice and Sir Alexander Grant visit.
1859 Second Watts portrait.
Idylls of the King
Charles Dodgson, Lear, Julia Margaret Cameron, US statesman Charles Sumner, Charles Kingsley, Professor Benjamin Jowett visit.
1860 Helps Palgrave select poems for
The Golden Treasury
; Prince Consort requests autograph for
; the Camerons move to Freshwater; Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Lord Dufferin, Henry Taylor, Lear, Lady Charlotte Schreiber visit.
1861 'Ode on the Exhibition';Prince Albert dies.
1862. 'Dedication' published with
. 'Ode on the Exhibition' soothes the queen;. 'Passing of Arthur' for Princess; interview at Osborne 14 April. Dodgson; Watts paints Emily 21-29 November, begins two more portraits of AT.
1863. 'Welcome' to Alexandra on marriage to Prince of Wales; Rejlander photographs, May; Duke of Argyll visits; star-gazing with William Allingham; translates Homer.
is published; Mayall photographs AT, HT and LT, 14 April and AT in September; Palgrave dedicates
to AT; Watts, Ellen Terry, Thoby and Sara Prinsep, Jowett, Garibaldi, Henry Taylor, Mrs. Cameron, Allingham, Professor Blackie. Martin Farquhar Tupper visit.
1865 Watts paints HTand LT. AT tours Waterloo, Weimar, Dresden; is elected FRS; Grants, Anne Thackeray, Professor Owen, Queen Emma of the Sandwich Islands visit.
1868 Lays Aldworth foundation stone 23 April; Longfellow, Fraser Tytlers, Prince Alamayu and Captain Speedy visit in July; unpublished Epigram 'By a Darwinian'.
;Fellow of Trinity; Co-founder, Metaphysical Society; W E H Lecky visits.
1870 Sir John Simeon dies 23 May.
1871 Lord and Lady Elcho visit; Jenny Lind sings.
1872 Tours France and Switzerland;
Gareth and Lynette
1873 Rejects baronetcy offered by Gladstone.
1874 Visits Paris; completes
; refuses baronetcy offered by Disraeli.
1875 Writes play
atrilogy 'Harold' 'Becket' 'Queen Mary'; tours Pyrenees; W G Ward hears reading at Farringford.
at Lyceum, with Irving.
1878 Lionel marries Eleanor Locker.
1879 Boston publisher James T Fields visits in spring; AT finishes
Ballads and Poems
1881 Irving and Ellen Terry star in
at the Lyceum; Millais portrait; 'Despair' published
The Promise of May
at the Globe theatre.
1883 Phillips Brooks visits; AT tours Scotland, Denmark, Sweden in September; Gladstone offers barony.
; takes Westminster seat 11 March; votes for extension of the franchise; HT marries Audrey Boyle, 25 June; AT's complete works, new edition.
1885 Poem on marriage of Princess Beatrice,
23 July; 'Vastness';
Tiresias and other Poems
1886 LT dies at sea 20 April;
Locksley Hall, Sixty Years After
The Promise of May
1887 Summer cruise St David's, Clovelly, Tintagil, Channel Isles.
1889 Cruise on Lord Brassey's yacht; Merlin and the Gleam',
Demeter and other Poems
;'Crossing the Bar'; Professor Charles Hubert Parry visits.
1890 Watercolour sketches encouraged by Watts, who paints two portraits of the poet in May; AT carves brick decoration, moulds of ivy leaf wreathes for Farringford cottage; records 'The Bugle Song' from
The Charge of the Light Brigade
The Charge of the Heavy Brigade, Ask me no more, Northern Farmer, New Style
on 15 May.
Lines on the Death of the Duke of Clarence
; AT dies at Aldworth, 6 October, buried at Westminster Abbey;
Death of Oenone, Akbar's Dream, and Other Poems
1893 Irving and Terry perform
1896 Emily, Lady Tennyson dies, 10 August.
published by his son Hallam.
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