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Wood Farm, Lakes
Wood Farm
Lowwood Farm
locality:-   Low Wood
civil parish:-   Lakes (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
coordinates:-   NY39400156
1Km square:-   NY3901
10Km square:-   NY30

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 26 15) 
placename:-  Low Wood
placename:-  Wood, Low
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:-   possibly old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd) 
placename:-  Wood House
source data:-   Map, 4 sheets, The County of Westmoreland, scale 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed 1768, and engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
"Wood H."
circle, labelled in italic lowercase text; settlement, farm, house, or hamlet? 
item:-  National Library of Scotland : EME.s.47
Image © National Library of Scotland

evidence:-   old text:- Clarke 1787
placename:-  Low Wood
item:-  oaktree
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.
image CL13P152, button  goto source
Page 152:-  "..."
"... There is an oak tree growing at Mr Birkett's of Low-Wood, (see plate X.) which he himself planted, and which is a real curiosity, on account of its beauty, magnitude, and quick growth. A man of the name of Skilbeck had for some years taken notice of the quick growth of this tree; being once at Mr Birkett's sheep-shearing, he found that he could, when sitting upon the ground, exactly fathom it; next year, at the same season, he again"
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Page 153:-  "tried the same experiment, but was unable (on account of the tree's growth) to embrace it by three inches. This beautiful "son of the forest" is not of above sixty years standing; its bole is about forty-five feet high, perfectly straight and clear of branch or knot; its head is a verdant hemisphere, whose form is no farther broken than is sufficient to make it picturesque, and its intrinsic value is upwards of fifty pounds. I must remark, that among the singularities of this vicinity, the ground being the property of one person, and the wood (in many places) of another, is worthy our notice: I must likewise add, that the lands here are generally held by the curtesy of England, which I am scarce lawyer enough to understand. If a woman is possessed of any of these lands, and marries, the estate becomes her husband's for life, whether she dies having issue or not, even if he marries again. And if a man dies possessed of such an estate, leaving a widow, the widow holds the whole during her natural life, though she marries again. This was an act of the Queen Elizabeth, as the title deeds set forth, but on what occasion I cannot find."

evidence:-   old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Windermere N) 
placename:-  Lowwood
source data:-   Map, A Map of the Northern Part of the Lake Winandermere and its Environs, scale about 6.5 ins to 1 mile, by James Clarke, engraved by Samuel John Neele, 352 Strand, published by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland and in London etc, 1787.
"Low-wood / Mr. Birketts"
item:-  private collection : 10.10
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evidence:-   possibly old map:- Cary 1789 (edn 1805) 
placename:-  Wood House
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, Westmoreland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, by John Cary, London, 1789; edition 1805.
"Wood Hou."
block/s, labelled in italic lowercase; house, or hamlet 
item:-  JandMN : 129
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evidence:-   database:- Listed Buildings 2010
placename:-  Wood Farm
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage
"WOOD FARMHOUSE / / / LAKES / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 452848 / NY3941601559"

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