The castle in the background, otherwise known as Sherborne Lodge (as opposed to the old 12th century castle, now a ruin) was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594. The grounds and garden were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown.
Pope, the son of a Roman Catholic linen merchant and grandson of an Anglican clergyman, wrote his first verse when he was twelve years old. Pope made English translations in verse of the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer. His income from these volumes enabled him to move to Twickhenham, where his study of landscape gardening began. One of the first books I ever bought in a secondhand bookshop was a small brown copy of Pope's Iliad.
- Sherborne Castle
- Join the HHA, and visit Sherborne Castle under the scheme
- Sherborne Castle Garden
- University of York: Alexander Pope and Landscape Gardening
- Parks and Gardens: Alexander Pope
- Pope and Sherborne: Walking in Dorset by Alexander Roberts
- The Life of Pope by Samuel Johnson
- Poems of Sir Walter Raleigh
- 'Capability' Brown in the National Portrait Gallery