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placename:- Lady's Rake
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
hill
Altitude 1233 feet
coordinates:- NY274212
10Km square:- NY22

1Km square NY2721

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 75:-
... When the young Lord Derwentwater was captured for being "out" in 1715, his lady escaped, and saved her liberty and the family jewels (to use them on behalf of her husband) by clambering up one of the clefts of Wallabarrow Crag, since called the Lady's Rake. ...
person:- : Derwentwater, Lord
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 69:-
...
... Opposite to Calf-Close-Reeds [Derwent Water], at about 300 yards distant from shore, look at a place called the Ladies Walk. (The watermen will shew it better than I can describe how to find it, as I could not well get it into the map.) The inhabitants and guides tell us, that it was so called from the Countess of Derwentwater, who made her escape up this dangerous way from Stable-Hills. I do not, however, believe the story; as I think it has been lately invented, like many more, which I shall therefore leave out: For the watermen and guides think they must tell the Tourist some extraordinary tale or other, and therefore endeavour to invent something that bears the face of probability.
The attendants at the inns too strive against each other who can tell the most stories, and give the best intelligence (as they call it;) this intelligence is generally little more than the suppositions of travellers, which these guides tell for truth. They pretend also to shew views, and tell you, that such and such person admired them, without the least foundation. But to return; if this lady was obliged to escape, was every other pass guarded? No way, after she left Stable-Hills, but up this stupendous mountain, amongst rocks where scarcely any animal can travel, and at the age of 60? I give no answer to this question, as it does not deserve any.

placename:- Ladies Walk
person:- guide
person:- boatman
person:- : Derwentwater, Countess of
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Gilpin 1786

Gilpin 1786

Guide book, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England, Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland Westmoreland, by Rev William Gilpin, 1772-74; published 1786-1808.
vol.1 p.186
...
Part of this mountain is known by the name of Lady's-rake, from a tradition, that a young lady of Derwentwater family, in the time of some public disturbance, escaped a pursuit
Guide book, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England, Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland Westmoreland, by Rev William Gilpin, 1772-74; published 1786-1808.
vol.1 p.187
by climbing a precipice, which had been thought inaccessible.- A romantic place seldom wants a romantic story to adorn it.

placename:- Lady's Rake
person:- : Derwentwater Family
date:- 1786
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Smith 1751

Map of the Black Lead Mines in Cumberland, and area, scale about 2 miles to 1 inch, by George Smith, published in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1751.
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Lady Craigs
knobbly hillocks; mountains

placename:- Lady Craigs
date:- 1751
period:- 18th century, late; 1750s

hearsay Lady Derwentwater is said to come this way with some of the family treasure, escaping from Lord's Island after the failure of the 1715 Rebellion.

hearsay A hoard of 34 silver coins, pennies dated 1272-1327 were found below the gully.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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