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placename:- Great Gable
parish Nether Wasdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
hill
Altitude 2949 feet
coordinates:- NY21101034
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2110

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Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 4.7.2011
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Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 4.7.2011

text:- Mason 1907 (edn 1930)

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...
... to know that the Great Gable is something like the gable of a house; ...
date:- 1907
period:- 1900s

source:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
Page 179:-
A TABLE OF THE HEIGHTS OF MOUNTAINS IN THE COUNTIES OF CUMBERLAND, WESTMORLAND, AND LANCASHIRE.
No. : Names of Mountains. : Counties. : Height in Feet above the Sea Level.
6 : Great Gable, Wastdale : Cumberland : 2925
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H

Map of the English Lakes, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
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Gable
hill hachuring

placename:- Gable
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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Gt. Gavel
Hill hachuring.

placename:- Great Gavel
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
... THE Lake district ... consists of large masses or clusters of mountains, generally terminating in one aspiring and pre-eminent point, with the intermediate valleys occupied either by lakes and their subsidiary tarns, or by winding rivers.
The chief nuclei of these clusters are, Skiddaw and Blencathra, Helvellyn, Fairfield, Coniston Old Man, Blackcomb, Scafell, Gable, Red Pike, Grasmoor, Grisdale Pike, and the Langdale Pikes. Many noble and commanding mountains rise around these, rivalling them in height and grandeur, but still
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serving as large buttresses only. In the presentation of endlessly-diversified forms, these Mountains yield to none, however individually inferior they may be, owing to their being seldom seen in a detached point of view; although, on the other hand, they have thus the advantage of forming combinations at once grand and sublime, towering above each other, or rising in ridges, like the mighty billows of the ocean.
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ELEVATION OF THE MOUNTAINS,
ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT AUTHORITIES.

placename:- Gable
other name:- Great Gable
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old print:- Otley 1823 (4th edn 1830)

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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Some of the Western Mountains: / as seen from Helvellyn.
Wetherlam / Old Man - Coniston Fell / Carrs, or Scars / Gray Friar / Black Combe / Crinkle Crags / Bowfell / Scawfell Pike / Great-end Crag / Glaramara / Great Gable / Kirkfell / Pillar Fell / Honister and High Crag / High Stile / Dalehead and Red Pike / Robinson / Blake Fell / Witeless Pike / Grasmoor / Ill Crags / Grisedale Pike
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The Mountains of Coniston, Langdale, &c. / as they appear from the road between Troutbeck Bridge and Bowness.
Old Man - Coniston Fell / The Carrs / Wetherlam / Wrynose Gap / Pike of Bliscow / Crinkle Crags / Scawfell Pike / Bowfell / Great End / Great Gable / Pike of Stickle / Harrison Stickle / Paveyark
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The Mountains of Crummock and Buttermere: / as seen on the Road between Scale-Hill and Loweswater.
Whiteside / Grasmoor / Witeless Pike / Robinson / Fleetworth / Rannerdale Knot / Hay Stacks and Gable / Cold Kell Wyke / Kirkfell / High Crag / High Stile / Red Pike / Melbreak / Hencomb
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The Mountains round Wastwater: / as seen from the Strands in Nether Wasdale.
Buckbarrow Pike / Middlefell / Yewbarrow / Great Gable / Lingmell / Great-end Crag / Scawfell Pike / Scawfell / Screes
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The Mountains of Ennerdale: / as seen from Kirkland.
Herdhouse / Green Gable / Great Gable / The Pillar / Wind Yate / Black Crag / Steeple / Matlin Cove / Hay Cock / Iron Crag / Revelin / Crag Fell - Grike

placename:- Great Gable
other name:- Gable
date:- 1830
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old print:- Otley 1823 (8th edn 1849)

