Vernacular Architecture in the Lake District

June 20, 2008

I have for many years found it fascinating to look at the different kinds of traditional buildings in the Lake District, Since the 1970s I have often carried with me a copy of R. W. Brunskill’s paperback field handbook, Vernacular Architecture of the Lake Counties. Another book that has been on my shelves for more […]

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Keswick used to have a railway station

June 19, 2008

What is now the Keswick Country House Hotel was originally built by the company that in 1865 launched the Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway. As their new railway line into the northern Lake District replaced the previous three-hour (minimum!) journey from the Penrith mainline station by horse-drawn coach, the tourist trade expanded rapidly. A new […]

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History of the Lake District

June 18, 2008

Twenty-five years ago and more I was spending a large proportion of my professional life in the Lake District, driving up most days from Blackburn where I then lived and often staying overnight in Carlisle, or Keswick, or over in the west of the region at Eskdale Green. I’d known the southern areas and fringes […]

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Gardens of the Lake District

May 21, 2008

The English Lake District is well-known for its water and its mountains, but maybe less known for its gardens. And yet this “most beautiful corner of England” contains some magnificent gardens of many different varieties. I recently came across a book that I’d missed noticing when it was first published. (Obviously my eyesight must be […]

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