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Norman Nicholson

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This room has been thoughtfully furnished by the Nicholson Society members and dedicated to the life of the poet Norman Cornthwaite Nicholson, who was born on 8 January 1914 in a Victorian terraced house in Millom, where he was to live for most of his life.

His writing career stretched from 1940 up until the time of his death. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1977, and the OBE in 1981.

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His poetry is noted for its local flavour, its straightforwardness of language and the use of elements of common speech.

Norman Nicholson died on 30 May 1987, leaving behind a rich legacy as the greatest modern day Lake's poet. In St George's Church in Millom, you will find a specially commissioned stained glass window designed and made by Christine Boyce. It is inspired by Norman's poetry and has sections of some of his poems worked into the design.

A selection of his works are available to purchase from the gift shop and online.

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