History of Keswick

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Keswick dates back  to Neolithic times as evidenced by  Castlerigg Stone Circle and the name Keswick, the meaning of which is “Cheese Farm” dates back to the 13th century when King Edward I granted the then Lord of the Manor, Thomas, a charter to hold a market every Saturday.  During the 16th century small scale mining developed resulting in the production of graphite pencils and today the town thrives on tourism with millions of people vising the area to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the town and the numerous activities that are carried on within the Lakes.

In 2017 The Lake District became the 31st site in the UK to be given UNESCO World Heritage Status