In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Keswick like this:
Keswick.-- market town and township with ry. sta., Crosthwaite par., Cumberland, on river Greta, at lower end of Derwentwater, 13 miles SE. of Cockermouth and 293 from London - township, 555 ac., pop. 3201; town, pop. 3220; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. Keswick is beautifully situated in the midst of stupendous mountains, having romantic and picturesque scenery. It is a centre for tourists visiting the Lake District, and much has been done for their accommodation by the erection of fine hotels, &c. Keswick has long been famous for the mfr. of black lead Pencils; but the black lead mines in the neighbourhood are now practically exhausted. It also has mfrs. of coarse woollens, a brewery, and tannery.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Keswick has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Allerdale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Keswick and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Keswick, in Allerdale and Cumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 08th December 2013
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