In the late 18oo's Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley was the vicar at Keswick's Crosthwaite Church and inspired by his love of the Lake District, in 1895 he helped to establish the National Trust. Canon Rawnsley and his wife Edith, herself an artist, were inspired by their friend John Ruskin whose ideas paved the way for the Arts and Crafts movement to set up the Keswick School of Industrial Arts.
The landscape has inspired many artists, authors, poets and photographers (past and present) to create some beautiful pieces of work. It has also inspired individuals to push and challenge their own physical and mental limits in the fields of rock climbing, fell walking, running, cycling and water sports. Keswick brothers, George and Ashley Abraham, combined both their love of rock climbing and photography, producing dramatic and exciting images. The Abrahams' photographic shop in Keswick, built-in 1887, is now home to George Fisher outdoor shop and Abraham's Cafe. It still contains many items of memorabilia, including photographs, from the Abrahams' era. In more recent times, the landscape has provided inspiration and the backdrop for many films and television programmes. Did you spot Derwentwater in the 2015 Star Wars blockbuster, The Force Awakens?