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Dun Bull, Mardale
Dun Bull
locality:-   Mardale Green
locality:-   Mardale
civil parish:-   Shap Rural (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   inn (drowned) 
coordinates:-   NY47601150 (guess) 
1Km square:-   NY4711
10Km square:-   NY41

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 20 6) 
placename:-  Dun Bull
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:-   descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834) 
source data:-   Guide book, A Concise Description of the English Lakes, the mountains in their vicinity, and the roads by which they may be visited, with remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the district, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823; published 1823-49, latterly as the Descriptive Guide to the English Lakes.
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Page 28:-  "..."
"There is a public house at Mardale Green, about a mile above the head of the lake [Hawes Water], ..."
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Page 115:-  "... the Dun Bull on Mardale Green will be no alarming or unwelcome object to the weary traveller."

evidence:-   old text:- Martineau 1855
item:-  buttersycamorepoplar
source data:-   Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-76.
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"The hostess at Mardale Green Inn will make her guests comfortable with homely food and a clean bed: and the host will, if necessary, act as guide up the passes. The small green level which from the mountains looks such a mere speck, is of some importance at a distance. It actually sends 3,000 pounds of butter weekly to Manchester by the railway. The carrier's waggon picks up the baskets from the scattered dwellings in the dale, and transmits no less than thirty cwts. per week to the Manchester folk."
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Page 174:-  "... in the ascent from Mardale Green; but the traveller indulges in frequent rests, for the sake of looking back upon the singularly-secluded valley, ... with its ... little inn, recognised to the last by the"
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Page 175:-  "sycamores and poplars which overshadow its roof, and rustle before the door."

BVN59.jpg "DUN BULL / HOTEL / R. E. D[ ]"  courtesy of John Bennet

BNO48.jpg  The Dun Bull Hotel.

The Mardale shepherds meet was based here, the last meeting in 1935 before the valley was drowned. It is said that the wake for the meet lasted from the Friday evening to the next Tuesday.

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