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place:- beacon, Skiddaw
site name:- Skiddaw
parish Underskiddaw parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
beacon
coordinates:- NY2528
10Km square:- NY22

1Km square NY2528

old print:- Matthew 1866 -- perhaps relevant

Guide book, The English Lakes, Peaks and Passes, from Kendal to Keswick, by George King Matthew, published by J Richardson, Highgate, Kendal, Westmorland, 1866.
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Print, engraving, outline view, View from Watendlath Road of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite, Cumberland, published by J Richardson, Highgate, Kendal, Westmorland, 1866.
Tipped in before p.1 of The English Lakes, Peaks and Passes, from Kendal to Keswick, by George King Matthew.
printed at bottom:-
VIEW FROM WATENDLATH ROAD OF / DERWENT WATER AND BASSENTHWAITE.
printed at caption to mountains:-
... Broad End / Keswick Be[ ] / Skiddow M[ ] ...

placename:- Keswick Beacon
date:- 1866
period:- 19th century, late

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
image WS21P125, button   goto source.
Page 125:-
... The garrison at Keswick, would have the care of the beacon on the top of Skiddaw, the mountain being of the easiest access on that side. ...
site name:- Skiddaw
date:- 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

hearsay Skiddaw was one of the northern elements in a system of beacons used to warn of invaders, and to celebrate important events. The beacons of west Cumberland were on: Black Combe, Boothill, Moota Hill, Muncaster Fell, Skiddaw, St Bees Head, and Workington Hill. There are said to have been two beacons on Skiddaw. (This information is not safe.)
Thomas Babington Macaulay in The Armada:-

which is slightly wishful thinking, they call it poetic licence, as Skiddaw could hardly have seen a beacon at Lancaster, and Carlisle would have difficulty with Skiddaw.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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