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Cottage of poet William Blake heads Historic England's annual list of endangered sites

A 17th-century thatched cottage where William Blake wrote the words to Jerusalem, the hymn that has become a symbol of hope and patriotic pride, is at risk of being lost because of decay, Historic England has said.

Blake and his wife, Catherine, lived in the brick and flint cottage in Felpham, West Sussex, from 1800 to 1803. His poem, referring to England’s “green and pleasant land” as well as its “dark satanic mills”, was later set to music by Charles Hubert Parry.

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