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placename:- Lodore Hotel
locality:- Lodore
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
inn
coordinates:- NY264188
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2618

photograph

Lodore Hotel -- Lodore -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 22.9.2006
photograph

Lodore Hotel -- Lodore -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 3.4.2006

source:- Philip/Wilson 1890s

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person:- innkeeper : Bownass, R
date:- 1895
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Lodore Hotel by Derwent Water, Borrowdale, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower right:-
H. Bell
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Derwent Water and Lodore, Borrowdale, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, 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, sepia, Lodore Hotel, Borrowdale, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
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 81:-
... the traveller begins to listen for the fall of Lodore, and he finds the inn at the distance of a mile from Grange. It is a delightful little inn, clean and well managed, and, by its situation, preferable to those at Keswick, except for the convenience of head-quarters. ...
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 166:-
...
Lowdore Inn.- Close to the inn, in the ravine betwixt Gowdar Crag and Shepherd's Crag, is the fall of Lowdore, ...

placename:- Lowdore Inn
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.
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... Lowdore,- famous for its waterfall. Here is a neat public-house, where a cannon is kept for the echo which is very fine, especially in a still evening.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

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 74:-
...
From the Floating-Island, let the boat proceed to Lodore, Low-door, or (as the inhabitants call it) Low-low-Door, a neat and commodious little inn; then let the travellers land, and order their boat to meet them at the foot of Manesty Park, or Hardendale Knott. (See plate VI.)
On the 28th of July 1785 I dined here; my fare was bacon and eggs, and I sat in a manner not much unlike the account Robinson Crusoe gives of his situation in his solitude. I was seated (according to the custom of the country) at the end of a long oaken table, with only those inseparable attendants of a country table, the cat and dog, who took their stations one on each side of me; puss on my left-hand, and the dog on my right. In these solitary parts of the country, domestic animals are treated with the greatest kindness; their actions, therefore, shew their conversation with mankind, and may be always interpreted: they cannot speak, but they can converse by signs. No sooner was I seated, than Puss jumped into the window, (which in all cottages is behind the table,) which window was very near me. She looked at me with a face of inquiry , which seemed to say, "Am I making too free?" I was too much engaged with my dinner to give her an answer, but did not drive her away: seeing herself not particularly noticed, she then came to my right-hand, not over the table, but under it; and putting her foot gently upon my knee, looked earnestly, but something timidly in my face: as I was still too much engaged in gratifying my own appetite, to mind her much, I gave her no encouragement, whereupon she walked round me, and planted herself again at my left-hand. The dog, who had observed all her motions, seemed to disapprove of them; and testified his disapprobation, not by snarling, but by his eyes, which were watchfully fixed, sometimes on me, sometimes on the cat. He spoke as plain as eyes could speak to Puss, "Be not too troublesome with your advances; we may with patience obtain our wishes, but too much importunity may get us turned out of doors."
This story may seem to the sage speculatist to bear a thousand morals; to me, who was merely in search of pleasure, it bore only one, which I heartily wish all other pleasure-hunters would take along with them when they set out:Attend carefully to the workings of Nature: search in them for pleasure; be they ever so minute, you can not be disappointed.
locality:- Lodore
locality:- Low Door
locality:- Low Low Door
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Der)

Map series, lakes and roads to the Lakes, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, London, included in A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, published by James Clarke, Penrith, and in London etc, from 1787 to 1793.
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LOW LOW DOOR
buildings

placename:- Low Low Door
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
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placename:- Lowdore
building/s
county:- Cumberland

old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Der)

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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Low Door Hotel / R. Stephenson's Esq.

placename:- Low Door Hotel
house
person:- : Stephenson, R
date:- 1783=1794
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s; 1790s

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

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Scott's Lodore Hotel, Derwentwater, published by J Scott, Lodore Hotel, Cumberland,
Viewed from the lake side. The reverse side has an advertisement for the hotel:-
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Under the Distinguished Patronage OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCE OF WALES AND PRINCE ARTHUR. / LODORE HOTEL, AT THE HEAD OF DERWENTWATER, KESWICK, IS THE ONLY HOTEL NEAR THE LAKE. / THE above First-Class Establishment was enlarged especially for an Hotel in 1870. It is situate on the Margin of the Lake, and is replete with every modern improvement, containing the Largest Coffee Room in the Lake District, magnificent Ladies' Coffee Room, Private Sitting Rooms, and Sixty Beds; Hot and Cold Baths, and every other accommodation required in a first-class Hotel. It is delightfully situated in its own Pleasure Grounds, which slope down to the margin of the Lake, and the windows command the grandest scenery in the district, embracing the whole of Derwentwater with its majestic mountains. The celebrated Falls of Lodore are in the Private Grounds at the rear of the Hotel. Parties not staying at the Hotel must have permission from the Proprietor to view the Falls and Grounds. / Fishing free, a third of Derwentwater Lake belonging to the Owner of this Hotel. Parties boarded by week or month. An Omnibus meets the Trains at the Keswick Railway Station, and also runs in connection with Rigg's Royal Mail Coaches from Windermere. Boats supplied direct, and Posting in all its branches. / PARTIES TAKEN TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS FREE OF CHARGE. / J. SCOTT, PROPRIETOR.
printed at bottom:-
Scott's Lodore Hotel, Derwentwater

placename:- Lodore Hotel
person:- innkeeper : Scott, J
date:- 1870=1879
period:- 19th century, late

hearsay A small cannon was once available to set off echoes from the surrounding hills; 4 shillings per bang.

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