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Hawkshead, Cumbria

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Hawkshead, Cumbria

Hawkshead (Hawk-shead) 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 to the north west, and Outgate, a similar distance north.
DistrictSouth Lakeland
Administrative CountyCumbria
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD3598
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code015394
Population589 (2001)

Hawkshead, Cumbria in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Hawkshead, small town and par., N. Lancashire, at head of Esthwaite, 5 miles SW. of Ambleside, 22,330 ac. (640 water), pop. 2204; P.O., T.O.; is an ancient and irregularly built town, possessing a grammar school founded by Archbishop Sandys, at which Wordsworth the poet was educated; the church, founded at the time of the Conquest, retains much of its original masonry; in vicinity of town is Hawkshead Hall, where the abbots of Furness held their manor courts.

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