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locality:- Bank Ground
parish Coniston parish, once in Lancashire
county:- Cumbria
viewpoint; station
coordinates:- SD318971
10Km square:- SD39

1Km square SD3197

source:- Martineau 1855 -- probably relevant

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 27:-
... There are many picturesque dwellings in the area which is between the heights and the lake: but the best view of these is from the point to which the stranger will proceed, after his lunch or early dinner. He must order his car to meet him in an hour at the junction of the two lake roads, on the Hawkshead road; and then he must walk a mile to the Waterhead, and then on, round the head of the lake, in the direction
Page 28:-
of Tent Lodge, ... The first station is, however, from a field,- the first beyond the new house on Coniston Bank. Some people think this the finest view in the whole district: and truly, the frequent visitor pronounces it incomparable, every time he comes; and the passing tourist feels that, once seen, it can never be forgotten. Nowhere else, perhaps, is the grouping of the mountain peaks, and the indication of their recesses so striking; and as to the foreground, with its glittering waterfall, its green undulations, its diversified woods, its bright dwellings, and its clear lake,- it conveys the strongest impression of joyful charm,- of fertility, prosperity and comfort, nestling in the bosom of the rarest beauty.
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old print:- 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.
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Print, engraving, outline view of mountains, Coniston Water from near Bank Ground, drawn by Mr Binns, Halifax, engraved by Mr Jewitt, Headington, Oxfordshire, published by Jonathan Otley, Keswick, Cumberland et al, 1849.
Opposite p.8 of A Descriptive Guide of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, 8th edition, 1849.
printed at bottom:-
CONISTON WATER: - / FROM NEAR BANK GROUND.
printed at top:-
Walney Scar / Brown Pike / Old Man / Buckbarrow / Carrs / Wetherlam / Great Oukrigg / Prism / Tilberthwaite Fell / Yewdale Crags / Yewdale / Raven Crag / Holm Fell / Oxen Fell
printed at bottom:-
Church. Tent Lodge. Waterhead.
Looking NW; 100 degree view, WbyS to N.
coordinates:- SD318971
date:- 1849
period:- 19th century, early

photographs
A panorama was taken from the roadside just north of Brantwood, as this seems to be the most accessible match to one of Jonathan Otley's outline views.
tiny photograph, 
button to large station, Bank Ground -- Bank Ground -- Coniston -- Cumbria / -- SD31239586 (SW to NW) -- 13.8.2010

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