‘William Blake cottage at risk of being lost, says Historic England. Home where he wrote Jerusalem, in Felpham, West Sussex, one of 130 places on 2021 at-risk register’ – Today’s Guardian
I think I must have had a fairy godmother hidden away in my history somewhere, for what has happened and is happening today seems more than a coincidence. After years out in the wilderness, battling away to save our Blake’s Cottage, the building is now marvellously in the news, both local and national with an article in the national Guardian this morning and an item on BBC Radio 4. Historic England have at last put this precious building on their ‘buildings at risk’ register. My war horse was waiting beside my breakfast table this morning. At last, at last. And not a minute before time, as you can see from this picture of the rotting roof.
And as if this weren’t good fortune enough, I have just this week taken delivery of a batch of booklets all about the cottage which I had written specially for sale at the Bognor Regis literary event which will take place in ‘The Track’ in Bognor Regis station (no, really, I’m not kidding!), next Saturday as ever is from 10.30am onwards.
Now the campaign proper to save our cottage before it’s too late, can begin. By now, I have a very good idea about the things that should be done and the order in which we should do them in order to have the maximum impact. There IS a way to save our cottage. I’m painting the sign-post now.