Hawkshead, Cumbria by David Davies

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(Wikipedia) Hawkshead is a village and civil parish in the Cumbria, England. It is one of the main tourist honeypots in the South Lakeland area, and is dependent on the local tourist trade. The parish includes the hamlets of Hawkshead Hill, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) to the north west, and Outgate, a similar distance north.

The township of Hawkshead was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey; nearby Colthouse derives its name from the stables owned by the Abbey. Hawkshead grew to be an important wool market in medieval times and later as a market town after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1532. It was granted its first market charter by King James I in 1608. In 1585 Hawkshead Grammar School was established by Archbishop Edwin Sandys of York after he successfully petitioned Queen Elizabeth I for a charter to establish a governing body.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Hawkshead became a village (or town at the time) of important local stature. Poet William Wordsworth was educated in its grammar school, whilst Beatrix Potter lived nearby, marrying William Heelis, a local solicitor in the early 20th century.

Upon the formation of the Lake District National Park in 1951, tourism grew in importance, though traditional farming still goes on around the village. Hawkshead has a timeless atmosphere and consists of a characterful warren of alleys, overhanging gables and a series of medieval squares. It is eloquently described in William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘The Prelude’.

Much of the land in and around the village is now owned by the National Trust. The National Trust property is called Hawkshead and Claife.

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I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 3 years ago

    Are we on a walk about in Hawkshead ? Like the scene

  • I only have about two pics of Hawkshead; this is one.

    – David Davies

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Lovely view of one of my favourite places, we rented a holiday cottage at Outgate a few years ago, just love this place …

  • Thank you, Tom! I love Cumbria too and would really like to get back there one of these days. If we win EuroMillions tonight, then we’ll be on the next plane, even if we have to fly Air Canada! lol

    – David Davies

  • p.s. thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 3 years ago

    Sooooo lovely, David! And those colorful flowers! Wow!

  • Thank you, Pat, glad you like it!!

    – David Davies

  • p.s. thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • JustOneClick
    JustOneClickover 3 years ago

    aint changed one bit – great work

  • Glad to hear it hasn’t changed any.

    – David Davies

  • NatureGreeting Cards ©ccwri
    NatureGreeting...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture :))

  • Thanks, Carolyn, notwithstanding my booboo!

    – David Davies

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparover 3 years ago

    Nice Work .!!!

  • Thank you very much!

    – David Davies

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thank you so very much, Trish!

    – David Davies

  • Lee d'Entremont
    Lee d'Entremontover 3 years ago

    Wonderful Capture David!!!

  • Thank you, Lee, it’s a beautiful part of the country!

    – David Davies

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 3 years ago


  • Cheers, Ryan!

    – David Davies

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 3 years ago
    Super capture of this beautiful village.
  • Thanks, Lilian!

    – David Davies

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