HAWKSHEAD, a small town, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Ulverston district, Lancashire. The town stands in a sheltered valley, at the head of Esthwaite water, 2 miles W of Windermere lake, 4 E by N of Coniston r. station, and 5 SW by S of Ambleside; is surrounded by a picturesque country, with many of the finest features of the Lake region; dates from very ancient times; was long the capital of Furness, and a seat of the courts of justice of Furness abbey; has a compact form, with a rather spacious market place; contains a number of old, quaint, picturesque houses; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling place; and has a post office under Windermere, a good inn, a modern town hall, a church, a Baptist chapel, a grammar school, a national school, and some charities. The church was founded about the time of the Conquest; retains the piers and arches of its original masonry; was rebuilt, in the time of Elizabeth, by Archbishop Sandys; has a massive square tower; contains effigies of Archbishop Sandys' parents; and stands on an elevation, with a fine view. The churchyard contains the grave of the distinguished Miss Elizabeth Smith. The grammar school was founded by Archbishop Sandys; has an endowed income of £210, and a good library; and numbers, among its pupils, Dr. Walker, Dr. Wordsworth, the poet Wordsworth, Lord Abinger, Sir Frederick Pollock, and Dr. King. A weekly market is held on Monday; and fairs, on Easter Monday, the Monday before Holy Thursday, and 2 Oct. The township bears the name of Hawkshead-with-Monk-Coniston and Skelwith; and includes the hamlets of Borwick, Henakin, and Gallowbarrow. Acres, 9,152. Real property, £6,720. Pop., 1,144. Houses, 234. The manor belonged formerly to Furness abbey; and belongs now to the Duke of Buccleuch. The parish contains also the townships of Claife and Satterthwaite, and comprises 19,252 acres. Real property, £13,219. Pop. in 1851, 2,283; in 1861, 2,081. Houses, 415. The property, in many parts, is subdivided. Much of the land is hilly pasture. Slate and building stone are quarried; copper ore is worked; and iron ore and other useful minerals occur. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £150. * Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The chapelries of Satterthwaite, Brathay, and Low Wray are separate benefices. There are chapels of ease in Skelwith and Claife, and a Quakers' chapel at Colthouse. The sub-district contains also part of Ulverston parish. Acres, 30,132. Pop., 3,599. Houses, 717.
John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)
Hawkshead: It's History, Archeology, Industries, Folklore, Dialect, etc. etc. by Henry Swainson Cowper, F.S.A. 1899
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Hawkshead parish from Mannix & Co., History, Topography and Directory of Westmorland, 1851.
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"TILBERTHWAITE, a hamlet in the parish of Hawkshead, county Lancaster, 2 miles N.W. of Hawkshead-in-Yewdale, near Tilberthwaite Fells."
"SKELWITH, a township in the parish of Hawkshead, hundred of Lonsdale North of the Sands, county Lancaster, 2 miles S.W. of Ambleside. It is joined with Monk-Coniston to form a township."
"MONK CONISTON, a township with Skelwith, in the parish of Hawkshead, in the county of Lancaster, 2 miles to the W. of Hawksehead. Windermere is its post town. It is situated in the Lake district, at the head of Coniston Water, abounding in trout, char, and other fish. The lake is about 6 mile. long, by 75 miles broad, and joins the sea by the river Crake. At Coniston Fells is some fine scenery, and copper and elate are worked."
"BRATHAY, a village in the parish of Hawkshead, hundred of North Lonsdale, in the county of Lancashire, 1 mile to the S.W. of Ambleside, its post town. It is seated at the head of Windermere, on the banks of the Brathay river, which takes its rise on the edge of Cumberland, at Bow Fell, and after a course of about 10 miles, through Langdale and Elterwater, falls into the lake of Windermere. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Carlisle, worth £40, in the patronage of G. Redmayne, Esq. Near the village is Brathay Park."
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