Things you probably didn’t know about England’s Lake District

Famous for its lakes, tarns and stunning scenery, England’s Lake District has a fascinating history which most people know little about.

Some of the most interesting legends and facts about the Lake District include:

Richard Woodall´s shop in Waberthwaite

Richard Woodall's shop in Waberthwaite is a must for lovers of Cumberland sausage and local bacon and ham. Eight generations of the same family have ensured its success, and the shop was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1990 to supply the Queen with traditional Cumberland meats.

The Sleepy Elephant in Sedbergh

The Sleepy Elephant Gift Shop in Sedbergh was formerly a chemist shop, and is housed in a medieval building that was featured in the BBC production of ‘The House Detectives'. Bonnie Prince Charlie was said to have hidden in a chimney here during his retreat north in 1745.

Living and Crowing in Dalston

Dalston's motto is ‘Whilst I live, I'll crow.´ This is a reference to the sport of cock-fighting which was once popular in Dalston. An iron sculpture of a black and red cockerel sits on the top of the lamp base in the Village Green.

Earl Mayo in Cockermouth

The marble statue in Main Street, Cockermouth is of Earl Mayo (Richard Southwell Bourke) – who was Cockermouth's MP for 10 years (1857-1867). Bourke was appointed Viceroy to India in 1869, but three years later was stabbed to death in the Andaman Islands (Indian Ocean) by a convict serving time in the penal colony on the Islands.

Reiver Baptisms

Border Reivers were raiders along the Anglo–Scottish border from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century. At Reiver Baptisms, the right hand of a male child was deliberately left unchristened so that it might deal a ‘more deadly . . . blow to the enemy'.

Irish Ireby

The name ´Ireby´ means ‘settlement of the Irish'. In the early 19th century the village had its own bank and printed its own bank notes.

Beast Banks, Kendal

Known as the Green on Beast Banks, Kendal, this was where bulls were baited before slaughter, a practice said to ‘improve' the quality of the meat. The butcher shops were situated in Old Shambles but the site was too flat for the blood and offal to drain away, so New Shambles was built in 1803 on sloping ground to improve the drainage of the blood down to the river.

If you want to find out more about the legends, the famous residents and the fascinating history of the Lake District, why not book a few nights away at a luxury cottage in Windermere and enjoy an outdoor hot tub, whirlpool bath for two and much more.