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placename:- Tarns, The
locality:- Tarn Hows
parish Coniston parish, once in Lancashire
parish Hawkshead parish, once in Lancashire
county:- Cumbria
lake
coordinates:- SD330999
10Km square:- SD39

1Km square SD3399

photograph

Tarns, The -- Tarn Hows -- Coniston and Hawkshead -- Cumbria / -- 15.11.2011

old map:- OS County Series (Lan 2)

These are now all part of The Tarns at Tarn Hows.
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.
Three tarns are shown:-
High Tarn
Middle Tarn
Low Tarn

other name:- High Tarn
other name:- Middle Tarn
other name:- Low Tarn
date:- 1847=1851
period:- 19th century, late; 1840s; 1850s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, The Tarns, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Hawkshead, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
stamped at reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, sepia, The Tarns, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Hawkshead, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, sepia, The Tarns, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Hawkshead, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, sepia, Tarns at Tarn Hows, Coniston, Cumberland etc, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s?
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

thumbnail HB0908, button to large image
Photograph, black and white, The Tarns, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Hawkshead, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
stamped at reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

thumbnail HB0721, button to large image
Photograph, sepia, The Tarns, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Hawkshead, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

thumbnail HB0597, button to large image
Photograph, sepia, The Tarns, Tarn Hows, Coniston and Hawkshead, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

thumbnail HB0325, button to large image
Photograph, sepia, Tarns at Tarn Hows, Coniston, Cumberland etc, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s?
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

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.
image OT01P036, button   goto source.
Page 36:-
Two or three pools, between the hills on the north of Coniston Waterhead, are called simply the Tarns; ...
...
image OT01P158, button   goto source.
Page 158:-
The THIRD division - forming only inferior elevations - commences with a bed of dark-blue or blackish transition limestone, containing here and there a few shells and madrepores, and alternating with a slaty rock of the same colour; the different layers of each being in some places several feet, in others only a few inches in thickness. This limestone crosses the river Duddon near Broughton; passing Broughton Mills it runs in a north-east direction through Torver, by the foot of the Old Man mountain, and appears near Low Yewdale and Yew Tree. Here it makes a considerable slip to the eastward, after which it ranges past the Tarns upon the hills above Borwick Ground; and stretching through Skelwith, it crosses the head of Windermere near Low Wood Inn. Then passing above Dovenest and Skelgill, it traverses the vales of Troutbeck, Kentmere, and Long Sleddale;
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.
image OT02NY30, button   goto source.
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Two tarns are drawn.
lake

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, Tarn Hows, Coniston, Lancashire, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.96 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
TARN HOWS, CONISTON. (pp.94, 95.)

placename:- Tarn Hows
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, Tarn Hows, Coniston, Lancashire, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.104 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
TARN HOWS. (p.95).

placename:- Tarn Hows
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

hearsay The lakes were created as a designed landscape by the Marshall Family in the 1860s. The site was bought by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s, and is now owned by the National Trust.

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