by George J. Dance


Alice Mary Buckton. Courtesy Buckton Family Website.

Alice Mary Buckton (March 16, 1867 - December 10, 1944) was an English poet.[1]

Life Edit

Buckton was born at Puckshott House, Chiddingfold, Surrey, the oldest daughter of George Bowdler Buckton FRS and Mary Ann Odling. As a child she befriended Alfred, Lord Tennyson; she would take walks with him in the countryside, and used to hold a candle for him as he wrote.[1]

She published her debut collection of poetry, with an introductory poem by Robert Bridges, in 1901.[2]

In 1907 she became interested in the spiritual movement in Glastonbury, England. She purchased Tor House and Garden in Glastonbury, which she renamed The Chalice Well after the holy well on the property. In 1914 she helped begin the earliest series of Glastonbury festivals.[1]

In 1938 she set up The Chalice Well trust, to administer her property after death as a public garden. She died at The Chalice Well in 1944.[1]

Writing Edit

Her 1904 "ballad-epic," The Burden of Engela, "well described the life of a Boer woman on a Transvaal farm during the Anglo-Boer War."[3]

Glastonbury The Untold Story

Glastonbury The Untold Story

Recognition Edit

Gustave Holst set her poem "The Heart Worships" to music.

The Chalice Well property was made a World Peace Garden in 2001.[1]



  • Through Human Eyes: Poems (with introductory poem by Robert Bridges). Oxford, UK: Daniel, 1901; London: E. Mathews, 1901.
  • The Burden of Engela: A ballad-epic. London: Methuen, 1904.
  • The Pastor of Wydon Fell: A ballad of the North Country. London: Elkin Mathews, 1905.
  • Songs of Joy. London: Methuen, 1908.
  • A Catechism of Life. London: Methuen, 1912; New York: Dutton, 1913.
  • Daybreak, and other poems. London: Methuen, 1918.


  • Eager Heart: A Christmas mystery play. London: Methuen, 1904; New York: Chappell, 1906; 18th edition, London: Elkin Mathews & Marriot, 1931.
  • Masques and Dances. London: C. Hogarth, 1904
    • Masques and Dances: Book II. London: C. Hogarth, 1907.
  • Masque of Beauty and the Beast. London: C.F. Hodgson, 1904.
  • Kings in Babylon. A drama in two acts (Verse drama). London: Methuen, 1906.
  • The Garden of Many Waters: A masque. London: Elkin Mathews, 1907.
  • The Coming of Bride, A pageant play in verse. London: Elliot Stock, 1914.
  • The Meeting in the Gate: A Christmas interlude. London: Elliot Stock, 1916.
  • The Dawn of Day: A pageant. London: Blue Triangle, 1919.
  • The Bright Remembrances: An Easter play. London: Challenge, 1921.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat. [4]

See alsoEdit


  • Adey, David. Companion to South African English literature. Johannesburg, South Africa: Ad. Donker, 1986.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Alice Mary Buckton," Buckton Family Website, Web, Nov. 14, 2011.
  2. Through Human Eyes, Internet Archive. Web, Mar. 6, 2020.
  3. "Notes on Life and Work", Buckton, Alice Mary (1867-1944)], Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 14, 2011.
  4. Search results = au:Alice Buckton, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 6, 2020.

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