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Press Release: Pencil factory name is retained!

10 May 2018

Pencil Factory Lettering

Pencil Factory Name Retained
“The Home of Cumberland Pencils”

Keswick, 9 May 2018 - Keswick Ministries has confirmed it is to retain the iconic lettering “The Home of Cumberland Pencils” which is featured on the front of the existing Pencil Factory building in Keswick, as part of the building’s refurbishment into a modern conference centre.

Original architects' drawings, as outlined in the Planning Application for the refurbishment of the Pencil Factory building, don’t show this level of detail. However, Keswick Ministries confirms that “The Home of Cumberland Pencils” lettering is to be preserved.

“We are delighted to make this announcement.” said Keswick Ministries, Chief Operating Officer, David Sawday, “The Pencil Factory building is an iconic landmark in Keswick, and the ‘Cumberland Pencils’ lettering is an important feature. This should be the building’s name for perpetuity.”

While the Cumberland Pencil Company was set up in 1832, a factory was first established on the Keswick site in 1916. The current Art Deco building was completed in 1937. The building fell into disuse and was sold when the company moved to new premises in Workington in 2008.

The Pencil Factory already has a strong association with Keswick Convention. It was originally owned by Charles Greenwood, a local iron monger who was converted to Christianity after hearing a Convention preacher Daniel Crawford proclaim the gospel in the Market Place in Keswick. In fact, Charles was so impressed that he even named his son, Daniel Crawford Greenwood, after the Preacher.

Keswick Ministries acquired the site in 2015, completing the purchase in 2017, and will refurbish the building to provide facilities for Convention visitors and volunteers – as well as a modern conference facility that will attract visitors to Keswick outside of the summer tourist season. Refurbishment work is due to begin on the building this September, with a final completion date of June 2021.

“The Home of Cumberland Pencils” will continue to be an iconic building and a local landmark for Keswick and, once refurbished, a source of pride and great benefit to businesses and residents of the town as it attracts visitors to conferences and other events," added Mr Sawday.

Keswick Ministries also owns the site of the Pencil Museum which celebrates Keswick’s long association with pencils and is and will continue to be a key visitor attraction.