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placename:- Gowder Crag
locality:- Lodore
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
coordinates:- NY265187
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2618

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Page 42:-
... To the left [of Lowdore Cascade], the perpendicular Gowder Crag, near five hundred feet high, towers proudly pre-eminent; ...
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 92:-
... In approaching the ruins of Gowdar-crag, which hangs towering forward, the mind recoils at the huge fragments of crags, piled up on both sides, which are seen through a thicket of rocks and wood. ... Here Gowdar-crag presents itself in all its terrible majesty of rock, trimmed with trees that hang from its numerous fissures.
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Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769
Page 204:-
... we came under Gowdar-crag, a hill more formidable to the eye, and to the apprehension, than that of Lowdore; the rocks at top deep-cloven perpendicularly by the rains, hanging loose and nodding forwards, seen just starting from their base in shivers. The whole way down, and the road on both sides, is strewed with piles of the fragments, strangely thrown across each other, and of a dreadful bulk; the place reminds me of those passes in the Alps, where the guides tell you to move with speed, and say nothing, lest the agitation of the air should loosen the snows above, and bring down a mass that would overwhelm a caravan, I took their counsel here, and hastened on in silence.
   Non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa.
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Mr Cumberland's Ode to the Sun, 1776
Page 225:-
   And in the witching hour of night, / Whilst thy pale sister lends her shadowy light, / Summon the naked wood-nymphs to my sight.
   Trembling now with giddy tread, / Press the moss on Gowdar's head. / ...

placename:- Gowdar Crag
other name:- Gowdar
date:- 1769; 1776
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s; 1770s

old print:- Farington 1789 (plate 4)

20 engravings, Views of the Lakes in Cumberland and Westmorland, drawn by Joseph Farington, published by William Byrne, London, 1789.
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Print, engraving, Lowdore Waterfall, painted by Joseph Farington, engraved by W Byrne and T Medland, published by W Byrne, 79 Titchfield Street, London, 1785.
Plate 4 from Views of the Lakes, &c, in Cumberland and Westmorland, published 1789.
Lodore fall in spate, between Gowder Crag and Brund Fell.
date:- 1785
period:- 18th century, late

old print:- Tattersall 1836

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Print, engraving, Derwentwater and Entrance to Borrowdale, Cumberland, drawn by George Tattersall, engraved by W F Topham, published by Sherwood and Co, Paternoster Row, London, about 1836.
The print is captioned with mountain names and acts as an outline view.
Tipped in opposite p.60 of The Lakes of England, by George Tattersall.
printed at bottom:-
printed at bottom left to right:-
Ashness. / Gowder Crag. / Hollow Stone Crag. / Glaramara. / Shepherd's Crag. / Grange Crag. / Castle Crag. / Gt. End. / Scawfell Pike. / Maiden Moor. / Higher Catbell.

placename:- Gowder Crag
date:- 1836
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Lowther 1780s-90s

Scrapbook, 4 volumes, of descriptive texts, maps, and prints of views and coats of arms, for Westmorland and Cumberland, assembled by a member of the Lowther Family, late 18th early 19th century.
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Print, engraving, Waterfall at Keswick, presumably Lodore falls, Borrowdale, Cumbria, published by F Blyth, 87 Cornhill, London, 1775.
date:- 1785
period:- 18th century, late

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