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 Bassenthwaite Lake
viewpoint, Rakes
locality:-   Rakes
civil parish:-   Bassenthwaite (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   viewpoint
10Km square:-   NY23

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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Page 123:-  "... from the road on the north side of the village [Bassenthwaite Halls], called Rakes, you have a very fine view of a rich cultivated tract, stretching along the banks of the lake, and spreading itself upwards to the skirts of Skiddaw. The elevation is such, that every object is seen completely, and every beauty distinctly marked. The lakes appears in its full magnitude, shaded by a bold wooded shore on the west, and graced by a sweet spreading vale on the east, that terminates in a bold style under the surrounding mountains. The sloping ground to the bridge is charming, and the far-extended vales of Embleton and Isel lie in fine perspective. The river Derwent has his winding course through the latter."

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

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