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placename:- Wasdale Head Inn
locality:- Wasdale Head
locality:- Wasdale
parish Nether Wasdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
inn
coordinates:- NY18650874
10Km square:- NY10

1Km square NY1808

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Wasdale Head Inn -- Wasdale Head -- Wasdale -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Innsign. -- 11.5.2006
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Wasdale Head Inn -- Wasdale Head -- Wasdale -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- 11.5.2006

old advertisement:- Jenkinson 1875 B

Guide book, Jenkinson's Smaller Practical Guide to Carlisle, Gilsland, Roman Wall and Neighbourhood, by Henry Irwin Jenkinson, published by Edward Stanford, 55 Charing Cross, London, 1875 edn 1884?
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Advertisements for Daniel Tyson, Wastwater Hotel, Wasdale Head, Cumberland, ... published by Edward Stanford, 55 Charing Cross, London, 1875 edn 1884?
Adverts p.18 at the back of Jenkinson's Smaller Practical Guide to Carlisle, Gilsland, Roman Wall and Neighbourhood.

placename:- Wastwater Hotel
person:- innkeeper : Tyson, Daniel
date:- 1884
period:- 19th century, late; 1880s

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 119:-
... the stranger exclaims that he should like to spend a whole summer here, to explore all the ways among the mountains. Several gentlemen have spent weeks together at Ritson's farm-house, at the dale head, where there are clean beds, and farm-house fare in plenty and perfection. ...
person:- : Ritson, Mr
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old photograph:- Bogg 1898

Book, Lakeland and Ribblesdale, OR A Thousand Miles of Wandering along the Roman Wall, the Old Border Region, Lakeland, and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg, publishd by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
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Photograph, halftone print, Will Ritson, Wasdale Head Inn, Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, published by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
Included on p.205 of Lakeland and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg.
person:- innkeeper : Ritson, Will
date:-
period:- 19th century, late

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button to large Wasdale Head Inn -- Wasdale Head -- Wasdale -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Plaque by door:- -- 'MOUNTAIN RESCUE COMMITTEE / RESCUE POST' -- 11.5.2006

hearsay A plaque on the inn states that it was the home of Will Ritson 1808-90, who as landlord related many tall stories. He has a reputation as Cumberland's greatest liar. The Biggest Liar in the World Competition has been held here annually, from 1974, on the 3rd Thursday in November.
Will Ritson won his reputation with a story of crossing his hounds with eagles to produce faster beasts.
More recenetly Joss Naylor told of crossing Herdwick sheep with Kangaroos, the sheeparoo lambs were safe from foxes in their mother's pouch.

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