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Watendlath Beck
runs into:-    Derwent Water

civil parish:-   Borrowdale (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   river
1Km square:-   NY2717 (etc) 
10Km square:-   NY21

BNE44.jpg  At Watendlath Bridge.
(taken 17.2.2007)  
BNE46.jpg  Ford in Watendlath.
(taken 17.2.2007)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 70 2) 
placename:-  Watendlath Beck
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

evidence:-   old map:- Gents Mag 1751
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, Map of the Black Lead Mines in Cumberland, and area, scale about 2 miles to 1 inch, by George Smith, published in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1751.
tapering wiggly line; river 
item:-  JandMN : 114
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evidence:-   old map:- Donald 1774 (Cmd) 
source data:-   Map, hand coloured engraving, 3x2 sheets, The County of Cumberland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, by Thomas Donald, engraved and published by Joseph Hodskinson, 29 Arundel Street, Strand, London, 1774.
single or double wiggly line; a river from Watendlath Tarn to Derwent Water 
item:-  Carlisle Library : Map 2
Image © Carlisle Library

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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Addendum; From Dr. Dalton's descriptive poem enumerating the Beauties of the Vale of Keswick, about 1775 
Page 197:-  "..."
"Let other streams rejoice to roar / Down the rough rocks of dread Lowdore, / Rush raving on with bois'trous sweep, / And foaming rend the 'frighted deep, ..."
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Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769 
Page 204:-  "... we turned aside into a coppice, ascending a little in front of Lowdore water-fall: the height appeared to be about 200 feet, the quantity of water not great, though (these three days excepted) it hath rained daily for near two months before; but then the stream was nobly broken, leaping from rock to rock, and foaming with fury. ... The force of the water wearing a deep channel in the ground, hurries away to join the lake. We descended again, and passed the stream over a rude bridge. ..."

evidence:-   old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Der) 
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, An Accurate Map of the Matchless Lake of Derwent, ie Derwent Water, scale about 3 inches to 1 mile, by Peter Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumberland, 1783, version published 1800.
item:-  Armitt Library : 1959.191.3
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evidence:-   old text:- Gilpin 1786
placename:-  Lodoar River
source data:-   Book, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1772, on Several Parts of England, Particularly the Mountains, and Lakes of Cumberland Westmoreland, by Rev William Gilpin, 1772-74; published 1786-1808.
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vol.1 p.192  "..."
"These two rivers, the Lodoar, and the Derwent, furnish the chief supplies of Derwentwater. But those of the latter are much ampler. The Lodoar accordingly is lost in the lake: while the Derwent, first giving it's name to it, retains it's own to the sea."

evidence:-   old map:- Otley 1818
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, The District of the Lakes, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, 1818, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Jonathan Otley, Keswick, Cumberland, et al, 1833.
item:-  JandMN : 48.1
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evidence:-   old print:- Rose 1832-35 (vol.2 no.4) 
placename:-  Stream of Lowdore
source data:-   Print, uncoloured engraving, Watendlath, and the Stream of Lowdore, drawn by Thomas Allom, engraved by J Sands, published by Fisher, Son and Co, London, 1833.
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Vol.2 no.4 in Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated, with descriptions by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate, London, about 1835. 
printed at bottom left, right, centre:-  "T. Allom. / . Sands. / WATENDLATH, & THE STREAM OF LOWDORE. / FISHER, SON &CO. LONDON, 1833."
item:-  Dove Cottage : 2008.107.394
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BRP79.jpg (taken 23.9.2009)  

A rock feature in the beck below the hamlet is called the Devil's Punch Bowl, or just The Churn; presumably a churn pot?

NY26461896 Lodore Bridge (Borrowdale)
NY27531633 Watendlath Bridge (Borrowdale) L
NY26511873 Lodore Falls (Borrowdale)
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