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William Johnson Cory, born William Johnson, was an English educator and poet.
Born: January 9, 1823, Great Torrington, United Kingdom
Died: June 11, 1892, Hampstead, United Kingdom
Education: King's College, Cambridge
Eton College
Lived: 8 Pilgrim's Lane, NW3
Halsdon House, Halsdon Farm, Dolton, Winkleigh EX19 8RF, UK (50.89548, -4.05255)

8 Pilgrim's Lane, NW3 was the house of William Johnson Cory (1823-1892), poet and teacher, who wrote the poem “Heraclitus” and also the Eton Boating Song. Was dismissed from his position at Eton for an 'indecent' letter to a pupil.

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When he was forced to resign from Eton in 1872 after an "indiscreet letter" which Johnson had written to a pupil was intercepted by the parents and brought to the notice of the headmaster, William Johnson retired to Halsdon and changed his name to Cory (the maiden name of his paternal grandmother) before emigrating for health reasons to Madeira in February, 1878, where he married his cousin Theresa Furse, and had a son. He returned to England in September 1882, settling in Hampstead, where he died on June 11, 1892.
Address: Halsdon Farm, Dolton, Winkleigh EX19 8RF, UK (50.89548, -4.05255)
Type: Private Property
Phone: +44 1805 603635
English Heritage Building ID: 90837 (Grade II, 1988)
Built late XVII century with early XVIII and XIX century additions but possibly a remodelling of an earlier house.
Walls mainly rendered, probably rubble, apart from front are constructed small dressed stone blocks. Hipped slate roof to main block, gable-ended to right-hand wing. 2 rendered axial stacks to main range, one at gable-end of right-hand wing has projecting rendered rubble base with rendered shaft. 2 rendered lateral stacks at rear, one with large rubble base. According to Burke who was writing in 1853 "a very ancient mansion about 200 years ago it was rebuilt in a plain style by Philip Furse Esq", the Furses having held the estate since 1680. This suggests a late XVII century date which is corrobated by the outward appearance of the main range and the panelling in one of its rooms. However, a 2-room wing set back and extending from its right-hand end contains sections of earlier XVII century panelling and it is not clear if this represents some survival of the earlier house or was simple re-used when this range was built. The main part of the house consists of 2 equal sized rooms heated by fireplaces at the rear, separated by a central hall which extends at the rear into a small wing for the staircase. Either side of the stairs is a further rear wing probably for service purposes. Built out and extending along the rear of these wings is a narrow corridor. 1 storey probably XIX century conservatory extension at left-hand end. Various XIX century service additions have been made at the rear of both the principal ranges including a kitchen. The front is probably also an early XIX century addition or modification of the original.
Who: William Johnson Cory (January 9, 1823 – June 11, 1892)
William Johnson Cory was born at Torrington in Devonshire, on January 9, 1823. He was the son of Charles William Johnson, a merchant, who retired at the early age of thirty, with a modest competence, and married his cousin, Theresa Furse, of Halsdon, near Torrington, to whom he had long been attached. He lived a quiet, upright, peaceable life at Torrington, content with little, and discharging simple, kindly, neighbourly duties, alike removed from ambition and indolence. William Cory had always a deep love of his old home, a strong sense of local sanctities and tender associations. "I hope you will always feel," his mother used to say, "wherever you live, that Torrington belongs to you." He said himself, in later years, "I want to be a Devon man and a Torrington man." His memory lingered over the vine-shaded verandah, the jessamine that grew by the balustrade of the steps, the broad-leaved myrtle that covered the wall of the little yard.

Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906312
ISBN-10: 1532906315
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