View of Eskdale from Hardknott

Norman Nicholson

Norman Nicholson 1914 - 1987

This Cumbrian-born poet captured the language of the western coast. His work is about his community and faith and references the industries of the time such as mining and quarrying.

Nicholson was born in Millom and lived there for most of his life. A two year stay at a Hampshire sanatorium from the age of sixteen had a huge influence. His work was admired by such poets as T.S. Eliot, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes. He was awarded an OBE in 1981. He is buried in St George's churchyard in Millom.


"Above the collar of crags,
The granite pate breaks bare to the sky
Through a tonsure of bracken and bilberry"

- from 'Eskdale Granite'

"The sea to the west,
The land darkening -
Let my eyes at the last be blinded
Not by the dark
But by the dazzle."

- from 'Sea to the West'

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