Lancaster in the 19th Century

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A Genteel Family's Tour of Lancaster & the Lake District in 1827

Researched by Linda Moorhouse

125 pages of A4


I - Original Scheme of the Family Tour - Alteration in the Plan - Magnificent Preparations - Ormskirk - Preston - Arrival at Lancaster.
II - Lancaster - Salmon Fishery - The Town - The Castle - Splendid Prospect from the Castle - Crown Court - Jury - Counsel - Judge - Trial of Jane Scott, for Parricide.
IV - Lancaster - Nisi Prius Court - Prothonotary - Jurors - Attorneys - Mr. Baron Hullock - Mr. Parke - Mr. Alderson - Mr. Starkie - George in love.
V - Mr. Sergeant Cross - Mr. Pollock - Action for debt - Mr. Brougham - Awkward Mistake of Matilda, and Wrath of Mrs. Anabella - Horse Cause.
VI - Mersey and Irwell Cause - Great Preparations - Counsel - Legal Tournaments - Sir James Scarlett - Mr. Brougham - Trial of two days.
VII - From Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale - Parting View of the Bay of Morecambe - Aqueduct; Mr. Rennie - Vale of the Lune - Crook of Lune - Splendid prospect - Hornby Castle - Derivation of names - Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale - View from the Church-yard -
Underley Park - Sunset.
VIII - Description of the Alternative Route - Departure from Lancaster - Bay of Morecambe - Valley of the Ken - Complaint of Mrs. Anabella - George - Kendal - Castle - Manufactures - “Grey Coats”
VIV - Approach to Windermere - Disappointment on the first view of the Lake - Bowness - Sail on the Lake - Curwen’s Island - The Station - Exquisite beauty of the Scenery.
X - Morning view of Windermere - George’s dreams - Tomb of Bishop Watson - Water excursion - The Islands - Splendid view from Rayrigg Bank - Professor Wilson - The Lake poets - Holms - Belle Isle.
XI - Bowness to Ambleside - Scenery - Old Calgarth - Valley and Village of Troutbeck - Superstitions, Manners, and Customs of the Inhabitants - Diseases - Head of the Lake - Low Wood - Char and Trout - Roman Station - Ambleside - Stock Gill Force.
XII - Our new Acquaintances - Mr. Pert - Col. H. - Comparison between the Scenery of Switzerland and of the English Lakes.
XIII - Langdale Excursion - Changes in the Weather - Great Langdale - Skelwith Force - Loughrigg Tarn - Elterwater - Little Langdale - Colwith Force - Blea Tarn - Head of Great Langdale - The Stickle Pikes - Dungeon Gill
XIV - Ambleside to Keswick - Rydal-hall - Rydal Mount - Mr. Wordsworth - The Fleming family - Rydal Water - View from Loughrigg fell - Grasmere Lake and Vale - Helm Crag - Dunmail Raise - An Antiquary - Antiquarian information.
XV - Cumberland - View from Dunmail Raise - Skiddaw - Helvellyn - Thirlmere - Vale of Saint John - Saddleback - Castlerigg; magnificent view of Derwentwater and the surrounding mountains - Keswick - Col. H---n - Derwentwater - Earls of Derwentwater.
XVI - Sail round Derwentwater - Vicar’s Island - Wallow Crag - Lord’s Island - Lady’s Rake - Misfortunes of the Derwentwater Family - Saint Herbert’s Island - Barrow Cascade - Floating Island - The River Derwent - Fall of Lowdore - Fine Echo - Night Scene on the Lake - Reflections.
XVII - Ascent of Skiddaw - Difficulties of the Way - Magnificent View from the Summit - Descent.
XVIII - Excursion to Borrowdale, Wastdale, Ennerdale, and Buttermere - The Ladies left at Keswick with an old Acquaintance - Straits of Borrowdale - Bowder Stone - Castle Crag - Rosthwaite - The Wadmines.
XVIV - Ascent of Sty Head - View of Scaw Fell - New Companion - Wastdale - Wastwater - Calder Bridge - Calder Abbey.
XX - Morning walk over Copeland Forest - Lake and valley of Ennerdale - Lowes Water - Crummock Water - Scale Force - Buttermere - Mary of Buttermere - Vale of Newlands - Return to Keswick
XXI - Keswick - Hutton’s and Crosthwaite’s Museums - Dr. Southey - Druidical Temple on Castlerigg - Journey from Keswick to Penrith - Vale of St. John - Penrith - Church - Giant’s Grave - Castle - Brougham Castle - Arthur’s Round Table - Mayburgh -
Druidical Temple at Salkeld - Giant’s Cave - Brougham Hall - Lowther Castle - Pooley Bridge.
XXII - Race to Pooley-Bridge, and alarming Accident - London Exquisites.
XXIII - Ullswater - Pooley Bridge - Dunmallet - Unexpected Encounter - Ullswater - Sail up the Lake - Swarth-Fell - Hallen-Fell - Hallsteads - Gowbarrow Park - Airey Force - Stybarrow Crag - Upper Reach of the Lake - Vales of Patterdale and Glenridding -
Patterdale Hall - Echoes on the Discharge of a Cannon.
XXIV - Ascent of Helvellyn - Dangerous Pass of Striding-Edge - View from the Summit - Descent - Death of Mr. Charles Gough.
XXV - Journey from Patterdale to Ambleside - Upper part of Patterdale - Deepdale - Brotherswater - the best Way of visiting Ullswater - Kirkstone - Ambleside - Journey to Kendal and Liverpool - Gratification of the Tour - General Estimate of the Lake Scenery
- Seasons for viewing it - Accommodations - Conclusions.