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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Engraving, outline view of mountains, Windermere looking towards the West from the Road between Troutbeck and Bowness, drawn by T Binns, engraved by O Jewitt, opposite p.4 of A Descriptive Guide of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, 8th edition, 1849.
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Engraving, outline view of mountains, Crummock and Buttermere from the Road near Loweswater Church, drawn by T Binns, engraved by O Jewitt, opposite p.18 of A Descriptive Guide of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, 8th edition, 1849.
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Engraving, outline view of mountains, Mountains of Wast Water as seen from Nether Wasdale, drawn by T Binns, engraved by O Jewitt, opposite p.22 of A Descriptive Guide of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, 8th edition, 1849.
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Engraving, outline view of mountains, A Group of Mountains seen from Helvellyn, looking towards the South West, drawn by T Binns, engraved by O Jewitt, opposite p.50 of A Descriptive Guide of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, 8th edition, 1849.

placename:- Great Gable
other name:- Great Gavel
date:- 1849
period:- 19th century, early; 1840s

old print:- 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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GABLE, OR GREAT GAVEL
- So called from its shape - is a fine object as viewed from Wasdale, from Ennerdale, or from Crummock Lake; it is also seen from Windermere. It is 2925 feet in height, and is remarkable for a well of pure water on the very summit. This is not a spring issuing in the common way out of the earth; but is supplied immediately from the atmosphere, in the shape of rains and dews. It is a triangular receptacle in the rock, six inches deep, and capable of holding about two gallons; and by containing water in the driest seasons, shews how slight a degree of evaporation is carried on at this altitude. The rock of Gable is a very hard, compact, dark-coloured stone, with garnets imbedded.
...
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... A steep zigzag track now descends on the side of Gable [from Sty Head], down which the horses may be led; as it is neither quite safe nor agreeable to ride. Crags of the most grotesque forms overlook the road, and the side of the hill is profusely strewed with stones, in some of which garnets may be found imbedded: and in crossing the stream which issues between Gable and Kirkfell, a rock of reddish granite may be seen, where it is denudated by the waters on both sides of the road. ...
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... Garnets are found imbedded in some of the rocks on Castlerigg Fell and Great Gable. ...

placename:- Gable
other name:- Great Gavel
Altitude 2925 feet
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

source:- Otley 1818

New Map of the District of the Lakes, in Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, published by J Otley, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1818; pblished 1818 to 1850s.
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placename:- Gable
hill

old text:- Miller 1847

Report on the Fall of Rain in the Lake Districts of Cumberland and Westmoreland in 1846, by John Fletcher Miller, printed by G Irwin, Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 1847.
Page 4:-
Note. The Lake district Gauges are five inches in diameter; they are all of the same construction, and are elevated about eighteen inches above the surface. The funnel rims are of stout sheet brass, so that the apertures cannot readily lose their circular form. The Metres were all made by Bate of the Poultry, London. - The Rain is read off daily at 9 A.M.
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REMARKS ON MOUNTAIN GAUGES.
The Mountain Gauges are on pretty much the same construction as those in the vallies, but the receivers are much more capacious, being calculated to hold nearly 80 inches of Rain.
The contents of the Gauges on Sca Fell and Gabel, have been frozen at the close of every month since October last; and as there is still no immediate prospect of our being able to measure off the water, I have concluded to publish the results obtained, without further delay: and, in the next report, I propose to give the whole monthly readings for 1846 and 1847 in one table.
...
The Gauges on Sca Fell, Gabel, and Seatollar, are on the extreme summits of these monntains; and the whole of the instruments are freely exposed to the action of wind and rain, from almost every point of the compass.
...

placename:- Great Gabel
other name:- Gabel
date:- 1847
period:- 19th century, early; 1840s

old print:- MacBride 1922

Wild Lakeland, by MacKenzie MacBride illustrated by Alfred Heaton Cooper, published by Adam and Charles Black, London, 1922-28.
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Print, colour, Sprinkling Tarn and Great Gable, by Alfred Heaton Cooper, published by Adam and Charles Black, 4-6 Soho Square, London, 2nd edn 1928.
Tipped in opposite p.17 in Wild Lakeland by MacKenzie MacBride.
printed at bottom:-
SPRINKLING TARN AND GREAT GABLE
signed at lower right:-
A. HEATON COOPER

