Poetry Stones

This is a pictorial narrative [with captions] of the creative and physical work by the then Coleridge Memorial Project to complete The Poetry Stones plan. These present Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s entire poem ‘Kubla Khan’ engraved in granite kerb stones from China and installed at the Land of Canaan in the town of his birth, Ottery St Mary.

It also features the Completion Celebration held on June 4th, 2012, which was the climax of over two years work by the CMP. Mr Tom Mayberry, Chairman of the Friends of Coleridge, was our Guest of Honour and officially opened the ceremony.

Fuller written details about the poetry stones and events leading to this special day can be found throughout the site. As we currently seek to raise funds for the Coleridge Memorial Statue we are particularly proud of this prior achievement, both in the impressive manner it honours Coleridge in the town of his birth and in the way it demonstrates our ability to achieve our goals.

Granite in China waiting to be shipped to the UK to be engraved by stone masons Williams and Triggs of Newton Abbot, Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stones now engraved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further engravings of ‘Kubla Khan’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work begins to prepare ‘trench’ for laying the poetry stones at the Land of Canaan, Ottery St Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First laying of poetry stones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left: Chris Wakefield and John Pilsworth observe the physical fruition of this wonderful project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granite poetry stones now in place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the stones from the beginning of the poem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beginning of ‘Kubla Khan’ in its celebratory curve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch maquee ready for the speakers. Selection of CMT mobile banners in the background – these had recently been completed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Mayberry, Chairman of the Friends of Coleridge, opened the Poetry Stones Completion Celebration Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMP Chair at that time, Chris Wakefield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMP Honorary Secretary at that time, John Pilsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lord Bill Coleridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Paul Diviani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottery St Mary Mayor Glynn Dobson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurie Palmer as Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: John Pilsworth, Chris Wakefield, Councillor Paul Diviani, Sheila Walker – Samuel Taylor in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right: Glyn Dobson, Bill Coleridge, Tom Mayberry, Pam Coleridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary Coleridge Middleton and Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large and appreciative crowd in attendance