Hampstead museum where poet formerly lived declines projects following oppositions from locals
” Give me books, French wine-coloured, return, penalty brave and a little music played out of doorways by somebody I do not know ,” the Romantic poet John Keats wrote in a letter to his sister, Fanny, 200 years ago in August 1819.
His 21 st century neighbours would rather introduced the kettle on and hear there is nothing of their neighbours it seems. Dozens of Hampstead tenants, including the TV presenter Bill Oddie, 78, were celebrating win as the Keats House museum scrapped its “inappropriate” plans to sell alcohol and screen films.
The Grade-I registered Georgian house in north-west London, Keats’ home for two years until shortly before his death in 1821 at persons under the age of 25, stimulated some of his most memorable songs and is now a popular museum. It captivated roughly 14,000 visitors over the last year.
Keats House superiors were pilloried by local residents for setting out plans to sell alcohol until 10 pm every day except Sunday and maintained screenings and readings.
Hampstead provoked various other dreamy poets in Keats’ period, among them Byron, Wordsworth and Joanna Baillie.
It’s controversial whether Keats, responsible for a song containing the line” Give me gals, wine, and snuff-brown”, would approve of his neighbours’ objections.
Campaigners referred to the poet’s more critical takes on alcoholism, such as:” Shall I gulp wine-colored? No, that is vulgarism, a heresy and separation, foisted into the canon-law of desire .”
In a letter to Camden council’s licensing panel, Oddie said:” It seems that sooner or later every attractive venue applies for a liquid and music licence , no matter how unwarranted it is.
” As the affected residents of this area for over 30 years, I ask you to reconsider this proposal and support the notion of Keats House as a stylish historic memorial to the poet himself. Mind you, if he were in charge he and his mates would have probably have turned it into an opium shelter .”
The City of London Corporation, which owns Keats House, modified its proposals, restriction events to 50 a year and covering indoor capacity to 100 people. Intention to sell beer were also scrapped. Alcohol will be sold at a maximum of six outdoor happens a year, with a peak capacity of 200.
Instead of boozing at the museum, love can do a ramble across Hampstead Heath and troop to the 16 th century Spaniards Inn instead, supposed to be the tavern where Keats wrote his acclaimed Ode to a Nightingale.