Hesket Newmarket village green
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Hesket Newmarket is closely associated with neighbouring village Caldbeck, which is 1.5 mi (2 km) to the west. The nearest town is Wigton, 9.2 mi (15 km) north west of the village, Carlisle is 13.9 mi (22 km) to the north, Cockermouth is 18 mi (29 km) to the south and Penrith is 14.2 mi (23 km) to the east.
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.
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.
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.
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