Hawkshead Grammar School

Hawkshead Grammar School

Hawkshead Grammar School was a  free school, built-in 1585 by Edwin Sandys, Archbishop of York, who lived nearby Esthwaite Hall.

The school’s most famous pupil was William Wordsworth where he, and his brother, were sent after the death of their mother.

William’s time at the school is well documented and visitors can still see where the budding poet, clearly bored during one of his lessons, carved his initials into his desk.

The schoolroom though is largely unchanged.

The museum has a fascinating collection of artefacts relating to the old school, some dating back to the 16th century.

The school closed in 1909.

The photos below show that things haven’t changed too much down the years apart from the sandstone windows and doorway.

Hawkshead Grammar School

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