English poet and Poet Laureate (1809-1892)
Poet Laureate during much of Queen Victoria’s reign Alfred, Lord Tennyson came to Haslemere in 1868.
His poetry captured the sentiments of the age and inspired a huge following.
By moving to a remote spot on Blackdown he hoped to escape the attentions of his fans. To warn them off on his long walks, he carried a dog whistle.
Whilst living here, Tennyson finished the last poems in his Idylls of the King series, based on the legends of King Arthur.
Image courtesy of Haslemere Educational Museum