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place:- station, Hardindale Knott
locality:- Hardindale Knott
parish Borrowdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
viewpoint; station
coordinates:- NY25631917
10Km square:- NY21

1Km square NY2519

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 83:-
I had like to have forgot a station for the artist, which is a rock at the water-head; I have not a name for it, but it lyes towards the south of, and near Hardendale-Knott: there is a very good view of the Lake; you see Vicar's Island over St Herbert's, the fort on Vicar's Island just on the right, and close to that, on the same side, Dr Brownrigg's white house at the skirts of Skiddow. Keswick is distinctly seen between St Herbert's and the beautiful wooded hills of Cockshot and Castley, Barrow and Wallow-Cragg on the right; the broken earth at Manesty-Nook, with Branley-Park and Fall-Park on the left: Crosthwaite Church makes its appearance distinct from the island and peninsulas, and the back ground is Skiddow, with Saddle-back just peeping on one side of it. The whole forms as grand a view as any that can be seen. Could I here describe the great advantage the landscape-painter would have on a clear sunny day, when now and then. a cloud intervening, spots a part of Skiddow or some other part of this extensive scene, the reader would have a better idea of its beauties.
The back view from this station is also a very good one; the village of Grainge for a fore ground, with several wooded hills close to it, out of which several white rocks just appear: Then comes Grainge-Cragg, a place high enough, with the black mountain over it called Great-end to close the left hand: the right is closed by an Alpine mountain called Gate-Cragg; and on the back several mountains, representing in form an artichoak, exhibiting different shades, as the sun or clouds may chance to fall upon them, are distinctly seen between Grainge-Cragg and Gate-Cragg.
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

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