When Rupert Brooke finished his B.A., in the summer of 1909, he moved to a house called The Orchard, in Grantchester. There he spent much of his time outdoors with his close friends, dubbed the ‘Neo-Pagans’ by Virginia Woolf. He wrote poetry there, picnicked and even wrestled friends on the grass at the Meadows, which lie between Cambridge and Grantchester.
In August 1910 he moved to the Old Vicarage, Grantchester. After this, he spent some time travelling. He made his new home famous through the poem in the previous section, which he wrote while visiting his friend Dudley Ward in Berlin, as part of a tour of the continent. He later went on a lengthy tour of America and Canada, returning via the South Pacific.
- Draft in pencil of ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’ , entitled 'The sentimental exile'. Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge. RCB/V/1 ff.56-9. Transcript
- Letter from Rupert Brooke to Geoffrey Keynes, 20 Jan 1910. Cambridge University Library: Manuscripts MS Add.8482/2 f.123
- Postcard from Rupert Brooke to Edward Dent, c. April 1911. Cambridge University Library: Manuscripts MS Add.7973/B/125
- Letter from Rupert Brooke to Geoffrey Keynes, May 1913 aboard S.S. Cedric. MS Add.8482/2 f.162.