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Waterhead Inn, Coniston
Waterhead Inn
locality:-   Waterhead
civil parish:-   Coniston (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   inn
coordinates:-   SD30999750
1Km square:-   SD3097
10Km square:-   SD39
references:-   Otley 1823

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evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Lan 4 4) 
placename:-  Water Head Hotel
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:-   probably descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834) 
item:-  boatpost horsehorsepost chaise
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 12:-  "..."
"The inn, at Waterhead, is pleasantly situated on the margin of the lake [Coniston Water], and furnishes parties with pleasure boats, a chaise, and a pair of post horses."

evidence:-   probably descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843) 
source data:-   Guide book, A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by Rev William Ford, published by Charles Thurnam, Carlisle, by W Edwards, 12 Ave Maria Lane, Charles Tilt, Fleet Street, William Smith, 113 Fleet Street, London, by Currie and Bowman, Newcastle, by Bancks and Co, Manchester, by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, and by Sinclair, Dumfries, 1839.
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"CONISTON WATER HEAD.- There is here a good inn, situated at the head of the lake, and backed by some magnificent fir-trees. Here the tourist may stop for the purpose of making the following trips, which amply repay the delay they require - vix., (1.) The ascent of the Old Man, and the continuation thence as far as the Chapel in Seathwaite, returning by Torver; (2.) The walk into Yewdale and Tilberthwaite; and (3.) The ride or walk round the lake itself. These excursions will be found described in this work."

evidence:-   old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H
placename:-  Waterhead Inn
source data:-   Map of the English Lakes, in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
"Waterhead Inn"
block, building 
item:-  JandMN : 82.1
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evidence:-   old advertisement:- Martineau 1855
placename:-  Waterhead Inn
source data:-   Advertisment for Waterhead Inn in A Complete Guide to the Lake District of England, by Harriet Martineau published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 4th edn 1871.
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Advertisment pages, added at the end of the guide. 
item:-  JandMN : 192.5
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evidence:-   old print:- Martineau 1855
placename:-  Waterhead Hotel
source data:-   Plate, tipped in with an advertisement for the hotel:-
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Print, engraving, Waterhead Hotel, Coniston, by J Harwood, 26 Fenchurch Street, London, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855.  ": printed: bottom, left, right, centre:: J. Harwood 26 Fenchurch St. London. / No.[209]. / Waterhead Hotel, Coniston."
item:-  Armitt Library : A1159.22
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evidence:-   old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s
source data:-   Photograph, black and white, Waterhead Hotel, Coniston, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
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stamped at reverse:-  "HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE"
item:-  Armitt Library : ALPS113
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evidence:-   old trade card:- Trade Card Maps 1860s-90s
placename:-  Waterhead Hotel
source data:-   Trade card, folded, uncoloured engraving, advertising Sly's Waterhead Hotel, proprietor Joseph Sly, Consiton, Lancashire, ?printed by the Daily Post, Cable Street, Liverpool, about 1876.
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The cover has a print of the hotel and a map; the reverse has descriptive text; there is a pasted in text about Lounging about Coniston Lake, by an invalid, 1876. 
The map includes an area from Keswick to Bowness-on-Windermere, scale about 8 miles to 1 inch, the Waterhead Hotel overprinted at the top of Coniston Lake; the same map has been found on other trade cards. 
printed at print, bottom left, right, centre:-  "DAILY POST / CABLE ST. L'POOL / SLY'S WATERHEAD HOTEL, CONISTON LAKE."
printed at reverse text:-  "... JOSEPH SLY, PROPRIETOR."
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item:-  Carlisle Library : Map 109
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evidence:-   old advertisement:- Linton 1852
placename:-  Waterhead Inn
item:-  innkeeper
source data:-   Advertisement, ... for T Atkinson, Waterhead Inn, Coniston, ... Cumberland, published by Whittaker and Co, London, and by R Gibson and Son and by Callander and Dixon, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 1852.
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Advertisments p.11 in A Handbook of the Whitehaven and Furness Railway, by John Linton. 
item:-  Armitt Library : A1158.24
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evidence:-   old advertisement:- Atkinson 1847 (5th edn 1850) 
placename:-  Waterhead Inn
source data:-   Advertisement for Thomas Atkinson at the Waterhead Inn, Coniston, Lancashire, 1850.
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At the end of a Handbook to the English Lakes, 5th edn. 
item:-  Armitt Library : A1144.26
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