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Worldwide interest expected as Samuel Taylor Coleridge items to go under the hammer

PUBLISHED: 17:51 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:57 06 March 2018

A collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge manuscripts and belongings are going to auction in Exeter

A collection of Samuel Taylor Coleridge manuscripts and belongings are going to auction in Exeter


A collection of manuscripts and family memorabilia belonging to Ottery’s most famous son is set to attract global attention when it heads to auction.

Items belonging to poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge will be going under the hammer on March 14 in Exeter after being put up for sale by his great-great-great granddaughter.

Coleridge was born in 1772 in the School House, Ottery. His father, John, was the vicar of the parish and master of the King’s grammar school.

Auctioneers Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood say there are 56 lots on offer including a mixture of ceramics, works of art, furniture and manuscripts.

The items are already generating attention from across the world.

The lots include a two page signed letter from Coleridge to his niece Fanny Patteson which is undated but believed to have been delivered by a messenger in 1825 - nine years before his death.

He signed the letter writing ‘God bless you - your affectionate uncle’.

Also going under the hammer is a creamware wine cooler which is reputed to have a gift to Coleridge by a member of the Wedgwood family, and an early 19th century gold and hair plait brooch initialled STC, given to his granddaughter Christabel Rose Coleridge.

Bidders will have the chance to get their hands on an early 19th mahogany and inlaid secretaire chest.

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