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placename:- Sprinkling Tarn
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
coordinates:- NY228091
10Km square:- NY20

1Km square NY2209


Sprinkling Tarn -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- and Great Gable. -- 26.2.2007

Sprinkling Tarn -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 14.9.2009

old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 75 9)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

placename:- Sprinkling Tarn
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Sprinkling Tarn and Great Gable from Esk Hause, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower left:-
H. Bell
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

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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Sprinkling Tarn
outline with shore form lines, lake or tarn

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

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 70:-
... [Stye Head etc] ... The tarn under Great End Crag is a fine subject for the pencil. ... Sprinkling Tarn, noted by all anglers for its trout. ...

placename:- Sprinkling Tarn
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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Page 37:-
... Sprinkling Tarn, of irregular shape, reposes under Great End Crag: it abounds with excellent trout; but they are too well fed, or too wary, to be easily tempted by the bait of the angler. ...
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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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.
Page 8:-
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Page 9:-
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 Gauge ... [at] Sparkling Tarn is about 600 feet above the top of Stye Head Pass, ...

placename:- Sparkling Tarn
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:-
signed at lower right:-

placename:- Sprinkling Tarn
date:- 1922
period:- 1920s

tiny photograph, 
button to large Sprinkling Tarn -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 26.2.2007

hearsay Rainfall of more than 200 inches in a year has been recorded here.

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