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placename:- St Bees Head
parish St Bees parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
headland; geological site
coordinates:- NX940143
10Km square:- NX91

1Km square NX9414

photograph

St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- 16.11.2012
photograph

St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Sea and rocks; bedding and jointing. -- 29.8.2008

old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 67 13)

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:- St Bees Head
headland
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

text:- Mason 1907 (edn 1930)

Page 25:-
...
A little south of Whitehaven is the red headland of St. Bees, the finest on the coast, where the cliffs are washed by the stormy sea, which has strewn the beach with huge rock boulders. ...
date:- 1907
period:- 1900s

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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St. Bees Head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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St. Bees Head
Headland.

placename:- St Bees Head
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

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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headland

old map:- Cooke 1802

Maps, Westmoreland, Cumberland, etc, now Cumbria, by George Alexander Cooke, London, 1802-10; published 1802-24.
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St. Bees Heads
headland

placename:- St Bees Heads
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old text:- Camden 1789

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 169:-
...
The shore now advancing gradually to the west forms a little point, commonly called St. Bees for St. Bega's. This Bega was a devout and holy virgin of Ireland, who passed her life in solitude here, and to whose piety many miracles are ascribed, as taming a wild bull, and by her prayers covering with a great depth of snow the vallies and hill tops in the middle of summer. ...
person:- : St Bega
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Camden 1789 (Gough Additions)

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 180:-
...
The great cliff called Bamhead or Bees head abounds with plenty of sea fowl.

placename:- Bamhead
other name:- Bees Head
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Mackenzie 1776

Charts, and sailing directions, Nautical Descriptions of the West Coast of Great Britain, Bristol Channel to Cape Wrath, by Murdoch Mackenzie, published London, 1776.
Page 18:-
... ...
A Description of the Tides, Rocks, Shoals, Channels, Anchoring-places, and Harbours, between PIEL-OF-FOUDRAY and St BEE's HEAD.
CHART XI.
TIDES / Tides between PIEL-OF-FOUDRAY and St. BEE's HEAD.
Time of High-water. / Between Piel-of-Foudray, and St. Bee's Head in Cumberland, it is high-water on the shore at eleven, on full and change days.
Rise of the Tides. / Spring-tide rises twenty feet perpendicular; neap-tide six or seven.
...
Page 23:-
... ...
... There is a light kept on St. Bee's Head to shew vessels into Solway Firth at night: ...

placename:- St Bee's Head
date:- 1776
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

old map:- Bowen and Kitchin 1760

New Map of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, Emanuel Bowen and Thomas Kitchin, published by T Bowles, John Bowles and Son, Robert Sayer, and John Tinney, 1760; published 1760-87.
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St. Bees Head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
date:- 1760
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s

old map:- Badeslade 1742

A Map of Westmorland North from London, scale about 10 miles to 1 inch, and descriptive text, Cumberland similarly, by Thomas Badeslade, London, engraved and published by William Henry Toms, Union Court, Holborn, London, 1742.
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St. Bees head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1742
period:- 18th century, early

descriptive text:- Defoe 1724-26

Travel book, Tour through England and Wales, by Daniel Defoe, published in parts, London, 1724-26.
The cape or head land of St. Bees, still preserves its name; as for the lady, like that of St. Tabbs beyond Berwick, the story is become fabulous, viz. about her procuring, by her prayers, a deep snow on Midsummer Day, her taming a wild bull that did great damage in the country; these, and the like tales, I leave where I found them, (viz.) among the rubbish of the old women and the Romish priests.

person:- : St Bees
date:- 1724=1726
period:- 18th century, early; 1720s

old map:- Morden 1695 (EW)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
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St. Bees head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
date:- 1695
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Morden 1695 (Cmd)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
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St. Bees Head
Headland.

placename:- St Bees Head
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1695
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Seller 1694 (Cmd)

Map, Westmorland, now Cumbria, scale about 8 miles to 1 inch, by John Seller, 1694; editions to 1787.
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St. Bees head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1694
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Jansson 1646

