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placename:- Honister Pass
other name:- Honister Hause
parish Buttermere parish, once in Cumberland
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
pass
Altitude 1178 feet; 359m
coordinates:- NY22341369
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2213

photograph

Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Down from just below the slate mine. -- 24.4.2006
photograph

Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Down from below the slate mine. -- 24.4.2006

old print:- Heaton Cooper 1905 (edn 1908)

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Print, colour halftone, Honister Pass and Buttermere, Buttermere, Cumberland, from a watercolour painting by Alfred Heaton Cooper, published by Adam and Charles Black, London, 2nd edn 1908.
Opposite p.128 of The English Lakes, painted by Alfred Heaton Cooper, described by William T Palmer.
printed at tissue opposite the print:-
HONISTER PASS AND BUTTERMERE

placename:- Honister Pass
date:- 1905
period:- 1900s

old print:- Bradley 1901

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Print, uncoloured lithograph, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Cumberland, by Joseph Pennell, published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1901.
On page 130 of Highways and Byways in the Lake District, by A G Bradley.
printed at bottom:-
Honister Pass.

placename:- Honister Pass
date:- 1901
period:- 1900s

source:- Philip/Wilson 1890s

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HONISTER CRAG AND PASS.
date:- 1895
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Honister Pass and Honister Crag, Buttermere, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower left:-
H. Bell
stamped at reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
stamped on reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower left:-
[H.] Bell
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

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 133:-
... From Gatesgarth begins one of the wildest bits of road in the district. It climbs Buttermere Vale, by an ascent at first gradual, and latterly extremely steep, to the base of Honister Crag. It is a vast stony valley, where sheep and their folds, and a quarryman's hut here and there, are the only signs of civilization. There are no bridges over the stream (the infant Cocker), which must be crossed many times; and where there are no stepping-stones, the pedestrian must wade. Every body walks up the last reaches of the ascent,- so steep and stony is the narrow road, and so formidable its unfenced state. The dark, stupendous, almost perpendicular, Honister Crag frowns above; and as the traveller, already at a considerable height, looks up at the quarrymen in the slate quarries near the summit, it almost takes his breath away to see them hanging like summer spiders quivering H from the eaves of a house.
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

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:-
PASSES.
: : Height above the Level of the Sea
Borrowdale Hawes, to Buttermere : Cumberland : 1100

placename:- Borrowdale Hawes
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

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.
Page 88:-
... The top of this road, which is not passable for carriages, is eight hundred and eighty feet above the Derwent.
On the right is Yew Crag Quarry: on the left that stupendous precipice, Honistar Crag, ...
Page 169:-
... here [Seatoller] begins the ascent of Borrodale Hawse, and the road is so narrow, rugged, and steep, that cars pass with great difficulty. After reaching the summit, Honister Crag on the left, and Yew Crag on the right, come in view. Honister Crag is 1500 feet in height. Passing down a very rugged path, which crosses the water several times, it leads through a desolate valley to the hamlet of Gatesgarth, and the vale of Buttermere.

placename:- Borrowdale Hause
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

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.
image OT01P125, button   goto source.
... In passing the hause, (which rises 800 feet above the level of Derwent Lake,) Honister Crag in majestic grandeur is presented to the view;
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Page 126:-
between which and Yew Crag, the road now sharply descends. ... the edges of the road are beautifully tufted with Alchemilla alpina.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old print:- Pearson 1900s

Guide book, Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
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Print, halftone photograph, The Descent of Honister Hause, Buttermere, Cumberland, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.179 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
THE DESCENT OF HONISTER HAUSE. (p.178).

placename:- Honister Hause
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:- Gresham Publishing 1900s

Book, Our Beautiful Homeland, volume including The English Lakes, by George Benson, A G Bradley, and R Murray Gilchrist, illustrated by Ernest W Haslehurst, published by The Gresham Publishing Co, 66 Chandos Street, London, 1900s?
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Print, colour halftone, Honister Pass - Dawn, Cumberland, by Ernest W Haslehurst, published by The Gresham Publishing Co, 66 Chandos Street, London, 1900s?
Tipped in opposite p.44 of The English Lakes section of a volume of Our Beautiful Homeland.
printed at bottom:-
HONISTER PASS - DAWN
printed at lower left:-
E. W. HASLEHURST

placename:- Honister Pass
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:- Payn 1860s-70s

Guide book, England's Lakeland, a Tour Therein, by James Payn, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Simpkin, Marshall and Co, London, 1860s-70s?
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Print, colour printed, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Cumberland, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Simpkin, Marshall and Co, London, 1860s-70s?
Tipped in opposite p.62 of England's Lakeland, a Tour Therein, by James Payn.
printed at bottom:-
HONISTER PASS.

placename:- Honister Pass
date:- 1860=1879
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Heywood 1906

Guide to Keswick and its Vicinity, in the Penny Guide Books series, published by Abel Heywood and Son, 56-58 Oldham Street, Manchester, and by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co, Ave Maria Lane, Paternoster Row, London, 1906.
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Print, halftone, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Cumberland, from a photograph by H Bell, Ambleside, published by Abel Heywood and Son, 56-58 Oldham Street, Manchester, and by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co, Ave Maria Lane, Paternoster Row, London, 1906.
In a Guide to Keswick and its Vicinity in the Penny Guide Books series.
printed at bottom:-
Photo by / HONISTER PASS. / H. Bell, Ambleside.

