Aldwincle and John Dryden, poet

2013-06-11 16.15.44To the unsuspecting visitor in these islands, tiny villages can throw up some interesting surprises. When you pass through the pretty, but unimposing, village of Aldwincle in Northamptonshire, you may fail to notice the community’s link with one of the foremost poets of the Restoration period, John Dryden.2013-06-11 16.19.17

He was born in this former Old Rectory2013-06-11 16.19.52

Where his maternal grandfather was rector of All Saints’ Church (now redundant).2013-06-11 16.18.16

He had been the eldest of 14 children, spent his childhood in the nearby village of Titchmarsh (where his parents are buried), and was educated at Westminster School and Cambridge.John_Dryden_portrait

Perhaps his most famous work is Absalom and Achitophel, a political satire that encompassed contemporary scandals of his time: the Popish Plot, the Exclusion Crisis and the Monmouth rebellion, all revolving around the protection of Charles II’s throne and his succession.

Aldwincle may be small, but just a few miles down the road is an even smaller village (of some 20 houses) that must take the accolade for important historic links. But more of that in a future post………

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Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

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