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Page 91:-

book 3
  chapter 1

  road, Bassenthwaite Lake



Portingsgill, -- Ullock, -- Brathwaite Charities, -- Brathwaite Brow, -- Thornthwaite, -- Height of the two Mountains Helveylin and Skiddow, -- Lead Mines, -- Wood-end, -- Wythop, -- Ouzebridge.
WE will now proceed towards Bassenthwaite. Leaving Keswick, we come to the little village of Portingsgill, which we pass, and then ascending a little hill, we have an excellent view of Bassenthwaite or Broad-Water. Here is an old oak on the left-hand side of the road which will serve to mark a station for the painter: the right side is closed by the steepest side of Skiddow, burnt by the sun into a beautiful reddish brown; in the centre is Powter-How, belonging to Mr Stanger; a large white building, beautifully contrasted by the verdure of the trees under which it stands: the left is closed by the dark blue mountains above Thornthwaite, which rise out of fields of corn and pasturage, spotted here and there with wood. Farther distant is the Lake, intersected and varied with promontories and creeks; nearest to the eye it is broad, then it contracts almost to a river, then again it expands, and is at last lost before the houses at Ouzebridge and Armathwaite. The farthest distance closes very well with rising grounds, fringed with verdant hedges, and here and there interspersed with plumps of trees. Towards the East is likewise a tolerable landscape: Mr Guy Head drew it, but I cannot think it deserved the admiration he bestowed upon it; however, in this the traveller must judge for himself; for so numerous are the landscapes which deserve to be taken, that we need not wonder if different persons form different opinions of them.
Hard by is Ullock; the seat of J. Radcliff, Esq; a descendant of the Derwentwater family; he is the last that I know of in this country, and has no children; so that the name may probably become extinct; for James the last Earl of Derwentwater, (who was beheaded in 1716,) had only one son and one daughter; the son died unmarried, and the daughter married Lord Petre.
  Braithwaite etc

We next come to Great Brathwaite, a pretty village. This place and Thornthwaite are remarkable for producing the best fruit in Cumberland. A stranger would here imagine himself at his journey's end; the road winds in between two mountains in such a manner that no one can perceive its course.
The tenants here are all customary, one only excepted. Formerly the poor in these northern parts were extremely distressed; on this account many charities have been given them, by people born in the neighbourhood who had acquired large fortunes. There is not a town or village but what has had two or three donations, (a thing I before forgot to take notice of, and which does credit to the natives) from those who in
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button -- "Great Braithwaite" -- Braithwaite
button -- "Portingsill" -- Portinscale
button -- (station, Ullock)
button -- "Thornthwaite" -- Thornthwaite
button -- "Ullock" -- Ullock
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