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viewpoint, White Moss Common
site name:-   White Moss Common
locality:-   Grasmere
civil parish:-   Lakes (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   viewpoint
1Km square:-   NY3209 (?) 
10Km square:-   NY30

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
placename:-  station, Grasmere Hill
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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Page 80:-  "...station, Grasmere Hill"
"Mount Grasmere hill, and from the top, have a view of as sweet a scene as travelled eye ever beheld [2]. Mr. Gray's description of this peaceful, happy vale, will raise a wish in every reader to see so primaeval a place."
"'The bosom of the mountains, spreading"
"[2] A little to the left of the road, is No.5, of Mr. Farrington's views."
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Page 81:-  "here into a broad bason, discover in the midst Grasmere water, its margin is hollowed into small bays, with eminences; some of rock, some of soft turf, that half conceal and vary the figure of the little lake they command: from the shore, a low promontory pushes itself far into the water, and on it stands a white village, with a parish church rising in the midst of it; hanging inclosures, corn fields, and meadows, green as an emerald, with their trees, and hedges, and cattle, fill up the whole space from the edge of the water; and just opposite you, is a large farm house, at the bottom of a steep smooth lawn, embosomed in old woods, which climb half way up the mountains' sides, and discover above, a broken line of crags, that crown the scene. Not a single red tile, no staring gentleman's house, break in upon the repose of this little unsuspected paradice (sic); but all is peace, rusticity and happy poverty, in its neatest, most becoming attire [1].'"
"Mr. Gray's description is taken from the road descending from Dunmail-raise. ..."
"[1] The whole of Mr. Gray's journal is given in the Addenda, Article III."

person:-   author
 : West, Thomas
date:-   1778
period:-   18th century, late
period:-   1780s
item:-   guide bookGuide to the Lakes

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