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Birkrigg Common, Aldingham
Birkrigg Common
civil parish:-   Aldingham (formerly Lancashire)
civil parish:-   Urswick (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   common
coordinates:-   SD28507447 (etc) 
1Km square:-   SD2874
10Km square:-   SD27
altitude:-   447 feet
altitude:-   136m

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
placename:-  station, Birkrigg Common
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.
image WS21P041, button  goto source
Page 41:-  "... Leaving Urswick behind, ascend Birkrig, a rocky eminence, and from the beacon have a variety"
image WS21P042, button  goto source
Page 42:-  "of extensive and pleasant views, of land and sea, mountains and islands. Ulverston appears to the north east, seated under a hanging wood, and beyond that Furness-fells, in various shapes, form the grandest termination that can be imagined. The back view is the reverse of this. When the tide is up, you see a fine arm of the sea stretching far within land, terminated by bold rocks and steep shores. Beyond this expanse, a far country is seen, and Lancaster town and castle, in a fine point of view, under a screen of high grounds, over which sable Clougha rears his venerable head. Ingleborough, behind many other mountains, has a fine effect from this station."

evidence:-   old map:- Otley 1818
placename:-  Birkrigg
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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