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 Coniston Water
viewpoint, Water Park
site name:-   Water Park
civil parish:-   Colton (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   viewpoint
coordinates:-   SD29319028 (about) 
1Km square:-   SD2990
10Km square:-   SD29

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
placename:-  station, Coniston, West 1
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 47:-  "..."
"STATION I. - A little above the village of Nibthwaite, the lake opens in full view. From the rock, on the left of the road, you have a general prospect of the lake, upwards."
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Page 48:-  "This station is found by observing where you have a hanging rock over the road on the east, and an ash tree on the west side of the road. On the opposite shore, to the left, and close by the water's edge, are some stripes of meadow and green ground, cut into small inclosures, with some dark-coloured houses under aged yew trees. Two promontories project a great way into the lake; the broadest is finely terminated by steep rocks, and crowned with wood; and both are insulated when the lake is high. Upwards, over a fine sheet of water, the lake is again intersected by a far-projecting promontory, that swells into two eminences, and betwixt them the lake is again caught, with some white houses at the feet of the mountains. And more to the right, over another headland, you catch a fourth view of the lake, twisting to the north east. Almost opposite to this station, stands a house on the crown of a rock, covered with ancient trees, that has a most romantic appearance."
"The noble scenery increases as you ride along the banks. In some places, bold rocks (lately covered with wood) conceal the lake entirely, and when the winds blow, the beating of surges is heard just under you. In other places, abrupt openings show the lake a-new, and there, when calm, its limpid sur-"
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Page 49:-  "[sur]face, shining like a crystal mirror reflects the azure sky, or its dappled clouds, in the finest mixture of nature's clare-obscure. On the western side, the shore is more variegated with small inclosures, scattered cots, groves and meadows."

evidence:-   old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Con) 
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, An Accurate Map of Coniston Lake, scale about 3 inches to 1 mile, by Peter Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumberland, 1788, version published 1809.
"West's first Station"
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evidence:-   old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Con) 
placename:-  station, Coniston, West 1
source data:-   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.
"West's first Station"
half a mile north of High Nibthwaite. 

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

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