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This page is packed with information about the local villages. Having
lived in the area all our lives, we've transfered our local knowledge
onto this page. There are many imformative links to other websites,
which we know will be useful to you. This page, and many
of the other pages on this website, will be invaluable to you for local knowledge of
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Built up initially around probably England's richest mineral mining, (in the local Caldbeck and Northern fells, during the past fivecenturies), which used to dominate this area. During the 17th century, virtually every household in the village would have had connections with the local mineral mining activities. The large area of, now the village green, was then covered by houses which have since been demolished.
If, during your stay with us at Riverside, you have relatives or friends, who are not Caravaners, but wish to stay in the area near you, the well respected Denton House Guest house is situated in Hesket Newmarket. Its the Large white building, (top left of photo), which was originally built in the late 1700's as the area's Work House for the homeless.
Hesket Newmarket, in the early 1800's had "five" pubs, and was famous for its country produce market. The Market cross still stands at the head of the large village green. You may have noticed the Bus stop sign next to it. This is the Bus stop for the "Caldbeck Rambler" operated by Stagecoach which provides a daily service between Carlisle & Keswick.
Formerly FELLSIDE STORES, now re-named THE VILLAGE SHOP & TEA ROOM, in Hesket-Newmarket.
A well stocked, Groceries and fresh produce Shop, Post Office and Tea Room.
"If it's good enough for royalty, it should be good enough for you" or, "If its good enough for you, it should be good enough for royalty".
Incidentally, the shop manageress in the maroon top is called Diane.
THE VILLAGE SHOP & TEA ROOM, at Hesket Newmarket is only 1.5 miles from the site, and stocks all your everyday needs. The Shop is a valuable alternative to you having to travel to large supermarkets in the local towns, which is what you come on Holiday to escape from. It even has a good range of home baked products, actually prepared and cooked on the premises.
Liz & Andy Bothamley now own and manage the Village Shop, with Diane still at the Helm.
Sir Chris Bonnington who lives locally, shared a toast with them on their celebrated completion of extensive refurbishments. www.hesketnewmarketshop.co.uk
Time for a quick pint. The (now famous) "Old Crown Inn" (dog friendly), with its adjoining associated Brewery, not only serves its own award winning "Real Ales" on the premises, but now distributes them to a multitude of Public Houses and outlets all over the country.
Not only built around the rich mineral mining past, but from the strength of its river, which used to power up to as many as "Eight" Mills of various descriptions, one of which has been restored to its former glory, (Priests Mill) and is open to the public.
KIRKLAND STORE, in Caldbeck. A well stocked, Groceries and fresh produce Shop, Off licence Post Office and Filling Station, where Petrol, Diesel and Calor Gas can be obtained. Kirkland Store is only 3 miles from the Site, and has proved to be a valuable life-line to visitors, stocking all the every day requirements, and saving an unnecessary longer journey to a big supermarket in one of the local towns.
Caldbeck was home to perhaps Britain's most famous Huntsman "JOHN PEEL" brought to fame nationally by the locally written song "DE-YA KEN JOHN PEEL". His grave is situated in the Church Yard.
An aerial view of Caldbeck Church, and the former Rectory, (now a privately owned house). The recently restored Priests Mill is on the extreme top right of the photo.
St.Kentigerns Church is prominently situated in the centre of the village of Caldbeck.
The interior is rather unusual for a rural Church. It has an elaborate architectural feature of multiple stone built arches and pillars. Also, at high level, discreet windows provide lots of natural day light. The roof timbers are of Teak.
CALDBECK SURGERY. Frier Row, (The road just behind the Church) If you need medication or medical attention, during your stay in the area, please rest assured, you will get the preferential attention and treatment you need at the Caldbeck Surgery, and the associated prescription pharmacy.
Last, but not least, our own Hamlet of MILLHOUSE is actually the largest built-up community of the parish of Castle Sowerby. It once had "three" pubs. A blacksmiths smithy, which shoed horses, made and repaired cartwheels, and general iron work. And a water powered saw mill which specialised in cutting locally felled soft and hardwood trees into planks.
We were fortunate to receive lottery funding, to add to local fund raising, to build a brand new, but traditionally styled Millhouse Village Hall, which serves as the main meeting and function room for the parish of Castle Sowerby. It was officially opened in 1999.