|Henry Kirke White 1785-1806|
|Henry's father's butcher's was in the Shambles, Henry's birthplace, opposite the Flying Horse Hotel.|
Henry's mother, better educated than his father, opened a girls’ school in the late 18th century.
Taken out of school by his father, Henry was made to work at the family butcher's and his education fell to a Mr Shipley who was amazed by the boy’s talents. The youngest member of the Nottingham Philosophical Society, Henry began to teach himself law, chemistry, astronomy, electricity, mechanics and drawing. He was also a proficient musician, composer and carpenter whilst attending city schools.
By 1798 he was a prolific writer of poetry and reader in the classics and modern literature. He had also become a stocking-weaver in the hosiery trade, Nottingham’s main industry, and, on his mother’s side, a family practice. Henry hated the drudgery and complained to his mother that he simply couldn’t finish his apprenticeship spinning and folding stockings. He even wrote to the editors of the 'Nottingham Journal' describing his concern for the state of the town's female lace workers. Henry was allowed to join a Middle Pavement law firm as an apprenticed to an attorney. Their office was in Rose Yard, now called King John's Chambers, Bridlesmith Gate.
|Henry's parents lived at 17 High Pavement|
Which I have long marked out to lay my bones in.
Sadly they are not.
The plaque inside the Exchange Arcade, Cheapside, Council House. Reads:
'HERE ON THIS SITE STOOD THE BIRTH
-PLACE OF HENRY KIRKE WHITE
POET – – BORN MARCH 31ST 1785
DIED AT CAMBRIDGE OCT 19TH 1806'