Four feet below this spot is the stone step, formerly the entrance to the cottage in which lived Andrew Marvell, poet, wit and satirist. Colleague with John Milton in the foreign or Latin secretaryship during the Commonwealth; and for about twenty years MP for Hull. Born at Winstead Yorkshire, 31st March 1621. Died in London, 18th August 1678 and buried in the Church of St Giles-In-The-Fields.
Andrew Marvell (/ˈmɑrvəl/; 31 March 1621 – 16 August 1678) was an English metaphysical poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1678. As a metaphysical poet, he is associated with John Donne and George Herbert. He was a colleague and friend of John Milton. His poems include To His Coy Mistress, The Garden, An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland, The Mower's Song and the country house poem Upon Appleton House.