Map, Cumbria et Westmoria, or Cumberland and Westmorland, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, by John Jansson, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1646; published 1646-1724.
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S. Bees head
Labelling the headland.

placename:- St Bees Head
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1646
period:- 17th century, early; 1640s

old map:- Speed 1611 (Cmd)

Maps, The Countie Westmorland and Kendale the Cheif Towne, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland and the Ancient Citie Carlile, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by John Speed, London, 1611; published 1611-1770.
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St. Bees head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
date:- 1611
period:- 17th century, early; 1610s

old map:- Saxton 1579

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Sct: bees head
Headland.

placename:- St Bees Head
county:- Cumberlandia
headland
date:- 1576
period:- 16th century, late; 1570s

old map:- Cooper 1808

Map, Westmoreland ie Westmorland, scale about 9 miles to 1 inch, by H Cooper, 1808, published by G and W B Whittaker, 13 Ave Maria Lane, London, 1824.
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St. Bees Head
headland

placename:- St Bees Head
locality:- Allerdale above Derwent Ward
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1808
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old map:- Hydrographic Office 1850s onwards

coast view on Admiralty chart
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St. Bees Head from the Southward (Rec Sand-stone)

placename:- St Bees Head
date:- 1858
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old print:- Robertson 1911

Wordsworthshire, by Eric Robertson, Windermere, Westmorland, illustrated by Arthur Tucker, published by Chatto and Windus, London, 1911.
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Print, lithograph? Whitehaven Pier and St Bees Head, from Moresby, from a watercolour by Arthur Tucker, published by Chatto and Windus, London, 1911.
Tipped in opposite p.36 of Wordsworthshire by Eric Robertson.
printed at bottom:-
WHITEHAVEN PIER AND ST. BEE'S HEAD, FROM MORESBY
signed at painting lower left:-
Arthur Tucker

placename:- St Bees Head
date:- 1911
period:- 1910s

old drawing:- Smith 1746 B

Survey of the Coast of Cumberland, by George Smith, 1746
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Drawing, pencil and ink, A View of Bees Head, in a Survey of the Coast of Cumberland, by George Smith, 1746.
ms at bottom:-
A View of Bees-head, from the rocks above White-haven.

placename:- Bees Head
date:- 1746
period:- 18th century, early

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Whitehaven, Cumberland, drawn by W H Bartlett, engraved by J C Redaway, published 1840s.
Probably from Findens Views of the Ports, Harbours, Coast Scenery, and Watering Places of Great Britain, as continued by W H Bartlett.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
W. H. Bartlett. / J. C. Redaway. / WHITEHAVEN, / (with St. Bees-head.)

placename:- St Bees Head
person:- shepherd
date:- 1840=1849
period:- 19th century, early

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Sea and rocks. -- 29.8.2008
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button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Cormorant and young, Phalacrocorax carbo. -- 29.8.2008

photographs
A few of the flowers seen on a walk round the headland, 29 August 2008; in the mist.
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Orpine, Sedum telephium. -- 29.8.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Creeping thistle, Cirsium arvense. -- 29.8.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Lady's bedstraw, Galium verum. -- 29.8.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Sheep's bit, Jasione montana. -- 29.8.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Devil's bit scabious, Succisa pratensis. -- 29.8.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Bees Head -- St Bees -- Cumbria / -- Blood red geranium, Geranium sanguineum. -- 29.8.2008

hearsay The beacons of west Cumberland were on: Black Combe, Boothill, Moota Hill, Muncaster Fell, Skiddaw, St Bees Head, and Workington Hill. (Questionable information.)

button   Birkham's Quarry, St Bees Head
button   Fleswick Bay, St Bees
button   geology, St Bees Head
button   Hannah Moor, St Bees
button   North Head, St Bees
button   South Head, St Bees
button   St Bees Lighthouse, St Bees Head
button   stone wall, St Bees Head
button   Tarnflat Hall, St Bees
button   trig point, NX9413814381

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