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Michael Drayton's Polyolbion, 1612/22. button

Christopher Saxton's Map of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1576.

Richard Brathwaite's Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys to the North of England, 1638. button

Lord Burghley's Plott of the Opposete Border of Scotland to ye West Marches of England, including the Debatable Land, 1590

Extracts from The Gentleman's Magazine, published 1731-1907. button

John Speed's maps of Westmorland and Cumberland, and of England and Wales, 1611.

Samuel Simpson's the Agreeable Historian or Compleat Travellers Guide, 1746. button

John Jansson's map of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1646.

Thomas West's Guide to the Lakes, 1778-1821; 11th edition 1821 transcribed. button

John Ogilby's strip maps for Westmorland and Cumberland, 1675.

Extracts and prints from William Gilpin's Observations on the Picturesque, 1786. button

Robert Morden's maps of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1695.

James Clarke's Survey of the Lakes, 1787; 2nd edition 1789, transcribed. button

Bowen and Kitchin's map of Westmorland and Cumberland, 1760.

Joseph Farington's prints of the lakes, 1789. button

Thomas Jefferys's map of Westmorland, 1770.
The earliest map of the county at 1 inch to 1 mile.

William Camden's Britannia; translated with additions by Richard Gough, 1789, transcribed. button

Thomas Donald's map of Cumberland, 1774.
The earliest map of the county at 1 inch to 1 mile.

William Green's prints, drawings and paintings, and other items, 1790s-1820s. button

Thomas West's Map of the Lakes, 1784 onwards.

William Wordsworth's Guide through the District of the Lakes, 1810; 5th edn 1835 transcribed. button

Peter Crosthwaite's maps of lakes, 1783-94.

Extracts and prints from Dr Syntax's Tour in search of the Picturesque, 1812. button

James Clarke's maps of lakes, 1787.

Jonathan Otley's Concise Description of the English Lakes, 1823-1849; 5th edition 1835 transcribed. button

John Cary's New Itinerary ... of the Great Roads ... England and Wales, 1798, 2nd edn 1802, parts in Cumbria.

Thomas Rose's Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated, 1832-35. button

Jonathan Otley's Map of the District of the Lakes, 1818 onwards.

William Ford's Description of Scenery in the Lake District, 1839; 3rd edn 1843 transcribed. button

C and J Greenwood's one inch maps of Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire north of the sands, 1824.

Harriet Martineau's Complete Guide to the English Lakes, 1855; 1st edn transcribed. button

William Ford's Map of the Lake District, 1839; from his guide book, 3rd edn 1843.

Charles Dickens, The Lazy Tour of the Two Idle Apprentices, 1857. Extracts in The Lakes. button

John Garnett's Map of the English Lakes, 1850s-60s. Used as the base map for Ruthven's geological map in Martineau's guide book.

British Rainfall, 1867-1918. Extracts for The Lakes.

Herbert Bell Collection, photographs, 1880s-1940s.

We are grateful for help we have received from both public and private collections; particularly:-

  Andrew Aindow
  Chris Chambers
  Rod Ireland
  David Webb
  Vivian Wright
  David Butler

  Armitt Library and Museum, Ambleside
  Hampshire CC Museums Service
  Winchester College
  Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage
  Kendal Library, Local Studies
  Carlisle Library, Local Studies
  Keswick Museum
  English Heritage

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