Alfred Lord Tennyson
Comes to live in Montpelier Row
1809 - 1892
Alfred Lord Tennyson was already well known when he came to live in Twickenham in 1851. He had been made Poet Laureate in 1850.
Son born in Twickenham
He lived at Chapel House in Montpelier Row. His son Hallam was born in this house and was baptised at St Mary's Church in 1852. He named his son after his friend Arthur Henry Hallam who had died 19 years earlier. It was in memory of Hallam that Tennyson wrote one of his most famous poems: In Memoriam AHH (Arthur Henry Hallam. The poem took him 17 years to complete.
The house where the family stayed is still there. Today it has a blue plaque on the outside to let people know that this is where he lived.
Too many visitors
He didn't stay in Twickenham for very long. He moved to the Isle of Wight in 1853. He thought that Twickenham was too near to London and that the new railway brought too many visitors. He also thought Twickenham smelt of cabbages.
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Many of Tennyson's poems were based on myths and legends such as the story of King Arthur. But one of his very famous poems was based on a true event: The Charge of the Light Brigade. This was written in 1855 as part of his duty as Poet Laureate.