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Tent Lodge, Coniston
Tent Lodge
locality:-   Townson Ground
civil parish:-   Coniston (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   buildings
coordinates:-   SD317974
1Km square:-   SD3197
10Km square:-   SD39

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evidence:-   old text:- Green 1814
placename:-  Tent Lodge
source data:-   Set of prints, soft ground etchings, Sixty Small Prints, with text, A Description of a Series of Sixty Small Prints, by William Green, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1814.
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page 4:-  "... Tent Lodge, the property and residence of Colonel Smith. ..."

evidence:-   outline view:- Otley 1823 (8th edn 1849) 
placename:-  Tent Lodge
source data:-   Engraving, outline view of mountains, Coniston Water from near Bank Ground, drawn by T Binns, engraved by O Jewitt, opposite p.8 of A Descriptive Guide of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, 8th edition, 1849.
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item:-  Armitt Library : A1180.6
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evidence:-   descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843) 
placename:-  Tent Lodge
source data:-   Guide book, A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by Rev William Ford, published by Charles Thurnam, Carlisle, by W Edwards, 12 Ave Maria Lane, Charles Tilt, Fleet Street, William Smith, 113 Fleet Street, London, by Currie and Bowman, Newcastle, by Bancks and Co, Manchester, by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, and by Sinclair, Dumfries, 1839.
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Page 10:-  "... From Tent Lodge, once the residence of Miss Elizabeth Smith, (that excellent Hebrew scholar and poetess,) there is a beautiful view of the lake, with its church and village of Coniston on its opposite side, backed by an intermixture of the Coniston, Yewdale, and Tilberthwaite mountains."

evidence:-   old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H
placename:-  Tent Lodge
source data:-   Map of the English Lakes, in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
"Tent Lodge"
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item:-  JandMN : 82.1
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evidence:-   old text:- Martineau 1855
source data:-   Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-76.
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Page 28:-  "... Tent Lodge, which is seen nestling in its garden at some elevation above the lake. The road passes the site of the former Waterhead inn, ... at about a mile and three-quarters from the new inn, there stands the house in which Elizabeth Smith lived and died; and, on the opposite side of the road, Tent Lodge, built on the spot where a tent was pitched, that she might draw her dying breath with greater ease, and enjoy, as long as possible, the incomparable landscape there stretched before her. The boat-house is at the bottom of the slope, down which she used to take her mother's guests; and she and her sister were so well practiced at the oar that they could show the beauties of the scene from any point of the lake."

A tent was put up here for Elizabeth Smith in 1805. She died of consumption, age 29, 1806. She spoke French, German, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin and had some knowledge of Arabic and Persian. She translated the Book of Job.

Referred to as Beckfoot by Arthur Ransome.

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