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placename:- Windermere Ferry
site name:- Windermere lake
parish Windermere parish, once in Westmorland
parish Claife parish, once in Lancashire
county:- Cumbria
ferry
coordinates:- SD39109569, SD39579581
10Km square:- SD39
place code:- WnFr

1Km square SD3995

photograph

Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- 16.9.2005 -- The ferry, west side, loading.
photograph

Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- ... leaving ... -- 16.9.2005

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 32 15)

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.
Ferry
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old map:- OS County Series (Lan 5 7)

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.
Steam Ferry
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Heaton Cooper 1905 (edn 1908)

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Print, colour halftone, The Old Ferry, Windermere, from Ferry Nab, Windermere, Westmorland, from a watercolour painting by Alfred Heaton Cooper, published by Adam and Charles Black, London, 2nd edn 1908.
Opposite p.20 of The English Lakes, painted by Alfred Heaton Cooper, described by William T Palmer.
printed at tissue opposite the print:-
THE OLD FERRY, WINDERMERE
printed at signed lower left:-
[A HEATON COOPER]
date:- 1905
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Windermere ferry approaching Ferry Nab, Windermere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
The ferry ticket booth on the left?
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Ferry Nab, Windermere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
The ticket booth for the ferry on the left?
internegative at lower right:-
H. Bell
stamped at reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Windermere Ferry seen from Ferry Nab, Windermere, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower right:-
H. Bell
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, sepia, Windermere Ferry, Windermere lake, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower right:-
H. Bell
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, b/w, the ferry, Windermere lake, Westmorland and Lancashire, from Furness Fell, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s?
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, Windermere Ferry, lake Windermere, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s?
Of the two coaches, one is going to Coniston.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old map:- Prior 1874 map 1

Map, Winander Mere, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1874.
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Ferry
dotted line across lake; ferry

placename:- Ferry
date:- 1874
period:- 19th century, late; 1870s

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 32:-
...
... the heavy, roomy ferry-boat is ready: the horse is taken out of the car; and both are shipped. Two or three, or half-a-dozen people take advantage of the passage: the rowers, with their ponderous oars, are on the bench; and the great machine is presently afloat. The Ferry House looks more tempting than ever when seen from under its own sycamores,- jutting out as it does between quiet bays on either hand. The landing takes place on the opposite promontory: the horse is put to, and the traveller is presently at his inn. ...
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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Ferry
dotted line across lake
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

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 3:-
... A strait, near the middle of the lake [Windermere], has a public ferry-boat, on the way between Kendal and Hawkshead.
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Page 97:-
From Coniston, those who feel no hesitation in crossing the Ferry on Windermere, may proceed through Hawkshead, by the side of Esthwaite Water, to the Ferry; and after taking a view of Windermere, from Mr. Curwen's Station-house, cross the water to Bowness, distant from Coniston Water-head 9 miles. Those who object to crossing the water, may either proceed from Coniston to Ambleside direct, 8 miles; or from the Ferry, by the western banks of the lake to Ambleside, distant from Coniston by this route 14 miles.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old print:- Fielding and Walton 1821 (plate 9)

Set of prints, Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, illustrated with hand coloured aquatints by Theodore Henry Fielding and John Walton, published by R Ackermann, 101 Strand, London, 1821.
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Print, coloured aquatint, Ferry on Windermere, Westmorland, drawn by John Walton, published by R Ackermann, 101 Strand, London, 1821.
Tipped in opposite p.36 in A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes.
date:- 1821
period:- 19th century, early

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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ferry

road book:- Cary 1798 (2nd edn 1802)

Road book, Cary's New Itinerary, by John Cary, published by G and J Cary, 86 St James's Street, London, 1798-1828.
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page 319-320
Ferry over Winander Mere
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

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 155:-
...
About the year 1634, there were 47 persons drowned in this lake in passing the ferry, coming homewards from Hawkshead market on a storm arising.
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 143:-
As I am aware of the curiosity which most persons have to know any small particulars of the life of an eminent man, I shall here insert a genuine anecdote of Mr Gray. This gentleman, who was no less remarkable for his timidity than his poetry, went (by land) to Bowness: Here he was told, that the best point of view was on the opposite shore, a little above Nab-Gate, (see plate X.) Curiosity and a love for natural beauty, were strong incitements on the one hand; but the reflection that there was no convenient way of attaining his desire, unless by crossing the Lake in a boat, was a reason almost equally strong for staying where he was. Being told, however, that not only horses and carriages frequently were ferried over there, but that the common carriers from Kendale to Hawkshead used that conveyance, he ventured to set forward blindfolded. He was accordingly landed near Nab-Gate, had viewed the landscape, and taken out his mirror in order to view it in miniature, when he saw the boat returning for more passengers; then asking his guide if any persons had ever been lost in crossing the ferry? the guide told him, that about the year 1634, forty-seven passengers were lost, owing to their own imprudence, by oversetting the boat as they were returning from Hawkshead fair.
This at once determined Mr Gray not to embark a second time, and he accordingly began to look about for some road to take him to Bowness by land; lifting up his eyes, he saw impending precipices on every side, (except the Lake,) a sight as alarming to him as a second voyage; he was so agitated at the prosect, that he trembled for fear, and had just command enough of himself to say to his guide, "Get me to Bowness any way;" nor did he utter another word, or ever look up, till he arrived there. ...
person:- : Gray, Thomas
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Windermere S)

