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 Wordsworth House 

Tel:  01900 824 805


Wordsworth House located on the Main Street of Cockermouth with the river Derwent flowing past at the rear was built in 1745 for the Sheriff of Cumberland.

John Wordsworth a trained lawyer moved into the property owned by his employer in 1766 whom he represented on political and business matters, making him an important if not wealthy member of the local community.

William the second of the five children Ann gave birth to was born in 1770 followed by Dorothy the only girl in 1771, who were all cared for by a modest number of household staff.

The home rescued from demolition by a local community group, was past to the National Trust in 1938 who maintain it and the grounds to an eighteenth century standard. The attending staff dressed in period costume also offer a fine assortment of home baked treats in the kitchen.

Dove Cottage in Grasmere and Rydal Mount are two other sites linked to William Wordsworth.

In 1787, Lieutenant William Bligh, fresh from sailing as  master to Captain James Cook on his voyages to the South Pacific, was commissioned to undertake a voyage in the HMS Bounty. Having obtained a number of breadfruit plantings in Tahiti they continued their mission to the Caribbean.

It could be said that the mutiny started here in Cockermouth in 1764, being the birthplace of Masters Mate Fletcher Christian, who on April 28th, 1789 with twelve crewmembers staged the now famous mutiny, capturing the ship, and setting Lt. Bligh and his supporters adrift in the ship's launch.

Lakeland Sheep & Wool Centre

On the A66 at Cockermouth with Exhibition - Shop & Restaurant

Plus a Hotel only a short walk from Town Centre

Tel/Fax: 01900-822-673


Bassenthwaite Lake has a horse racing past that was assigned to the history books for obvious reasons long ago. John Pocklington an eccentric resident of Keswick who built the Chapel at the Bowder Stone in Borrowdale held the races in the lake.

The entrants in the race were attached to a floating pontoon and towed to the centre of the lake, the horses were released and the winner was the first horse to reach the shore.

The latest attraction being a pair of mating Osprey's which have returned to breed in the Whinlatter Forest, hatching in June and flying in July.

A web cam had been set up and can be viewed live from the Park Visitors Centre at the top of Whinlatter Pass. Click on Images to view latest photos

Jennings Brewery Tour

One can't visit Cumbria or The Lake district without noticing the prominent Jennings sign above the door of the local Public Houses (Taverns) to recognise the malty, nutty aromour of their fine Beer and Ale's

A visit to Cockermouth cannot be complete without a Tour of the Castle Brewery, founded in 1828 in the nearby village of Lorton the present facilities have been in constant operation since 1874 ( Open All Year)

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