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crags aloft and lambs in the vales, there will be more or fewer, nobler or meaner, birds of prey. We are unable to ascertain positively, amidst conflicting testimony, whether any eagles at all remain in the region. It appears that one has certainly been seen within ten years; and three gentlemen, two of whom are travelled men, and not likely to be mistaken in such a matter, declare that, four years ago, they saw one sweep down from Scandale Fell into Kirkstone Pass, and rest on a crag in the vale, some way above Brothers' Water. There is, however, a preponderance of disbelief of there being now any nest and settlement of eagles among the mountains of Westmorland and Cumberland.
black lead mine
The descent upon Stockley bridge is easy; and the bridge
itself was, a few years since, a favourite subject for
sketches. A more picturesque one we never saw: but it has
been spoiled in the repairing.- As he proceeds, the
traveller will find no "nuts and acorns" in this "Boredale,"
nor any remarkable number of swine. But he may see the
place,- if he looks up the hill the left,- whence was drawn
the modern product that has in modern times, distinguished
the dale,- the blacklead of which the Keswick pencils are
made. It is understood that the productiveness of the mine
has much lessened; and the works are, we believe, often
suspended; but, while the best ore brings 30s. per lb.,
there will be more or less perseverance in seeking it. The
heaps of rubbish, high up the mountain, show the spot. In
the clay slate of the mountain is a bed of greenstone rock;
and "nests" or "sops" or "bellies" of black lead are found
in the greenstone.
|-- (black lead mine, Seathwaite)|
|-- Eagle Crag|
|-- Stockley Bridge|