|George Granville Barker is buried at St. Mary's
Church, Itteringham, Norfolk. His grave can be found in the far corner of the
Headstone of George Barker
Barker moved to Norfolk in the late 1960's and settled at Bintry
House in Itteringham. The flint and brick farmhouse lies in the
village - not far from the
He lived here with his novelist wife Elspeth Barker with
whom he had 5 children. He also had a relationship with the Canadian poet
Elizabeth Smart with whom he had 4 children. (Elizabeth Smart's famous
prose poem By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept was
inspired by her relationship with Barker.)
In total Barker fathered 15 children and was renowned for
his hard-drinking, bohemian lifestyle.
Raffaella Barker (his daughter) wrote about the chaotic life at
Bintry House in her semi-autobiographical novel Come and Tell
me Some Lies.
Barker's later poetry was inspired by the Norfolk
landscape and churches.