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and other public purposes. The parish church of Crosthwaite stands almost in the centre of this finest of vales; the parish is very extensive, containing scenery not to be surpassed, whether you regard the varied beauties of Derwent Water, the stern majesty of Thirlmere, the lovely rural meads of Newlands, the sublime gorge of Borrowdale, or the lone grandeur of Watendlath. The church, dedicated to St. Kentigern, is a building of the age when the perpendicular style of architecture was becoming debased, and consists of a nave, with aisles and chancel. There is an interesting hexagonal font, having shields and figures carved on each of the fronts; and in one of the windows there is some stained glass. The church was anciently covered with lead, which was exchanged for a roof of slate in 1812. The vicarage is beautifully placed on an eminence half a mile from the church, and commands a rich extending prospect. Near the parish church-yard is the Grammar School, and the charitable institutions are very numerous and creditable to the inhabitants. A new church of the pointed style, having a tower and spire at the west end, has been built by the late William Marshall, Esq. the purchaser of the Greenwich property, situated here. This is a pleasing object in the approach from Penrith. At Keswick are manufactories of coarse woollen goods, edge-tools, and black-lead pencils. The great high-roads from Kendal and Penrith, to Cockermouth, Whitehaven, &c. unite here, rendering this place the grand rendez-
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