Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Hawkshead......................... walking in the footsteps of Wordsworth and Potter

During our recent trip to Cumbria we caught up with some of the local history.
The South Lakes are full of historic places... our day out to Hawkshead was like a school day

Hawkshead Grammar School dates from 1585

The Grammar School with the village church behind.
William Wordsworth was educated here from 1778...  his desk with his carved initials is on display.

The church sits on a hill behind the school with views over the village to the mountains beyond.

It has a wonderful interior... the pillars are whitewashed but not over the ancient script and design.

Hawkshead has some really quaint cobbled streets to wander around.

The local pubs are well worth a visit... bed and breakfast accommodation is everywhere.

This was the office of Beatrix Potters husband William Heelis a solicitor.
It is now a museum and gallery showing off some of her possessions and art works.

Hawkshead has some wonderful shops...this is Mandy emerging from one to tell me she has just tasted the best home made marmalade ever... and we need to buy some.
We did and it was!

Linking to Skywatch Friday and Our World Tuesday

22 comments:

dinascitywildlife.com said...

Looks like a really great place. I was wondering if there were people there until I saw that last shot. You must have been there early in the morning. So many great shots!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely village, love Beatrix Potter.

TexWisGirl said...

looks like a very nice place to explore!

Stewart M said...

Great place - if a little crowded in summer!

We stayed just up the hill from Hawkshead during our recent visit.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Margaret Adamson said...

Now that looks like a beautiful place to visit and you have captured the essence of it very well.

ADRIAN said...

It is a beautiful village but I have only ever seen it during wet weather.

Judy said...

What buildings!! They are in beautiful condition, and so interesting!! Now I want to go...

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos are wonderful Andrew, they show such a pretty town with lovely buildings and that church is very special too.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful place, love the architecture.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Looks like a beautiful village. Love all the history, and great photos.

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful place, so full of historical sites.

Lea said...

Thanks for the tour!
Have a happy day!
Lea

Light and Voices said...

1500s school....in our area voters just approved 89 million dollars to build/upgrade a high school. The one is your image looks like a fine building. Is it still in use?

Looks like you both enjoyed the tour of such an interesting village.
JM, Illinois-U.S.A.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a great village to explore. I like everything about it. For some reason, I never thought of Beatrix Potter as being married.

fredamans said...

Nice, quaint and beautiful town. I love the cobble stone streets.

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely and quaint is a good word for the village ~ beautiful photography! Fun time!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol
www.acreativeharbor.com

Cynthia said...

Potter and Wordsworth in one town! What a great place to explore. I love that narrow little street.

Felicia said...

the church is beautiful inside and what a view of the village and surrounding countryside....so very pretty.

Linda W. said...

What a cute village. Your photos are fantastic!

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots of this adorable village!

Marie said...

I am totally entranced!!! Would love to visit there, see Wordsworths lovely school and Beatrix Potter's husband's office! And buy some marmalade! What a great vacation!

Bill Nicholls said...

Beautiful church, I'll have to remember that if I go there.