placename:- Honister Pass
date:- 1906
period:- 1900s

old print:- Rose 1832-35

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
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Honister Crag, Cumberland
Drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by W Floyd, 1833.
date:- 1833
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old print:- Farington 1816 (plate 27)

Set of prints, 43 engravings, The Lakes of Lancashire, Westmorland, and Cumberland, drawings by Jospeph Farington, with text by Thomas Hartwell Horne, published by T Cadell, and W Davies, Strand, and by J M'Creery, Black Horse Court, Fleet Street, London, 1816.
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Honister Crag, drawn by Joseph Farington, engraved by Samuel Middiman, published by T Cadell and W Davies, Strand, London, 1815.
Plate 27 in The Lakes of Lancashire, Westmorland, and Cumberland.
printed at bottom, left, right, centre:-
Drawn by J. Farington R.A. / Engraved by S. Middiman. / Honister Crag. / London Published Septr. 15, 1815, by T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand.
date:- 1815
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Bogg 1898

Book, Lakeland and Ribblesdale, OR A Thousand Miles of Wandering along the Roman Wall, the Old Border Region, Lakeland, and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg, publishd by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
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Print, engraving, Honister Pass, Buttermere, Cumberland, by Owen Bowen, published by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
Included on p.199 of Lakeland and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg.

placename:- Honister Pass
date:-
period:- 19th century, late

old print:-
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Print, colour halftone, Honister Pass, Dawn, painted by E W Haslehust, published early 20th century.
painted at lower left:-
E. W. HASLEHUST.
printed at bottom centre:-
HONISTER PASS - DAWN / (See page 45)

placename:- Honister Pass
date:- 1920=1939
period:- 1920s

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Honister Crag and Pass, Cumberland, drawn by W H J Bool, engraved by Whymper, published 1920s-30s?
On page 232 of Picturesque Europe, The Lake Country. Thunder and lightning, and a shepherd sitting out the storm.
printed at lower left, right:-
WHJBool / WHYMPER Sc
printed at bottom:-
HONISTER CRAG AND PASS.

placename:- Honister Pass
person:- shepherd
date:- 1920=1939
period:- 1920s

old print:-
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Print, chromolithograph, Honister Crag, Cumberland, published by T Nelson and Sons, London, 1900s?
From a set of prints, The Scenery of the English Lakes
printed at lower right:-
T. NELSON & SONS
printed at bottom left:-
HONISTER CRAG
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Looking down to Gatesgarth. -- 6.9.2013
tiny photograph, 
button to large Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Looking up Honister Pass from the Buttermere side. -- NY21221479 (SE) -- 10.6.2005
tiny photograph, 
button to large Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Down from the slate mine. -- 7.11.2005
tiny photograph, 
button to large Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 3.5.2011
tiny photograph, 
button to large Honister Pass -- Buttermere and Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 3.5.2011

hearsay A border clan of reivers, the Graemes, stole sheep and cattle from Buttermere and were escaping through the pass. A band of local men attacked them, killing the chief's son. He is said to have been buried on Honister Crag, the grave marked by his bonnet, claymore and targe.

hearsay Before 1935 the road over the pass was unsurfaced. Beatrix Potter thought
... could be used as a cure for the colic ...

button   After-notion, Yew Crag
button   Alexas, Buckstone Hows
button   Asp, Buckstone Hows
button   Birthday Wall, Buckstone Hows
button   Black Star, Honister Crag
button   Brutus, Buckstone Hows
button   Buckstone Girdle, Buckstone Hows
button   Buckstone Hows, Buttermere
button   Caesar, Buckstone Hows
button   Carrion, Yew Crag
button   Catalyst, Buckstone Hows
button   Charter Chimney, Yew Crag
button   Chimney Buttress, Yew Crag Knotts
button   Cleft vRib, Buckstone Hows
button   Cleopatra, Buckstone Hows
button   Comet, Honister Crag
button   Crooked Man, Buckstone Hows
button   Cumbrians' Climb, Buckstone Hows
button   Encroacher, Buckstone Hows
button   Exudation, Yew Crag
button   Flake and Crack, Yew Crag
button   Garden Wall, Yew Crag Knotts
button   Girdle Traverse, Honister Crag
button   Groove One, Buckstone Hows
button   Groove Two, Buckstone Hows
button   Hearth, Yew Crag Knotts
button   Holly Tree Grooves, Yew Crag
button   Honister Try Level, Buttermere
button   Honister Wall, Buckstone Hows
button   Intimidator, Honister Crag
button   Maiden Stone, Buttermere
button   Mark of Zorro, Yew Crag Knotts
button   Milligram Route, Yew Crag Knotts
button   Seraph, Honister Crag
button   sheepfold, Buttermere (3)
button   Sidewinder, Buckstone Hows
button   Sinister Grooves, Buckstone Hows
button   Straw Dog, Honister Crag
button   Tarnished Blad, Yew Crag
button   Yew Crag Knotts, Buttermere
button   Yew Crag, Buttermere

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