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Belsfield, Bowness-on-Windermere
locality:-   Bowness-on-Windermere
civil parish:-   Windermere (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   inn
locality type:-   hotel
coordinates:-   SD40229666
1Km square:-   SD4096
10Km square:-   SD49

BPE44.jpg (taken 12.5.2008)  
BPE53.jpg (taken 12.5.2008)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 32 11) 
placename:-  Belsfield
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:- Ford 1839 map
placename:-  Bellfield
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, Map of the Lake District of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by Charles Thurnam, Carlisle, and by R Groombridge, 5 Paternoster Row, London, 3rd edn 1843.
item:-  JandMN : 100.1
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evidence:-   old map:- Prior 1874 map 1
placename:-  Belsfield
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving or lithograph? Winander Mere, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1874.
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block/s; building/s 
item:-  private collection : 133.1
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evidence:-   database:- Listed Buildings 2010
placename:-  Belsfield Hotel
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage
source data:-  
courtesy of English Heritage
"Early C19 and Victorian. Large mansion in prominent position overlooking the lake from a hill top. Italianate style. The whole front facing the lake has 13 windows on each floor, 3 storeys, stuccoed, with heavy modillioned cornice, quoins, some round-headed windows, a verandah on lake front with slender iron columns and iron cresting. A 4-storey square tower on northern end of front, which also has a 3-storeyed bay window. Windows have moulded stone architraves. Interior has plaster ornamented and gilt ceilings, friezes and cornices, plaster panelled walls and door frames, painted doors with floral cartouche. Iron staircase balustrading with mahogany handrail. Present bar has Adam-style ceiling with octagonal panelling, painted ovals etc."

evidence:-   old print:- 
placename:-  Belsfield, The
source data:-   Print, coloured lithograph, Belsfield, Bowness-on-Windermere, Westmorland, engraved by J McGahey, from a photograph by G Waters, printed by J Richardson, Barrow-in-Furness, 1870?
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printed at bottom left, right, centre:-  "On Stone by J. McGahey / G Waters Photo / &Printed by J Richardson, Barrow in Furness / BELSFIELD, BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE,- THE RESIDENCE OF H. W. SCHNEIDER, ESQ."
item:-  Dove Cottage : 2008.107.62
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Garden design by Mawson Brothers 1912-14, for H Allen.

Waymark, Janet: 2009: Thomas Mawson, Life, Gardens and Landscapes: Lincoln, Francis (London)

BWH78.jpg (taken 3.5.2012)  

Built as a private house for the Baroness von Sternberg, 1845. Henry W Schneider, made this his country residence from 1869. He had a private pier built on the lake shore. Each morning he would walk to the pier, preceeded by his staf, including the butler with breakfast on a silver tray, which he eat on his steam yacht Esperance crossing to Lakeside railway station. He owned the railway, and had his own train to take him to Furness Abbey and then a brougham to finish the commute to whchever business demanded his attention. His secretary who brought the morning mail to be dealt with on the trip.
The house became a hotel in 1892, proprietor Lieutenant A D Macleod, whose rifle is still displayed in the Lounge of the present hotel. In 1910-11 there were considerable alterations to the building.

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