The village of Grasmere is located in the center of the English Lake district. The village is found adjacent to the lake of Grasmere. It's most famous resident is probably the poet William Wordsworth. The poet lived in this area for fourteen years and described it as "the loveliest spot that man hath ever found." His words are probably truer than anyone can realize since Grasmere village is a popular tourist destination.
Grasmere is home to many different gift shops. Visitors who enjoy a good shopping experience find there is no shortage of places to head. These unique shops hold a variety of souvenirs for you to choose from. If you want something that shows you visited this beautiful little village then you can find it and there is plenty to choose from.
There are also many different things for you to view. While the majority of the buildings in the village date from the 19th and 20th century there are also several farms and cottages that are as old as the 13th century.
Probably the most popular of these cottages is the Dove Cottage. Dove Cottage was the home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy from 1799 to 1808. In this quaint home Wordsworth wrote many of his poetry while Dorothy wrote her famous journals. While this building doesn't date back to the 13th century, as many other buildings in the area do, it is an older building. Dating back to the 17th century the home was originally an inn called the Dove and Olive. The inn closed its doors in 1793 and Wordsworth and his sister moved in in 1799. Wordsworth lived there with his wife Mary Hutchinson after their marriage in 1802 and three of their children were born in this home. Today visitors can tour this ancient home and see many of the items that were used by the famous author as well as many of his manuscripts and paintings from the era.
Another interesting site for visitors to see is the St Oswald's Church. Probably the oldest structure in Grasmere, St Oswald's dates back to the 13th century. The nave, which is the oldest part of the building, is home to many memorials such as the Le Fleming family and of course William Wordsworth. While you are there enjoying the beauty of the architecture and serenity of the building itself be sure to view the fells beyond the church. Here you can see a statue of Madonna and Child which was constructed by Ophelia Bell who was married to William Heaton Cooper, a local artist. Before leaving the church don't forget to take a look at Wordsworth's prayer book which is located in a glass case near the altar.
As with shopping the foodie will find many tasty stops to try. Grasmere is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes so you won't have to worry about finding something that you like.
Grasmere is a beautiful little village. You don't have to be a poetry fan to enjoy its serenity.
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