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William Lisle Bowles

William Lisle Bowles, the poet, formerly held the vicarage of Bremhill, and died here in 1845. He wrote a history of the parish, which was published about 1828, and contains illustrations of several monuments of ancient times existing in the neighbourhood. The vicarage was then conferred by Bishop Denison on the late Archdeacon of Wilts, the Venerable Henry Drury, M.A., Chaplain to the House of Commons, who died in January, 1863. William Bowles was Vicar of the Parish from 1805-1844. He was a friend of Thomas Moore and a member of the Bowood Circle. He gave encouragement to other poets and Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey all had a high opinion of him. His sonnets were first published in 1888 and ran to nine editions. They influenced a whole school of poetry. Coleridge and Lamb were first attracted to poetry through them when aged about 17. He wrote sonnets and epitaphs, which can still be seen, for the graves in his churchyard whilst at Bremhill but a great deal of his own poetry was derided. He was in demand at Lord Lansdowne’s Bowood House parties; he could always say something ‘out of the ordinary’ and he introduced many writers to the Marquess of Lansdowne

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