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Did you know that in St John’s Church (Cockayne Hatley) is buried both the poet W.E. Henley , who red bearded and walking with a crutch inspired Robert Louis Stevenson ’s Long John Silver; and his daughter Margaret, the inspiration for Wendy in JM Barrie ’s Peter Pan. Henley is best remembered for his poem Invictus, the last two lines of which read: “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul”. Wendy (never a name before Barrie used it) came from Margaret’s mis-pronunciation of ‘friend’ as ‘fwend’.

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