Lord Byron's Birthday
Tuesday, 22nd January 1788
George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron was born this day in 1788. In 1798 he inherited Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, which had been left in a state of disrepair by his great-uncle William, the 5th Baron Byron (known as the "Wicked" Lord Byron). Byron sold the house when he left for Europe in 1816. He wrote his greatest poetic works whilst abroad.
The Abbey was founded as an Augustinian priory in the late 12th century. The iconic West Front of the late 13th century church survives. Inside the house the medieval cloisters, Chapter House (now the Chapel) and a collection of medieval stone carvings and manuscripts evoke the Abbey's early history. In 1539 custody of the house was handed over to ... (read more...)