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1922
period:- 1920s

old print:- LMS 1920s

Guide book, LMS Route Book no.3, The Track of the Royal Scot, part 1 London Euston to Carlisle, by Edmund Vale, published by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, LMS, 1920s.
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Hills of Lakeland in Outline, published in the LMS Route Book No.3, The Track of the Royal Scot, by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, LMS, 1920s.
date:- 1920=1929
period:- 1920s

old print:- Jenkinson 1875

Guide book, A Practical Guide to the English Lake District, by Henry Irwin Jenkinson, published by Edward Stanford, 55 Charing Cross, London, 4th edition 1875.
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Print, lithograph, outline view, Panoramic Sketches from Helvellyn, Westmorland, by Edwin A Pettitt, London, published by Edward Stanford, 55 Charing Cross, London, 1875.
... Great Gable ...
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Print, lithograph, outline view, Panoramic Sketches from Skiddaw, Cumberland, by Edwin A Pettitt, London, published by Edward Stanford, 55 Charing Cross, London, 1875.
... Great Gable ...
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Print, lithograph, outline view, Panoramic Sketches from Scawfell Pike, Cumberland, by Edwin A Pettitt, London, published by Edward Stanford, 55 Charing Cross, London, 1875.
... Great Gable ...

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1875
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Matthew 1866

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Print, engraving, outline view, Mountains as seen from the Road to Wastwater near Murthwaiteside, Cumberland, published by J Richardson, Highgate, Kendal, Westmorland, 1866.
Tipped in before p.1 of The English Lakes, Peaks and Passes, from Kendal to Keswick, by George King Matthew.
printed at bottom:-
MOUNTAINS AS SEEN FROM THE ROAD TO WASTWATER NEAR MURTHWIATESIDE.
printed at caption to mountains:-
... Great Gable. ...

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1866
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Black 1856 (23rd edn 1900)

Guide book, Black's Guide to the English Lakes, published by Adam and Charles Black, North Bridge, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, or Soho Square, London, 1856 to 1900s onwards.
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Print, lithograph, Outline Views, Windermere - Mountains as seen from the North End of Belle Isle, Windermere, and Mountains as seen from Biscay How, Bowness, by J Flintoft, Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by R Mason, Edinburgh, Lothian, about 1900.
... 5 Great Gable ...
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Print, lithograph, Outline Views, Buttermere - Mountains as seen from the Knots near the Hotel at Buttermere, and Mountains as seen at the Seat in Lanthwaite Wood, Scale Hill, by J Flintoft, Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by R Mason, Edinburgh, Lothian, about 1900.
... 5 Great Gable ... 5 Great Gable ...
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Print, lithograph, Outline Views, Haws and Wastwater - Mountains as seen from Burn-Banks near the Foot of Hawes Water, and Mountains as seen near Nether Wastdale at the First Bridge on the road to Wast-Water, by J Flintoft, Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by R Mason, Edinburgh, Lothian, about 1900.
... 4 Great Gable ...

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1900
period:- 1900s

old print:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
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Print, engraving, outline view, Mountains seen from Lanthwaite Wood Crummock Water, drawn by L Aspland, engraved by W Banks, Edinburgh, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855.
Opposite p.84 in A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau.
The view is captioned, numbers refering to mountains in the image - 1 Whiteless Pike, 2 Honister Crag, 3 Green Gable, 4 Great End, 5 Great Gable / Rannerdale Knott (beneath), 6 Scawfell Pike, 7 Kirkfell / Scarf Gap (below), 8 High Crag, 9 High Stile, 10 Bleaberry Crag, 11 Red Pike, 12 Melbreak.
printed at top:-
MOUNTAINS SEEN FROM LANTHWAITE WOOD CRUMMOCK WATER.
printed at bottom left, right:-
L Aspland Delt. / W Banks Sc Edinr.

