Famous Names

As well as the most breathtaking scenery in England, the Lake District has also been home to many famous names through the ages.  You too can discover where they lived and worked, and the part they played in making the Lake District the great destination that it is.

GRASMERE’S MOST FAMOUS SON – William Wordsworth – perhaps the man who epitomises the Lake District more than any other, Wordsworth lived in and around Grasmere for most of his life.  Nearby Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are Wordsworth attractions, as are the main fells which inspired his immortal poem, beginning “I wandered lonely as a cloud..”

Sir Chris Bonington – mountaineer and leader of several major expeditions, including Mount Everest, Chirs Bonington loves the beauty and majesty of the Lake District hills and is a resident of the area.

Lord Melvyn Bragg – the author and broadcaster was born in Wigton, and wrote The Maid of Buttermere and many other works.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – a poet and writer, and regular visitor to the Wordworths, Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived at Keswick.

Fletcher Christian – Famous for his part in “The Mutiny on the Bounty” – and played by Marlon Brando in the film of the same name, Fletcher Christian was born near Cockermouth.

John Cunliffe – creator of Postman Pat, John Cunliffe set the Postman Pat books in Kendal and the remote valley of Longsleddale (doubling for Greendale in the books and TV series).  He lived and taught in the area.

Hunter Davies – the leading broadcaster is perhaps the Lake District’s biggest living “fan”, having written many books about the area, including “The Good Guide to the Lakes”.  He was born in Carlisle, and lives between London and Loweswater.

George Fox – founder of the Quaker movement in 1647, he lived in Ulverston between 1670 and 1675.

Stan Laurel – famous as the thin one of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston, a town which still celebrates his life in its festivals and attractions.

Katherine Parr – the sixth wife of Henry VIII and the only one to survive him, Katherine Parr was born in Kendal.

Arthur Ransome – famous writer of children’s classic “Swallows and Amazons”, which is also the subject of a soon-to-be-screened BBC film (some leading members of the cast even stayed at Rothay Garden during the making of it!). Arthur Ransome spent his childhood summers near Coniston Water and moved to the area in later life.

Alfred Wainwright – creator of the hand-drawn Wainwright guides to the fells and many other books about Cumbria.

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