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The Aim of the

Chatterton Manuscript Project

Is to Present Images


Chattertonian Manuscripts

& First Printings

Always the Source

Never the Interpretation

That being said

I listened as Prof. Nick Groom

Recited & Explained an African Eclogue

By Chatterton - A true delight!

And an eye opener.

And so, raise your head from off that bed

Join me and fulfill the promise

Of the Thomas Chatterton

Manuscript Project.

Lethargy is the Death of Learning!

Do you know anything of the Chatterton story?

I know that it is full of confusion

and conflicting views!

And I know that he did forgeries

and died in London.

..and so to bed, where I lay my head,

Never to rise again!

The End & The Beginning

On the night of the 24th August 1770,

Chatterton 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 were played from Spain to France

Paintings were painted

Engravings were, well, engraved

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

& Handkerchiefs were printed

Chatterton was the Talk of the Town

and 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.

The Menu


Full Biographies


The Point of the Project

Its Development & Status

Chatterton, Walpole,

& Tom the Church Cat

The Project Needs You!

Help the Project

Photograph MS.


Mobiles or Tablets

Laptops or PCs


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Cut to the Chase

All Manuscripts &

First Printings




Chatterton's Life

Heads Up!

Clicking a link on a mobile

Doesn't always show it is working

It is, be Cool

Your 'Density' Awaits!

The Majority of Images

Are Clickable & Zoomable.


If your Images are not Sharp

On your Tablet or Mobile

You need to Select a Setting

Such as 'Desktop.'  

In Truth

For Close-up Views

Use a PC or Laptop

If you need advice

 let me know via the Blog.

Yours, &c. to the end of the chapter .Q.