I - EXCURSION ON HORSEBACK - Commencement of the journey - Lancaster Sands - The Carter - Holker-hall - Leven Sands - Ulverston - Swarth-moor Hall, the house of George Fox - Furness Abbey - Conishead Priory - Coniston Water - Waterhead Inn.
II - Ride by Yewdale and Tilberthwaite, to the head of Great Langdale - Ascent of Bowfell and Scawfell Pikes - Sublime view from the latter - Descent - Ride to Ambleside.
III - Bowness - Esthwaite Water - Hawkshead - Mr. Wordsworth’s Rydal Mount - Keswick - Honister Crag - Watendlath - Carlisle - Penrith - The Castle - The Cathedral - Neighbouring Mansions - Conclusion.

EXCURSION ON FOOT - Inexhaustible Abundance of Scenes and Objects at the Lakes - Pedestrian Excursion from Kendal - Bowness - Troutbeck - Kentmere - Ascent of Hill Bell and High Street - Long Sleddale - Belated among the Hills - Mardale-Green - Hawes Water - Lowther - Penrith - Ullswater - Patterdale - Keswick - Skiddaw -
Derwentwater - Wallow Crag - Watendlath and Borrowdale - Grasmere - Loughrigg - Ambleside - Kendal.

A descriptive account of the Towns and Villages, Noblemen’s and Gentlemen’s Seats, Mountains, Lakes, Waterfalls, and other objects worthy of notice; for the information and guidance of Tourists.
Made from actual Survey, and corrected to 1830.



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Reviews: A Genteel family's tour of Lancaster & the Lake District in 1827

Lancaster Guardian - 20 May 1998 - Just the same but with out the motorists......

Next time motorists complain about the A591, they should remember what travellers in 1827 had to put up with. "From Kendal to Bowness, a distance of nine miles, the road is excessively uneven, and, for the greater part of the way, passes over a barren, rugged and desolate tract." The journey then took an hour-and-a-half and - although there were few traffic jams - it was hardly the best start to a holiday.

This book is a collection of letters - published in the Lancaster Gazette - written by A.Rambler about a family holiday in the Lake District of the 1820s.

It soon becomes clear that 19th century tourists occupied themselves in much the same way as their 20th century descendants.

The family in the book climb Helvellyn, go rowing on Lake Windermere and wander around Ambleside, which A. Rambler describes as "ancient and irregularly built."

Particularly interesting is a trip made to Belle Isle, the mansion situated on a Windermere island.

There is also a description of Lancaster and an account of a famous murder trial that took place in the town's castle.

The book features Victorian maps showing the route of the tour and a glossary.

I found it very interesting, the first hand accounts give a good flavour of what it was like to be a tourist in the Lake District in 1827.

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