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     AMBLESIDE, a market town in the parish of Grassmere and Windermere, Kendal ward, Westmoreland, 13 miles from Kendal, and 274 from London; contains 118 houses and 538 inhabitants. It stands at the upper end of the celebrated lake of Windermere, a branch of which passes through the town. The south shore of this lake is beautifully shaded with wood to the very top of the surrounding hills; the north shore has two extensive hills cut into the finest inclosures; and the west shore is surrounded with rocks and precipices, with interspersed clusters of shrubs: the whole presenting a view to the traveller beyond description. The town itself was formerly a city, built by the Romans after the reduction of the Brigantes. Horsley says it was called Dictus. Here is a considerable manufactory for woollen cloth, which is sent from hence to Kendal. Below the town is a waterfall, the town standing on the steep decline of a hill. The market is on Wednesday. - Burn's History of Westmoreland, and Guide to the Lakes.
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