Anyone who draws will know of Derwent Pencils, they are known for their quality and are used by many an artist. Well these pencil were made at a factory in Keswick for over two hundred and fifty years, the factory moved to West Cumbria in 2008.
Graphite was discovered in the early 1500's in Borrowdale close to Keswick. Shepherds used it to mark their sheep which wandered freely across the mountains and fells. A cottage industry of pencil making soon developed. Graphite became enormously valuable, costing around £1,500 a kilo in the late 1700's, it was transported under armed guard. The UK's first pencil factory opened in Keswick in 1832, it became the Cumberland Pencil Company in 1916.