The discovery of graphite in the Borrowdale valley during the 17th century led to an unexpected industrial development – the town became one of the world's largest pencil manufacturers. This odd museum explores the industry's history, but it was closed at the time of writing following severe damage during the 2015 floods. In the meantime, you can buy luxury Derwent colouring pencils from its pop-up shop on Stainton St.

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