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Page 146:-
  Elter Water
  Loughrigg Tarn

At this place is a very pretty opening of the Lake; after having been concealed by Brathay woods for some time. There are, on the right, two little Lakes called Elter-water, and Loughrigg, both stocked with fish, but no ways remarkable for any thing.
  Coniston Water
Coniston Lake, by some called Thurston Water, is in the county of Lancashire; it abounds with the several kinds of fish found in Winandermere, and the fishermen account the charr more valuable in this Lake than the other, but I think they are much the same.
Near the height of this Lake stood a priory of Cistercian Monks, founded by William Pennington *, which at the dissolution was valued at 124l. 2s.1 d. the remains of which are yet to be seen. In Langdale Fells, above here, are got the largest quantities of blue slate in any part of this kingdom; it is of the most excellent quality, and is carried down this Lake, and from thence to the sea near Ulverstone, where it is shipped and carried abroad. Langdale is as poor as any in these parts, except for the slate quarries and the slaters, (like the miners in Patterdale, page 33,) debauch the natives so far, that even the poor Curate is obliged to sell ale to support himself and family; and at his house I have played Barnaby with him on the Sabbath-day morning, when he left us with the good old song,

"I'll but preach, and be with you again."
We will next return to Hawkshead, a little market-town about four miles from Ambleside, pleasantly situated at the foot of a range of small mountains, covered chiefly with wood. On the south side of the valley, in the middle of which is a Lake called Estthwaite-water, about a mile and a half in length, and somewhat less than half a mile in breadth: it is the sole property of Miles Sandy's, Esq; who has a boat and some few swans upon it, which add greatly to its beauty, and contains pike, perch, and eels, as the other Lakes, but not plentiful, and no charr. At Hawkshead is a grammar-school endowed with one hundred pounds salary; the present master and usher are both Fellows of Colleges, and have upwards of one hundred boys under their care: this school is very beneficial both to the town and neighbourhood, by the number of gentlemens sons boarded there; it also makes this place much resorted to by the families who visit their children here in Summer; its market is weekly, on Mondays.
The church is situated upon a high hill close to the town, (or rather within it,) its vicarial worth about 160 pounds per annum, and the present incumbent is Mr Brathwaite of Bellmont, whose modern built house stands delightfully upon a hill near a mile from the town; it commands an agreeable and extensive view of the Lake, town, and cottages, dispersed among copses of woods and lawns; this prospect would please the most rustic and unpolished observer; and cannot but catch the eyes of every traveller, though not seeking for delights of that nature. In the church-yard is a stone with the following inscription upon it:
In memory of Banks Robinson, late of High-Wray, who departed this life 17th October 1782, in the 85th year of his age:
Also Agness his wife, Who departed this life 23d June 1763, in the 55th year of her age.
In testimony of a dutiful regard for the best of parents, this stone was erected by their three children, John, Banks, and Ann.
* Ancestor of the present Lord Mulcaster of Mulcaster-Hall in the West of Cumberland. A road leads to this Lake from here over Hardknott and Wryness, where the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire meet.
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button -- "Bellmont" -- Belmount Hotel
button -- "Coniston Lake" -- Coniston Water
button -- "Estthwaitewater" -- Esthwaite Water
button -- Hawkshead Grammar School
button -- "Hawkshead" -- Hawkshead
button -- "High Wray" -- High Wray
button -- (priory, Monk Coniston)
button -- St Michael and All Angels Church
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