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Page 137:-
The tourist who has complained of the deficiency of magnificent forest-wood, will here, at least, have found no reason to renew his complaints, and, indeed, scarcely during any of the latter part of the tour. The princely residences of the nobility are scarce in the north country - the halls of the gentry are not numerous - and the lands being in the hands of statesmen, who are in general mere agriculturalists, they look upon wood as exhausting the fertility of the land.
At Bampton, the Lowther is joined by the stream which issues out of Hawes Water. This is a village placed on both sides of the water. The church, vicarage, and grammar-school, are on the south side of the vale. The road through this valley is amidst green enclosures and pretty lanes, bordered by wild roses, and honeysuckles, and copse-woods, which beguile the way till you reach the lake.
At Bampton is a free-school, which has produced many great scholars, especially Edmund Gibson, Bishop of London, and the late Judge Wilson.

  Hawes Water
Belonging to the Earl of Lonsdale, is a less Ulles Water, undefiled by bad taste. It is three miles in length, and generally half-a-mile in breadth, abounding in perch, trout, eels, and chubs. The eastern side is screened by pretty wooded rocks, and its western girt by a few cultivated fields, thinly
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button -- Bampton Grammar School (?)
button -- "Bampton" -- Bampton
button -- "Hawes Water" -- Hawes Water
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