Paradise could soon be lost: £3.5m drive to save the 16th century cottage where Milton hid from the plague to write his literary masterpiece

Mail Online | 8/17/2017 | Thomas Burrows for MailOnline
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It was at this 16th century cottage in Buckinghamshire that John Milton completed his epic masterpiece Paradise Lost.

The house in Chalfont St Giles now holds the world's biggest collection of first and early editions of his work, as well as a lock of the writer's hair.

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But with 'money tight' since the financial crisis the trust running the cottage have warned it could dry up by the end of next year.

It has now launched a funding campaign - with the aim of raising £3.5million - to preserve the unique literary landmark for future generations.

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Fleeing the outbreak of the Bubonic plague in London, Milton came to the house with his wife and daughters in 1665.

He lived there for only two years but during that time completed his most famous work and was inspired to write its sequel Paradise Regained.

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In 1887 Queen Victoria lent her support to the Chalfont St Giles elders as they tried to prevent the cottage being transported to the US, where he was a major influence on the Founding Fathers and it has been open to the public as a museum ever since.

But with no permanent endowment the museum relies on the generosity of Milton devotees, literature-lovers and libertarians to ensure its survival.


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