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Grassmere

Grasmere is a village in central Cumbria in the north of England. It is also the name of the adjacent lake. Grasmere's position in the centre of the English Lake District has made it popular as a tourist destination.

Geography

The village is overlooked by the small rocky hill of Helm Crag, popularly known as the Lion and the Lamb; due to the shape of rock formations on its summit.

The A591 connects Grasmere northwards over Dunmail Raise to the Vale of Keswick and southwards to Ambleside.

Government

The former civil parish was for a time governed by an urban district council before becoming part of the Lakes UDC in 1934. The village is now part of Lakes parish. Grasmere has experienced population decline since the 1960s.[citation needed]

Famous (former) inhabitants

* William Wordsworth lived in Dove Cottage, in the hamlet of Townend, on the outskirts of Grasmere, from 1799 to 1808.

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