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34. The Village of Hawkshead, St Michael's Church

in the scenic Lake District, Cumbria, England

English Lake District, Cumbria (ex Cumberland & Westmorland)

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On the left is the old Hawkshead Grammar School founded in 1585, endowed by Archbishop Sandys, and attended by the poet William Wordsworth from 1779 to 1787.

 

The old Hawkshead Grammar School, the original windows were replaced in 1891. The doorway is dated 1675, whatever its age, its a fine old building.

 

The Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels, Hawkshead, constructed of rubble stone with a slate roof.

 

What you see of St Michael's Church, Hawkshead, is mainly of the late16th to mid 17th century.

 

St Michael is long and low with a low west tower. The site of the church does date from Norman times, a chapel was here in the 12th century and extended to the length of the present church by 1300.

 

Hawkshead, St Michaels' Church

 

The porch entrance and one of the mighty round piers and arches of the nave.

 

Looking east down the nave to the altar in St Michael's Church, Hawkshead

 

The pillars and arches of the nave and the north and south aisles.  The south aisle is a date of 1578. The roof of the nave was raised in 1585 and the clerestory windows added above the arches. The north clerestory is dated 1633.

 

The monument to William Sandys and his wife in the Sandys Chapel of St Michael's Church, Hawkshead, formerly dated to 1578.

 

Stained glass coat of arms (of ?) and the font (age ?) in St Michael's Church, Hawkshead

 

Looking west down the nave of St Michael's Church, Hawkshead, all the walls are whitewashed.

 

The wall inscriptions dating from 1711, in St Michael's Church, Hawkshead. The 26 biblical texts are actually placed on the broader part of the wall between the arches above the nave pillars.

 

Looking down to Hawkshead village from the elevated position of St Michael's Church.

 

Hawkshead is an attractive village with many old cottages, popular with tourists, hence the many cafes and restaurant as well as shops for basic provisions and gifts. Typical cottages and The Kings Arms Hotel, a fine old pub!

 

Hawkshead - Left: the old Methodist Church Minstrel's Gallery Tea Room and Right: The timber framed? Queen's Head pub.

 

Hawkshead Left - he Poppy Red Cafe licensed tearoom and right: The Sun Inn pub next to the Sun Cottage Cafe (delicious cakes!).

 

Hawkshead - bound to be a Beatrix Potter shop somewhere!

 

Hawkshead - The other side of the 'Peter Rabbit' shop and Poppi Red nicely decorated with flowers.

 

 

The Brown Cow Cottages in Hawkshead, next to the Queen's Head pub.

 

 

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