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Hill Top, St John's Castlerigg etc
Hill Top
Hill Top Farm
locality:-   St John's in the Vale
civil parish:-   St John's Castlerigg and Wythburn (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
coordinates:-   NY31722300
1Km square:-   NY3123
10Km square:-   NY32

BND96.jpg (taken 5.2.2007)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 64 8) 
placename:-  Hill Top
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:- Donald 1774 (Cmd) 
placename:-  Hill Top
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.
"Hill Top"
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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.
image WS21P202, button  goto source
Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769 
Page 202:-  "..."
"Oct. 2. I set out at ten for Keswick [from Penrith], ...passed ... Hill-top, the large, though low mansion of the Gasgarth's, now a farm-house, seated on an eminence among the woods, under a steep fell, was what appeared the most conspicuous, and beside it a great rock, like some ancient tower nodding to its fall."

evidence:-   old text:- Clarke 1787
placename:-  Hill Top
source data:-   Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, written and published by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787; published 1787-93.
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Page 61:-  "... Hill-Top, an handsome, small, old building, belonging to J. Gaskarth, Esq. ..."

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