Poet - Storyteller - Bristowyan

1752 - 1770


muniment room with story 2
muniment room with story 2



The Main Aim of the

Chatterton Manuscript Project

Is to Present Images of all

Original Chattertonian Manuscripts

& Important Early Printings

To dare to go further and farther!

Now the project has grown to include

Biographies & Bibliographies

Associations & Influences

& much more besides.

It would be great to include recitations;

I was lucky to hear Prof. Nick Groom

Recite & Explain  Chatterton's

An African Eclogue - 'twas a true delight!

Yes, recitations would be good!

There are no funds to make it happen!

Damn and blast the past!

Join me and Fulfil the Promise

Of the Chatterton

Manuscript Project.

  Do you Know Anything

of  the Chatterton Story?  

I know it is full of confusion

& conflicting views!

I know he was born in Bristol

I know he did forgeries

and killed himself in London.

  The Beginning & The End All neatly wrapped up!

  ..and so to bed,

Where Chatterton laid his head

  Never to rise again!  

On the night of the 24th August 1770,

Chatterton swallowed a Potion

To cure a commotion

He then laid his head

On the pillow of his pallet bed

He was 12 weeks short

Of his 18th birthday!

But that is not the end

Not even close to the end;

In fact it was the start of it all!

Chatterton became famously famous

Dozens of books were writ

Plays have been played

From Spain to France


From  England to America

Paintings were painted

Engravings were engraved

Pots were turned -it's true, I have one

& Handkerchiefs were printed.

Chatterton was the Talk of the Town

& Country (magazine)

His story went viral worldwide.


A Poor Uneducated Working Class

Charity School Boy Pfft!

Produce such works - What!


He became the Darling of the Romantics

A true Influencer of his own times & beyond.


He Created a Medieval world

Complete with Buildings

& Heroes and Villains &

Adapted the English language

To suit his new World

All without the Help of


Whatever that is!

Although he did have a candle

For those dark evenings

More importantly he was 

A Mother's Son

A Cheeky Monkey

A Sister's Brother

A Bristowyan

A Poet!


A Wit.

One of Chatterton's Most Famous Works.

Bristows Tragedy or

The Death of Sr Charles Bawdin

 Was published in the 1776 edition of

'The Annual Register'

The American Declaration of Independence.

Appeared in the Same Volume.

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A Review of Chatterton's

Life & Works

is on pages 155 to 165,

while his

Bristows Tragedy

 is on pages 211 to 221.

A total of 21 pages for Chatterton.

The Article Covering 

The Declaration of Independence

runs from pages 261-270

A total of only 10 pages.


A Silly but Fun Fact!

Bristows Tragedy or the Death of Sr Charles Bawdin.

Composed by Chatterton in 1768.

Is this the original manuscript or a copy?

Some people say original, others say copy!

Compare the handwriting - what is your opinion?

A good one to investigate & research

Within the project - see Contents at top of page.

Bristows Tragedy Manuscript

From Old Ballads 1784, by Thomas Evans

It's the first poem in Volume 2, and was published as 'Rowlie's,'  with no mention of Chatterton.

Click the Image to View the Book.

A new edition appeared in 1810 without 'Rowlie's' works.

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Thomas Chatterton

Was A loving Son and Brother,

With an "Accelerated Mentality"

(a 1920s Bristolian phrase?).

It is clear that our Working-Class Lad had

Exceptional and Extraordinary Abilities

 But we should also note that

His life is as important as his works

 ​For to truly appreciate the song,

You must also appreciate the singer!


It is time to reclaim Chatterton

An amazing young poet,

Storyteller,  Journalist,

Playwright, Wit


A bit of a Wag

A Young Villain with Wings.