Village of Hawkeshead is a civil parish in a valley west of Windermere, which offers magnificent scenery. Originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey, it grew to be a wool market during medieval times and subsequently a market town. Much of the land is controlled by the National Trust. Hawkeshead is also home to Wray Castle, a Victorian neo-gothic building built in 1840 for the family of a famous surgeon, James Dawson.