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Did you know that Percy Shelley honeymooned in Keswick? Not with Mary, his second wife; but with Harriet, his first. She was just 16, he 19 and recently sent down from Oxford for authoring an atheist pamphlet. They rented Chestnut Hill Cottage in that lovely old town. It all ended in tears of course: three years later Percy abandoned the pregnant Harriet for Mary Godwin, another 16-year-old (which does make one wonder); and two years further on poor Harriet drowned herself in the Serpentine.

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