Poet Laureate

Ted Hughes held the position of Poet Laureate from 28 December 1984 to 28 October 1998.

The origins of the Poet Laureate date back to 1616 when James I of England granted a pension to the writer Ben Jonson. Although there were subsequent court poets it was not until 1668, and the appointment of John Dryden by Charles II, that the post was made an established royal office within the royal household.Poet Laureate Ted Hughes North Tawton