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Campaigners buy William Blake's cottage – and his vegetable patch

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House in Felpham, Sussex, where poet wrote words that became hymn Jerusalem, purchased for £520,000 for public use by the Blake Society

The humble thatched cottage in Sussex where William Blake pondered England’s dark satanic mills has been saved for the nation after a lengthy campaign.

Blake’s house in Felpham, where he lived between 1800 and 1803 and penned the words to the hymn Jerusalem, has been bought for public use by the Blake Society. The acquisition followed a two-year campaign, backed by comedians Russell Brand and Stephen Fry and writers Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, who is a patron of the society.It raised the £520,000 to buy the cottage from its current owner, 90-year-old Heather Howell.

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