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placename:- Watendlath
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
building/s
coordinates:- NY276163
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2716

photograph

Watendlath -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 23.9.2009
photograph

Watendlath -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- 22.5.2013

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, sepia, farmyard at Watendlath, Borrowdale, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, sepia, Watendlath in winter, 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 76:-
...
If the tourist desires, (as it is to be hoped that he does) to see one of the primitive valleys of the district,- one of those recesses lapped in the mountains, where the sounds of civilised life have hardly penetrated, let him now go to Watendlath (locally called Wathendal) and descend into Borrowdale by Rosthwaite. The circuit is one of 13 miles; and it must be accomplished on foot or horseback; for there is no carriage-road in the upper part. So few pass that way that the women afford a remarkable specimen of the effects of a life of excessive seclusion. The men go to markets and sales, and have more use of their tongues and wits accordingly. The road along the lake side is followed, till it gives out a branch before reaching Barrow House. Up this by-road the explorer goes, ... The upland valley runs parallel with the lower one; and in it lies the clear circular pool which feeds the fall of Lodore. ...
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

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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Watendlath
blocks, settlement

placename:- Watendlath
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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Watendlath

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

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 61:-
...
WATENDLATH.
The road pursues the eastern side of Derwent Water as far as Barrow Common, when it ascends the hill, having Barrow House on the right, Ashness Bridge crossing the stream which forms that cascade. There is a fine retrospective view of Derwent Water, with Skiddaw, Bassenthwaite, and the distant lands. The road then passes through a narrow valley, walled in on the right by steep precipices two or three hundred feet high; while the other side recedes upwards, so that its slopes admit of the plough. Through this defile flows the stream forming Lowdore, which on leaving the valley enters an abyss, rendered gloomy by beetling crags and shadowy trees. The hamlet is in a solitary valley three hundred yards above the surrounding vales: all the houses are richly coloured, and well combined with wood and back grounds. The bridge is worthy of notice, and crosses the stream at its outlet from the lake or tarn, which is large and circular, fringed with trees and guarded by rocky heights. The stream that enters it, flows from Blea Tarn, which is higher up, whence there is presented a most extensive mountain prospect. ...
Page 168:-
...
Watendlath is a narrow upland glen, through which runs a mountain stream issuing out of Blea Tarn, lying high up on the lonely fells. A hamlet, consisting of two or three houses, is sweetly reflected in the small tarn, the surplus water of which escapes under an extremely rude but picturesque bridge at its foot.

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

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (8th edn 1849)

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.
... Watendlath ...
In a footnote Jonathan Otley comments on spelling:-
A specimen of the diversity of local orthography:-
Watendlath - Donald, 1774.
Wattendleth - Clarke, 1789.
Watanleth - West, 1796.
Watenlath - Hist. Cumb. 1791. Wordsworth, Green, Parson and White, Gilpin, Housman.
Watendleth - Ware, 1808.
Watinlath - Alison, 1835. Wilkinson.

placename:- Watendlath
other name:- Wattendleth
other name:- Watanlath
other name:- Watenlath
other name:- Watendleth
other name:- Watinlath
date:- 1849
period:- 19th century, early; 1840s

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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Labelling the valley.

placename:- Watendlath
valley

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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Watenlath
circle, tower

placename:- Watenlath
date:- 1760
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s

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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Watenlath
Circle.

placename:- Watenlath
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1695
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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Watenlath
Buildings and tower.

placename:- Watenlath
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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Watenlath
circle, tower

placename:- Watenlath
date:- 1611
period:- 17th century, early; 1610s

old map:- Saxton 1579

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Building, symbol for a hamlet, which may or may not have a nucleus.
watenlath

placename:- Watenlath
county:- Cumberlandia
hamlet
date:- 1576
period:- 16th century, late; 1570s

old print:- Rose 1832-35 (vol.2 no.4)

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Watendlath, and the Stream of Lowdore, drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by J Sands, published by Fisher, Son and Co, London, 1833.
Vol.2 no.4 in Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated, with descriptions by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate, London, about 1835.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
T. Allom. / . Sands. / WATENDLATH, & THE STREAM OF LOWDORE. / FISHER, SON & CO. LONDON, 1833.

placename:- Watendlath
date:- 1833
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Rose 1832-35

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
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Watendlath and the Stream of Lowdore
Drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by J Sands, 1833.
date:- 1833
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

old print:- Barber and Atkinson 1927

Guide book, Lakeland Passes, by John B Barber and George Atkinson, published by James Atkinson, Caxton Printing Works, Ulverston, Lancashire, 3rd edn 1928.
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Print, halftone photograph, Watendlath, Borrowdale, Cumberland, by E H Atkinson, published by James Atkinson, Caxton Printing Works, Ulverston, Lancashire, 1928.
Tipped in opposite p.31 of Lakeland Passes, by John B Barber and George Atkinson, 1927, 3rd edn 1928.
printed at bottom:-
Photo E. H. Atkinson) Watendlath. (To face plage 31.

placename:- Watendlath
date:- 1927
period:- 1920s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Watendlath -- Borrowdale -- Cumbria / -- Herdwick sheep. -- 22.5.2013

hearsay Mally Messenger was born here, 1763. She had a dame school in Keswick:-
... an ancient sybil, bending her thin face and brown antique features and unspectacled eyes on the Sacred Book.

hearsay Once part of the lands belonging to Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire.

button   barn, Watendlath
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button   Caffle House, Watendlath
button   Fold Head Farm, Watendlath
button   ford, Borrowdale
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button   Goat Crags, Borrowdale
button   packhorse bridge, Watendlath
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button   sheepfold, Borrowdale (16)
button   sheepfold, Watendlath
button   Steps End Farm, Watendlath
button   Watendlath Tarn, Watendlath

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