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The Guardian: ‘England hath need of thee’: appeal to save Milton’s Paradise Lost cottage

Announcing our 2023 autumn programme

Autumn has always been the poets’ season and, as the nights draw in, we bring you autumnal sights, scents and sounds to close our 2023 visitor season.

Drink in literary history on 15th October for Apple Day, as we make juice with apples grown in our garden and celebrate the apple’s starring role in Paradise Lost.  Join us after-hours on 26th October for Drawing in the Dark, an experimental art workshop led by Joanna McCormick that relies on your senses of touch and intuition.  Visit Fallen Landscapes, our autumn exhibition by Godfried Donkor and John Workman exploring Milton’s poetic landscapes.

Autumn seems to have been a productive time for Milton.  His nephew, Edward Phillips, wrote “That his vein never happily flowed but from the autumn equinoctial to the vernal.  We hope you’ll find similar seasonal inspiration at his only surviving residence.


For more further information please contact Kelly O’Reilly, Director of Milton’s Cottage, on 01494 872313 or read our latest newsletter: Milton Messenger_October 2023


Notes to editors

  1. Milton’s Cottage, in Chalfont St Giles, is the only surviving home of the visionary poet and parliamentarian John Milton. It’s the place where he sought refuge from the Great Plague of 1665 to complete his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost.
  2. Milton’s Cottage is overseen by Milton’s Cottage Trust (CIO), an independent charity established to preserve Milton’s Cottage, its garden and collection for future generations.
  3. Milton’s Cottage is open from 1st April – 29th October 2023. Opening times are Wednesday to Sunday, from 2 to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) as well as bank holidays Mondays.  Admission prices are £7 / £6 for concessions / free for children under 16.
  4. Guide Dogs is here to help the two million people in the UK living with sight loss live the life they choose.  Children and adults.  Friends and family.  Their expert staff, volunteers and life-changing dogs are here to help people affected by sight loss live actively, independently and well.  Founded in 1934, following our first partnership in 1931, they are a charity that is almost entirely dependent on donations.  Find out more at www.guidedogs.org.uk