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Lame John's, St John's Castlerigg etc
Lame John's
locality:-   Legburthwaite
civil parish:-   St John's Castlerigg and Wythburn (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
coordinates:-   NY318194 (roughly) 
1Km square:-   NY3119
10Km square:-   NY31
SummaryText:-   Not found on OS maps or Donald 1774.
references:-   Clarke 1787 map

evidence:-   old text:- Clarke 1787
placename:-  Lame John's
item:-  storm, 1749rainflood, 1749brewing
source data:-   Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, written and published by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787; published 1787-93.
image CL13P116, button  goto source
Page 116:-  "..."
"... the violence of the water-spout A.D. 1749, ... of which we gave some account before. The second house above, called Lame John's, escaped by the water breaking on a rock above it called Green Cragg; hither were the inhabitants carried from the tops of their houses, which were found, after the inundation ceased, filled with sand and mud. ..."
"This Lame John's has been kept as a public house many years; but is so distant from the residence of the gauger, that he only visits it once a month, when the inhabitants give him notice at what time they intend to brew next: at one of these visits he found an old woman brewing so very small a quantity, that he was vexed at being summoned upon so fruitless an errand: she told him he might stay at home, for she brewed as she could afford. Small indeed was the quantity she could afford; - it was half-a-peck!"

evidence:-   old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Ambleside to Keswick) 
placename:-  Lame John's
source data:-   Map, A Map of the Roads Lakes etc between Keswick and Ambleside, scale about 2.5 ins to 1 mile, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, published by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland and in London etc, 1787.
"Lame John's"
item:-  private collection : 10.9
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