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Ormathwaite Hall, Ormathwaite
Ormathwaite Hall
locality:-   Ormathwaite
civil parish:-   Underskiddaw (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
coordinates:-   NY26822531
1Km square:-   NY2625
10Km square:-   NY22

BYJ25.jpg (taken 21.5.2013)  

evidence:-   probably old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 64 2) 
placename:-  Ormathwaite House
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:-   probably old map:- Ogilby 1675 (plate 96) 
source data:-   Road strip map, hand coloured engraving, the Road from Kendal to Cockermouth, and the Road from Egremond to Carlisle, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, by John Ogilby, London, 1675.
In mile 30, Cumberland. 
House off the road to the right. 
item:-  JandMN : 22
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evidence:-   old map:- Donald 1774 (Cmd) 
placename:-  Ormathwaite
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.
"Ormathwaite / Brownrigg Esq."
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.
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Mrs Radcliffe's Ride over Skiddaw, 1794 
Page 304:-  "... More under shelter of Skiddaw, where the vale spreads into a sweet retired nook, lay the house and grounds of Dr. Brownrigg - ..."

evidence:-   old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Der) 
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, An Accurate Map of the Matchless Lake of Derwent, ie Derwent Water, scale about 3 inches to 1 mile, by Peter Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumberland, 1783, version published 1800.
"Here Stands the Beautiful Villa of W. Brownrigg Esqr. M.D. F.R.S. It came to I. B. Walsh Esqr. in the Year 1800"
Close by Ormathwaite. 
item:-  Armitt Library : 1959.191.3
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evidence:-   old text:- Clarke 1787
placename:-  Armathwaite
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 100:-  "..."
"Having passed Crookelty-Bridge, we see Armathwaite (sic), the seat of William Brownrigg, Esq; M.D.; this house and every thing round it are planned and executed in all the charming simplicity of refined taste. The learned owner has been long and justly celebrated for his extensive acquaintance with every branch of medical and philosophical knowledge: as a chemist and electrician he may perhaps stand unrivalled; and it is generally believed, that both Dr Franklin and Dr Priestly stand indebted to him for many of their most important discoveries. He has by him a great number of invaluable essays on almost every subject, but could never be persuaded to give them to the world: I can only add, that I hope, for the sake of science, he will change his present resolution."

evidence:-   old text:- Gents Mag
source data:-   Magazine, The Gentleman's Magazine or Monthly Intelligencer or Historical Chronicle, published by Edward Cave under the pseudonym Sylvanus Urban, and by other publishers, London, monthly from 1731 to 1922.
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Gentleman's Magazine 1819 part 1 p.508 
From the Compendium of County History:-  "Ormathwaite was the seat of Dr. William Brownriff (sic), an eminent physician, author on the art of making salt, and preventing pestilential contagion; he died here in 1800, aged 88."

evidence:-   database:- Listed Buildings 2010
placename:-  Ormathwaite Hall
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage

evidence:-   database:- Listed Buildings 2010
placename:-  Ormathwaite Hall
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage

Two georgian houses set at right angles facing a common lawn.

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