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Page 96:-
[foot-passen]gers and the little cascade below, is a pleasing feature at the entrance of the neat little town of Hesket-New-Market, agreeably seated in the open vale. The Old Hall, much modernized, stands on the right as you leave the town for Caldbeck.
This is a large straggling village; the houses seem to have been dropped down without order or connexion over the wide rambling valley at the foot of High Pike and Carrick. The church, standing on the brink of the Caldbeck, is a very ancient structure, dedicated to Saint Kentigern, and bearing date 1ll2 (sic). On the stream which pours down from High Pike through this village, is that striking curiosity,

  The Howk
  River Caldew

Which is a deep waterfall in the bed of the river, over which is a natural bridge of limestone rock. Under this bridge the stream rushes with great impetuosity, and dashing along over rugged rocks, it empties itself into a basin boiling in whirling eddies, covered with foam. The intertwining branches of oak, ash, and hazel, intercepting the sun's rays, throw a dense gloom over the recess even at noon-day; whilst the long dark weeds and matted grass hang over the wave-worn rock in rich festoons, interlaced with bright green ferns. On one side is a deep excavation called the Fairy's Kettle, the receptacle in time of floods of another cascade that falls about twenty yards down perpendicular rocks:
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button -- "Fairy Kettle" -- Fairy Kettle
button -- "Old Hall, The" -- Hesket Hall
button -- "Hesket New Market" -- Hesket Newmarket
button -- "Howk, The" -- Howk, The
button -- "St Kentigern's Church" -- St Mungo's Church
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