Upon purchasing Derwent Isle in the 1770s, Joseph Pocklington built a massive Georgian house and ordered various fanciful “improvements” (including a “druidical circle” and a model fort) upon the traditional grounds. Wordsworth was joined by many in protesting the modernizing efforts of “King Pocky” (as Coleridge took to calling him). M.E. Brown’s recent biography of Pocklington bears the striking title A Man of No Taste Whatsoever. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.