Map series, lakes and roads to the Lakes, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, London, included in A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, published by James Clarke, Penrith, and in London etc, from 1787 to 1793.
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Ferry
Piers are shown at each end.
ferry
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Windermere N)

Map series, lakes and roads to the Lakes, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, London, included in A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, published by James Clarke, Penrith, and in London etc, from 1787 to 1793.
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FERRY
Labelled across the lake, with landing stages at each end.
ferry
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
The ferry across Windermere is not marked or labelled, but is implied by the layout of roads.
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ferry
county:- Westmorland

old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Win/Ble)

Series of maps, An Accurate Map of the Matchless Lake of Derwent, of the Grand Lake of Windermere, of the Beautiful Lake of Ullswater, of Broadwater or Bassenthwaite Lake, of Coniston Lake, of Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater Lakes, and Pocklington's Island, by Peter Crosthwaite, Kendal, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1783 to 1794.
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The Ferry
labelled across the lake

placename:- Ferry, The
date:- 1783=1794
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s; 1790s

old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd)

Map, The County of Westmoreland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed by J Ainslie and perhaps T Donald, engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
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Ferry
no symbol, between two headlands
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

descriptive text:- Fiennes 1698

Travel book, manuscript record of Journeys through England including parts of the Lake District, by Celia Fiennes, 1698.
... they [Furness Fells] have some parts of them that has wayes that they can by degrees in a compass ascend them and so they go onward in the countrys; they [local people] are ferried over the Lake when they go to market; ...
date:- 1698
period:- 17th century, late
period:- 1690s

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? Windermere Ferry Inn, as it was in Wordsworth's Time, from a watercolour by Arthur Tucker from an old print, published by Chatto and Windus, London, 1911.
Tipped in opposite p.84 of Wordsworthshire by Eric Robertson.
printed at bottom:-
WINDERMERE FERRY INN, AS IT WAS IN WORDSWORTH'S TIME / (From an old picture)
date:- 1911
period:- 1910s

old print:- Pearson 1900s

Guide book, Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
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Print, halftone photograph, Scene on Windermere, Westmorland, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.77 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
SCENE ON WINDERMERE.
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:- Pearson 1900s

Guide book, Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
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Print, halftone photograph, The Ferry, Windermere, Westmorland, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.73 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
THE FERRY WINDERMERE. (p.89).

placename:- Ferry, The
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:- Matthew 1866

Guide book, The English Lakes, Peaks and Passes, from Kendal to Keswick, by George King Matthew, published by J Richardson, Highgate, Kendal, Westmorland, 1866.
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Print, engraving, Ferry Vale and Hotel, Windermere, Westmorland and Cumberland, drawn by R Howe, engraved by J Saddler, published by J Richardson, Highgate, Kendal, Westmorland, 1866.
Tipped in opposite p.19 of The English Lakes, Peaks and Passes, from Kendal to Keswick, by George King Matthew.
printed at lower left, right, centre:-
R. Howe. / J. Saddler. / Published by J. Richardson, Kendal. / Ferry Vale and Hotel, Windermere.
date:- 1866
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Garnett 1850s-60s F

Set of prints, engravings, Views of the English Lakes or Views in the English Lake District, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s?
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Print, uncoloured engraving, The Ferry, Windermere, Westmorland, drawn and engraved by William Banks and Son, Edinburgh, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s?
Found with Views of the English Lakes.
printed at bottom:-
Drawn & Engd. by W. Banks & Son, Edinr. / THE FERRY, WINDERMERE.
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Rose 1832-35 (vol.1 no.10)

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, Windermere Lake, from the Ferry House, Claife, Cumberland drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by W Taylor, published by Fisher, Son and Co, London, 1832-35.
vol.1 pl.10 in the set of prints, Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated. Two horses are being led off the ferry.
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-
T. Allom. / W. Taylor. / WINDERMERE LAKE, FROM THE FERRY HOUSE. / FISHER, SON & CO. LONDON, 1832.
date:- 1832=1835
period:- 19th century, early

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Windermere, from the Bowness Ferry, Westmorland, published late 19th century?
On page 65 of The Land We Live In. The ferry carrying a cart and horses has just set out from the Bowness side.
printed at bottom:-
1.- WINDERMERE, FROM THE BOWNESS FERRY.

placename:- Bowness Ferry
date:- 1860=1879
period:- 19th century, late

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- ... left. Notice the wire cable, guide, etc. -- 16.9.2005
tiny photograph, 
button to large Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- 12.5.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- 20.9.2013

photographs
Crossing from E to W.
tiny photograph, 
button to large Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- 20.9.2013
tiny photograph, 
button to large Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- 20.9.2013

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Windermere Ferry (?) -- Windermere lake -- Windermere and Claife -- Cumbria / -- 1905 -- 20.9.2013

story On a stormy night a ghostly voice would call 'Boat' from the western shore. One boatman answered this call, setting out from the Westmorland shore. Half an hour later he returned; his boat full of water, himself white faced and speechless. He died without telling his tale. The priest of St Mary's Holm laid the ghost with bell, book and candle, in the rocks of the Cunsey shore.

hearsay 19 October 1635 the ferry boat sank, carrying a wedding party from Hawkshead church, and all were drowned.

hearsay For about 500 years there was a rowing boat ferry here; from 1860 there was a steamer; from 1970 diesel power.
There is/was an old wooden ferry boat sunk in the lake off Belle Isle; built 1799, withdrawn 1860; 24 feet long, two 18 foot sweep oars, could carry one horse and cart; at NY392964.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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