WWI poet Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Wilfred Owen’s home given special status on National Heritage List

Posted on centenarynews.com on 21 January 2015
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British Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey listed the last permanent home of war poet Wilfred Owen Grade II on the National Heritage List for England last month as the government continues to commemorate the First World War Centenary. 

69 Monkmoor Road, Shrewsbury, is the house where Wilfred Owen began to develop as a poet.

He spent two days leave there  before returning to the battlefields in France where he was killed in action on November 4th 1918, just days before the end of the war. His parents received news of his death at Monkmoor Road.

Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Wilfred Owen was one of the most profound and distinct voices of the First World War. His bleak and candid accounts of the horrors of war have shaped our understanding of life on the Western Front.

"Owen spent his formative teenage years at Monkmoor Road and wrote many of his early works here. As Owen’s last home before his untimely death, I am delighted to recognise it for its link to such an iconic and important literary figure.'

Roger Bowdler, English Heritage Designation Director, said: "Far from the Western Front, 69 Monkmoor Road is the place where Owen began to find his own poetic voice.

"The house is little altered, and he would still feel at home in his attic bedroom. It was his last real home and is a tangible link to one of one of our greatest war poets.

"Already considerable, interest in Owen will continue to grow as we approach the centenary of his death in action in November 1918."

Read more here.

See the listing on the National Heritage List for England.

Posted by: Hannah Schneider, Centenary News