Ted Hughes – Poet Laureate

Ted Hughes Poet North Tawton

Ted Hughes OM (1930 – 1998) moved to North Tawton in 1961 with his first wife, the American poet Sylvia Plath.  After his marriage to Carol Orchard in 1970, they returned to North Tawton with Hughes’ children, Frieda and Nicholas.  It remained his home until his death.

He wrote extensively for adults and children, and in 2011 Hughes was memorialised in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, where the ledger stone was unveiled by the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

The plaque on the Town Council Office wall commemorating his life in North Tawton was unveiled by Carol Hughes in April 2011.