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Rossett Gill
runs into:-    Mickleden Beck

civil parish:-   Lakes (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   river
locality type:-   valley
1Km square:-   NY2507
10Km square:-   NY20

BNL52.jpg (taken 26.3.2007)  
BSI87.jpg  Drumlins at the bottom of the higher gill.
(taken 23.3.2010)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 25 1) 
placename:-  Rossett Gill
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:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd) 
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.
single or double wiggly line; river 
item:-  National Library of Scotland : EME.s.47
Image © National Library of Scotland

evidence:-   old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s
source data:-   Photograph, sepia, View from Rossett Ghyll, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
image  click to enlarge
internegative at lower left:-  "H. Bell"
item:-  Armitt Library : ALPS307
Image © see bottom of page

evidence:-   old photograph:- Marr 1916
placename:-  Rossett Gill
source data:-   Photograph, halftone print, Moraine Mounds, foot of Rossett Gill, Langdale, Westmorland, 1916.
image  click to enlarge
item:-  JandMN : 173.31
Image © see bottom of page

evidence:-   old print:- Garnett 1850s-60s A
placename:-  Rosset Ghyll
source data:-   Print, uncoloured engraving, Head of Langdale, from the Blea Tarn Road, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Simpkin, Marshall and Co, London, 2nd edn 1860s?
image  click to enlarge
item:-  JandMN : 149.3
Image © see bottom of page

BRW55.jpg  Upper gully,
(taken 11.11.2009)  
BPF60.jpg  Upper gully, looking to Mickleden,
(taken 20.5.2008)  
BRW50.jpg (taken 11.11.2009)  
BRW51.jpg (taken 11.11.2009)  

A story is told by Hudson, told him by his guide, the son of a local farmer in 1851:-
"High up above the vale of Great Langdale we came to the Old Woman's Grave. Tradition relates that a Westmoreland woman, who was in the practice, for many years, of going over into Cumberland to receive an annuity, perished in the mountains. She was buried on the spot, and a row of flat stones marks her grave. My guide pointed to the hollow, a few yards below, where the body is said to have been found."
According to H Mounsey of Skelwith reported by Alfred Wainwright much later, a pack woman used to walk the area selling haberdashery etc in the mid 18th century. She died beside the gill in a storm, and is buried in an unmarked grave.

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