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viewpoint, Stone Crag
site name:-   Stone Crag
site name:-   Heights (guess) 
civil parish:-   Skelsmergh (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   viewpoint
coordinates:-   SD530978
1Km square:-   SD5397
10Km square:-   SD59

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
source data:-   Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 175:-  "..."
"... you approach a charming vale, which Mr. Young, in his elegant manner, describes thus:"
"'After crossing this dreary tract, the first appearance of a good country is most exquisitely fine; about three miles from Kendal, you"
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Page 176:-  "a noble range of fertile inclosures, richly enamelled with the most beautiful verdure: and coming to the brow of the hill, have a most elegant picturesque view of a variegated tract of waving inclosures, spreading over the hills, and hanging to the eye in the most picturesque and pleasing manner that fancy can conceive: three hills in particular are overlooked, cut into inclosures in a charming style, of themselves forming a most elegant landscape, and worthy the imitation of those who would give the embellishments of art to the simplicity of nature.'"
"The station from whence this description is taken, is about the midway between the third and fourth mile-stone, on the top of a rock, on the east side of the old road, called Stone-crag, which cannot be mistaken. The three hills referred to in the description, are on the near ground of the landscape. There are many beautiful hills and knolls scattered about the valley; some cultivated, others covered with wood, or shining in the softest verdure. But the most remarkable one for picturesque form, is an oval green hill crowned with the ruins of a castle; it divides the valley, and overlooks a town hanging on the side of a steep mountain, this is [KENDAL]"

person:-   author
 : West, Thomas
date:-   1778
period:-   18th century, late
period:-   1780s
item:-   guide bookGuide to the Lakes

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