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placename:- Mirehouse
MDA code:-
parish Bassenthwaite parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
building/s; museum; art gallery; garden
coordinates:- NY23172837
10Km square:- NY22

1Km square NY2328

photograph

Mirehouse -- Bassenthwaite -- Cumbria / -- 17.12.2008
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Mirehouse -- Bassenthwaite -- Cumbria / -- 17.12.2008

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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Mirehouse

placename:- Mirehouse
county:- Westmoreland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 87:-
... On the direct road to Keswick, on the right, is Mirehouse, the seat of J. Spedding, Esq. enveloped in woods. ...

placename:- Mirehouse
person:- : Spedding, J
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

road book:- Cary 1798 (2nd edn 1802)

Road book, Cary's New Itinerary, by John Cary, published by G and J Cary, 86 St James's Street, London, 1798-1828.
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page 319-320
Between Little Crosthwaite and High Side, on l. is Mirehouse, Thomas Storey, Esq.

placename:- Mirehouse
person:- : Storey, Thomas
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 99:-
...
We now approach Mire-House, so called, I apprehend, from its being situated behind a bog or mire. This bog, along with other lands at the division of the common, was allotted to Thomas Storey, Esq; who hath drained and planted it with oak, ash, fir, &c. The trees in general thrive very well, and will in a short time take away the gloomy view of the barren mountain Ullock, (to use Mr Gray's word,) one of Skiddow's cubs, from the house, and Skiddow will be seen over their lofty tops piercing the clouds.
Mr West called Armathwaite, (Mr Spedding's,) the Queen of the vale; but never saw the king, or names him, (viz. Mire-House.) Mr Pennant passed it unnoticed; Mr Gray and Mr Hutchinson the same; how then dare I recommend its situation? By telling the reader, that behind the house, and towards the water, it has the richest pastures, and most fertile ground; that it is near the head of the Lake, and fronts downwards, and has the best view of the vale of Bassenthwaite, on account of its elevated situation; that it is a modern built house with two wings, and from a bow-window in one of them is the best perspective view in all this part; indeed not so fine a sheet of water before it as Armathwaite, but a far better view of the bays and peninsulas of the Lake, Wythop-Brows, &c. I cannot paint to the reader all the advantages of view Mire-House has, unless I were determined to dedicate a whole volume to that purpose. Let the traveller, however, be witness to the beauties of the place, and the hospitality of its worthy owner.

placename:- Mire House
viewpoint; station
person:- : Storey, Thomas
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Bassenthwaite Lake)

Map series, lakes and roads to the Lakes, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, London, included in A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, published by James Clarke, Penrith, and in London etc, from 1787 to 1793.
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Mirehouse / T. STOREY Esqr.

placename:- Mirehouse
house
person:- : Storey, T
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map (vignette):- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Bas)

Series of maps, An Accurate Map of the Matchless Lake of Derwent, of the Grand Lake of Windermere, of the Beautiful Lake of Ullswater, of Broadwater or Bassenthwaite Lake, of Coniston Lake, of Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater Lakes, and Pocklington's Island, by Peter Crosthwaite, Kendal, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1783 to 1794.
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Mirehouse Thos. Storie's Esqr.

placename:- Mirehouse
house
person:- : Storie, Thomas
date:- 1783=1794
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s; 1790s

old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Bas)

Series of maps, An Accurate Map of the Matchless Lake of Derwent, of the Grand Lake of Windermere, of the Beautiful Lake of Ullswater, of Broadwater or Bassenthwaite Lake, of Coniston Lake, of Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater Lakes, and Pocklington's Island, by Peter Crosthwaite, Kendal, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1783 to 1794.
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Mirehouse / Thos. Stories Esqr.

placename:- Mirehouse
house
person:- : Storie, Thomas
date:- 1783=1794
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s; 1790s

old map:- Ogilby 1675 (plate 96) -- possibly relevant

Road book, Britannia, strip road maps, with sections in Westmorland and Cumberland etc, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, by John Ogilby, London, 1675; and a general map of England and Wales.
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In mile 33, Cumberland.
Part of Basinthwait
houses between the road and the river on the left.

placename:- Basinthwait
date:- 1675
period:- 17th century, late; 1670s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
MIREHOUSE / / / BASSENTHWAITE / ALLERDALE / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 72102 / NY2317828378

placename:- Mirehouse
district:- Allerdale
listed building
coordinates:- NY23172837
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
SOUTH LODGE TO MIREHOUSE / / / UNDERSKIDDAW / ALLERDALE / CUMBRIA / II / 72192 / NY2346628141
district:- Allerdale
listed building
coordinates:- NY23462814
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Mirehouse -- Bassenthwaite -- Cumbria / -- 17.12.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large Mirehouse -- Bassenthwaite -- Cumbria / -- Garden seat. -- 17.12.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large Mirehouse -- Bassenthwaite -- Cumbria / -- Vegetable garden, with beehives. -- 17.12.2008

hearsay The Spedding Family owned the house from 1802.
Various literary persons were entertained here; Alfred Tennyson, William Wordsworth, Robert Southey, etc.

Longville, Tim & Corbett, Val (photr): 2007: Gardens of the Lake District: Lincoln, Frances (London)

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