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Remembering Shelley at Elcot Park

The Shelley family purchased Elcot Park in 1844, owned by Lady Elizabeth. Her son, the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, had died at the young age of 29. Shelley had been banished from his childhood home due to his atheism and rejection of God. His sisters, Hellen and Margaret, remained at Elcot Park after their mother passed away in 1846 and had watched as their brother's reputation transformed posthumously. Later on, biographer Thomas Jefferson Hogg met with the sisters and commented on their eerie similarity to their brother. Hellen and Margaret knew the importance of their early memories of Shelley, and spent their evenings at Elcot Park sharing stories about him.

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