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Linton 1852

Guide book, A Handbook of the Whitehaven and Furness Railway, guide to the Lake District etc, by John Linton, published by Whittaker and Co, London, etc, 1852.
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Print, engraving, outline views, Mountains as Seen from the Esk Viaduct, the Eskmeals Viaduct, and Mountains as Seen from the Viaduct near Drigg, the Irt Viaduct, Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway, Cumberland, engraved by W H Lizars, Edinburgh, published by Whittaker and Co, London, and by R Gibson and Son and by Callander and Dixon, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 1852.
Tipped in opposite p.86 of A Handbook of the Whitehaven and Furness Railway, by John Linton.

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1852
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bogg 1898

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Photograph, halftone print, Storm on Great Gable, Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, by Bowen, published by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
Included on p.202 of Lakeland and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg.

placename:- Great Gable
date:-
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bogg 1898

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Photograph, halftone print, Wasdale Head and Great Gable, Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, by F Leach, published by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
Included on p.168 of Lakeland and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg.

placename:- Great Gable
date:-
period:- 19th century, late

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Print, hand coloured engraving, Wast Water and Scawfell Pikes from the Road to Calder Bridge, Cumberland, published by Sherwood and Co, London, 1836?
Objects in the view are identified by a caption at the bottom - Great Gavel, Lingmell, Scawfell Pikes, The Screes.
printed at bottom:-
WAST-WATER & SCAWFELL PIKES. / from the road to Calder Bridge. / London. Pubd. April 15th 1836 by Sherwood & Co.

placename:- Great Gavel
date:- 1836
period:- 19th century, early

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Print, uncoloured engraving, Head of Wastwater, drawn by IW, engraved by R Scott, about 1800?
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
I.W. delint. / R. Scott sculpt. / The Head of Wastwater
date:- 1800
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Black 1841 (3rd edn 1846)

Guide book, Black's Picturesque Guide to the English Lakes, published by Adam and Charles Blck, North Bridge, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, 1841 to 1888.
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Print, engraving, outline view, Mountains as seen from the North End of Belle Isle, Windermere, and Mountains as seen from Bisket How, Bowness, by J Flintoft, Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by R Mason, Edinburgh, about 1844.
... 5 Great Gable ...
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Print, engraving, outline view, Mountains as seen from The Knots near the Victoria at Buttermere, and Mountains as seen at the Seat in Lanthwaite Wood, Scale Hill, by J Flintoft, Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by R Mason, Edinburgh, Lothian, about 1846.
... 5 Great Gable ... 5 Great Gable ...
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Print, engraving, outline view, Mountains as seen from Burn Banks near the Foot of Hawes Water, and Mountains as seen near Strands in Wastdale at the First bridge on the Road to Wast Water, by J Flintoft, Keswick, Cumberland, engraved by R Mason, Edinburgh, Lothian, about 1846.
... 4 Great Gable ...

placename:- Great Gable
date:- 1844
period:- 19th century, early

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button to large Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- From east summit of Grey Knotts. -- 22.9.2006
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button to large Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- From about Brandreth. -- 22.9.2006
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button to large Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Great Gable and Green Gable infront. -- 26.2.2007
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button to large Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Great Gable and Kirk Fell, from Pillar. -- 25.6.2009
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button to large Great Gable -- Nether Wasdale and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Outline view from Stybarrow Dodd; Bowfell, Esk Pike, Scafell, Lingmell, Great Gable. -- 17.3.2008
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hearsay An area of Great Gable was bought by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club, 1923; presented to the nation as a war memorial after World War I. A bronze tablet on the summit commemorates this, unveiled Whit Sunday, 1924.

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