Hawkshead Old Grammar School

Hawkshead

The Old Grammar School in the pretty village of Hawkshead was founded in 1585 by the Archbishop of York, Edwin Sandys. It is now a museum housing a unique collection of historic items relating to the school, whose most famous pupil was William Wordsworth.

 

image of hawkshead old grammar school where william wordsworth went to school

The ground floor classroom retains many old desks covered in carving done by the boys, including the poet William Wordsworth and his brother John.
 
Upstairs is the headmaster’s study and an exhibition relating to the history of the school, the founder and William Wordsworth. A guided tour explains why the boys were allowed to carve their names in the desk, drink beer and smoke at school.

 

image of old desks and benches in the interior of hawkshead old grammar school.

Whilst at school in Hawkshead, William lodged with Ann Tyson and her husband, who were in their sixties, first in the village, then at Colthouse where they moved in 1783.  Anne Tyson’s cottage is a private home, now used as a holiday cottage.

 

image of an aerial view of hawkshead old grammar school where william wordsworth went to school

2018 Opening hours – 1st April to 31st September open Monday to Saturday, 10:30-13:00 and 13:30-17:00. Closed Sundays.
 
2018 Admission – £2.50 / Group discounts apply (min 12)

 

 
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