Hawkshead is situated in a conservation area and has remained largely untouched for the past 300 years. In medieval times it was the centre of the woollen industry in North Lancashire so it is not surprising to find many beautiful and interesting buildings of architectural importance in the village. The centre of the village is closed to through traffic, which makes it a pleasure exploring the cobbled streets and hidden places, or browsing the shops. Local refreshment is at hand in the several historic teashops and Inns dotted throughout the village, where you can relax and let the world go by.
Places of Interest
Dating from 1500’s, St Michael’s overlooks the village and has a picture book appearance of a medieval church. The oak timbered roof is one of its finest features. In the summer it is the focal point for the annual Lake District Summer music festival.
The Old Grammar School
Perhaps reflecting on the past status of the village, the Grammar School was founded in 1585 by the Archbishop of York. It is now a museum, whose main attraction is that of its most famous pupil, William Wordsworth, who attended the school between 1779 & 1787.
The Beatrix Potter Gallery
Situated in the centre of the village in the old offices of her husband, William Heelis, the Beatrix Potter Gallery houses an exhibition, changing annually, of the author’s work.