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Hawkshead, Lake District
Hawkshead Village, Lake District
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Hawkshead is a village in the centre of the Lake District National Park. It sits close to the smaller lake of Esthwaite Water and just a couple of miles from Coniston Water to the west and Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the country, to the east. Hawkshead is therefore at a prime spot for exploration of the most famous and stunning natural wonders and views the Lake District has to offer.
Though it is likely to have been occupied in some form previously, the area around Hawkshead was first seriously settled by Norsemen during the 9th century – the village is believed to have been named after a Norse settler called Haukr. The area on which the church of St Michael and All Angels now sits is thought to have been the site of the original settlement.
The monks of Furness Abbey eventually took over the land before King Henry VIII decided he had had quite enough of monasteries during the 1530s. Hawkshead then developed into a trading post for farmers, particularly those involved in the wool trade, and weavers, leather makers and tanners all thrived in and around the tiny streets and alleyways of the village.
The famous writer of stories for children, Beatrix Potter, married a local solicitor named William Heelis in 1913, and his offices in Hawkshead are now the site of the National Trust Beatrix Potter Gallery. The gallery exhibits the author’s original drawings and watercolours, with special exhibitions looking into the life of one of the country’s most celebrated writers, and one of Cumbria’s most famous residents.
St Michael and All Angels Church, thought to have been built in 1500, sits on a hill overlooking the town, an impressive sight from below but also worth a look up close. Its interior is surprisingly large, and has many interesting features: the nave is 70 feet long, with north and south isles, and the huge pillars support large round arches which are decoratively painted. The churchyard offers views of nearby villages, lakes and fells, and was a favourite spot of the poet William Wordsworth, who went to school in Hawkshead.
A stream named Black Beck runs through the village and on south towards Esthwaite Water. It winds its way past the pond known as Priest Pot, perhaps named for the monks of Hawkshead Hall who used to use it as a private fishing spot. The pond sits within the North Fen National Nature Reserve, a protected area of reed swamp, sedge fen, bog and carr woodland and drier oak woodland.
There are a handful of pubs in the village, each offering real ales and hearty English food in comfortable, relaxing surroundings. Among them is the Sun Inn, a 17th century country inn with open fires, historical wood paneling, exposed stone walls, and oak beams, and the Red Lion Inn, the oldest pub in Hawkshead, dating back to the 15th century.
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