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placename:- Crabtree Beck
parish Loweswater parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
coordinates:- NY12972157
10Km square:- NY12

1Km square NY1221


Crabtree Beck -- Loweswater -- Cumbria / -- Running behind Crabtreebeck house. -- NY13022155 -- 17.2.2009

old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (But/Cru/Low)

Series of maps, An Accurate Map of the Matchless Lake of Derwent, of the Grand Lake of Windermere, of the Beautiful Lake of Ullswater, of Broadwater or Bassenthwaite Lake, of Coniston Lake, of Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater Lakes, and Pocklington's Island, by Peter Crosthwaite, Kendal, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1783 to 1794.
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date:- 1783=1794
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s; 1790s

hearsay There was a dam across the beck to supply water to a lead mine in Kirkhill Wood. Edward Bogg, in 1902, told of a dam burst:-
Many years ago a small reservoir, or tarn, on the hill above the lake [Loweswater], burst, and came rolling in one huge wave towards the lake; a farm stood in its path, and one of the occupants, a girl who was outside the house, saw the dark mass of water sweeping downwards. Darting into the house, she informed the inmates (the master and a female) of the occurrence. These two had just reached the outside of the door in their endeavour to escape, when the wave caught them both, swept them into the lake, and their bodies were never discovered, while strange to say, the girl, who was first to discover the inundation, was saved by the water forcibly banging the door in her face and holding her prisoner, when she was in the act of following the other persons.
It is not clear that the right beck and house are identified.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008

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