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placename:- Grotto, The
other name:- Grot, The
site name:- Low Fall
site name:- Rydal Hall
locality:- Rydal
parish Lakes parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
summer house; grotto
coordinates:- NY36640634
10Km square:- NY30

1Km square NY3606

photograph

Grotto, The -- Low Fall -- Rydal Hall -- Rydal -- Lakes -- Cumbria / -- From the Grot. -- 31.10.2008 -- courtesy of Rydal Hall
photograph

Grotto, The -- Low Fall -- Rydal Hall -- Rydal -- Lakes -- Cumbria / -- From the Grot. -- 31.10.2008 -- courtesy of Rydal Hall

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 40:-
...
... The Rydal Waterfalls are shown by a domestic [of Rydal Hall]; the stranger is introduced into a summer-house, from which he suddenly beholds the Lower Fall, forming an enchanting garden-scene. ...

placename:- Lower Fall
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

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.
image WS21P078, button   goto source.
Page 78:-
... At Rydal-hall are two cascades worthy of notice. ...
The other cascade is a smaller fall of water, seen through the window of the summer-house, in Sir Michael's orchard [1]. The first who brought this sweet scene to light, is the elegant and learned editor of Mr. Gray's letters. And as no one described these views
[1] No.13, of the views of the lakes, by Mr. Farrington.
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Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769
Page 212:-
By not staying a little at Ambleside, Mr. Gray lost the sight of two magnificent cascades: [Stockghyll Force and High Fall, Rydal] ... But his greatest loss was in not seeing a small water-fall, visible only through the window of a ruined summer-house in Sir Michael's orchard. ...
person:- : Fleming, Michael le, Sir
person:- : Mason, Mr
date:- 1769; 1778; 1797
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s; 1770s; 1790s

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Lower Fall, Rydal, Westmorland, engraved by M Jackson, published late 19th century?
On page 80 of The Land We Live In. Seen through a window of The Grot.
printed at lower right:-
JACKSON. SC.
printed at bottom:-
4.- THE LOWER FALL, RYDAL.

placename:- Grotto, The
date:- 1860=1879
period:- 19th century, late

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Grotto, The -- Low Fall -- Rydal Hall -- Rydal -- Lakes -- Cumbria / -- Sir Daniel Fleming's 'Grot' built to view the fall, 1668-69; now restored. -- 31.10.2008 -- courtesy of Rydal Hall

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Grotto, The -- Low Fall -- Rydal Hall -- Rydal -- Lakes -- Cumbria / -- Sketch about 1850; showing the original panelling done by Sir Daniel Fleming, 1660s?

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