Hesket Newmarket is a village in the Allerdale district of Cumbria, located by the River Calder, about 11 miles north-west of Penrith and south-east of the village of Caldbeck. Most of the houses in the village are situated around the large village green. The market cross, located on the green, relates to the village having been granted a market charter in the mid-18th century. Historically, was part of the ancient parish of Caldbeck in Cumberland. Today, Hesket Newmarket forms part of Caldbeck Civil Parish.
HESKET-NEWMARKET, a market-town, in the township of Caldbeck-Haltcliffe, parish of Caldbeck, union of Wigton, Allerdale ward below Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 14 miles (S.S.W.) from Carlisle, and 297 (N.N.W.) from London. This is a small but neat and compact town, situated in a secluded and romantic district, on the south side of the river Caldew. The surrounding district is mountainous, and contains mines of lead, copper, and manganese; at Carrickbeck are smelting-works for the lead-ore. The market, which is held on Friday, is inconsiderable; but there are well-frequented fairs on the first Friday in May, and every alternate Friday till Whitsuntide, for cattle; and the last Thursday in August, and the second Thursday in October, for sheep. Here is a place of worship for the Society of Friends. Near the town is a petrifying spring, issuing from a rock on the margin of the river.
Extract from: A Topographical Dictionary of England comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs, corporate and market towns, parishes, and townships..... 7th Edition, by Samuel Lewis, London, 1848.
Hesket Newmarket is a small village in Cumbria, England, historically within Cumberland. It is on the opposite side of Skiddaw to Keswick within the Lake District National Park.
Hesket Newmarket is closely associated with neighbouring village Caldbeck, which is to the west. The nearest town is Wigton, north west of the village, Carlisle is to the north, Cockermouth is to the south and Penrith is to the east.
Hesket Newmarket was the original base of Carlisle based haulage giant Eddie Stobart Logistics.
The village has two social enterprises, a co-operatively owned pub, the Old Crown Inn and a co-operatively owned brewery, the Hesket Newmarket Brewery.
The name is recorded in 1227 as Eskeheued, pointing to Old Norse eski = ash (tree) + Anglo-Saxon hēafod = "ash-head" = "hill with ash trees on", and not the usual origin of placenames Hesket and Hesketh.
The village is in the parliamentary constituency of Penrith and the Border.
For Local Government purposes the village straddles the Warnell Ward of Allerdale Borough Council and the Skelton Ward of Eden District Council. It also straddles the Thursby and Greystoke & Hesket Electoral Divisions of Cumbria County Council.
Hesket Newmarket along with neighbouring village Caldbeck, has its own parish council, Caldbeck Parish Council.
- Eddie Stobart
- Edward Stobart
- William Stobart
The village has its own brewery; Hesket Newmarket Brewery which was founded in 1987, at the back of the Old Crown Inn. Chris Bonington sent a message from Kathmandu to officially open the pub.
The first beer, Blencathra Bitter, was launched in March 1988, other beers include Doris' 90th Birthday Ale.
Today the brewery is owned by Hesket Newmarket Brewery Co-operative Ltd, which was established to acquire ownership of the brewery. The Prince of Wales visited the pub in 2004 to honour its achievements.