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The Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society was set up in 1994 to encourage a revival of interest in this powerful but unjustly neglected English poet and other members of his remarkable family, such as his father, the physician and scientist Dr Thomas Beddoes, and his aunt, the novelist Maria Edgeworth. The Society also acts as a focus for Beddoes family history.

The Society is a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies. It issues an annual Newsletter and a number of booklets, mostly of literary criticism, on Beddoes-related topics and has produced a tape-recording of readings from Beddoes’s poetry. Its Annual General Meeting is held in a place with Beddoes connections, differing from year to year, and usually takes the form of a residential weekend with informal lectures and guided walks.

The Society welcomes new members, both individual and institutional. A leaflet (also available in German) giving further information can be obtained from:

John Lovell Beddoes

11 Laund Nook

Belper Derbyshire DE56 1GY


or consult the Society’s website at

Patrons Kevin Crossley-Holland FRSL Patrick Leigh Fermor DSO, OBE Professor James R. Thompson

Charity No. 1041402

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