These hints have opened in a new page which you can
minimise, and then refer to again whilst using the
Our navigation is designed to be obvious
it never is!
And, we do prefer not to clutter up the pages with instructions, so some buttons are not so obvious.
We expect to have some silly errors: sorry.
Words in menu lists are buttons.
The header in menus (red) is a button which goes logically back ie back up the menu structure, not always back to where you came from. It gets a more general menu, or goes to the main menu page.
The upper section of the menu generally fetches a page on the right;
the lower section generally fetches a subordinate menu.
Many small images are buttons to a larger image;
menu images might be divided into button boxes.
In [nearly] all pages, in the right frame, the upper left logo button goes out to the main menu at the top of the website as does a small button at the bottom of the page; these are your escape buttons.
The GAZETTEER presents maps, prints, texts and photographs together under the names of places they refer to, in alphabetical order. You may also search by parish or grid square. Some places may have only minimal information, and are not shown in bold. Some other places may extend to several long pages and take a while to load.
TOPICS group places by subjects that we found interesting, and includes some events.
MAPS lists all the maps relevant to Cumbria that we discovered, showing images of those we scanned arranged by date, maker and subject.
PRINTS presents the pictures, including drawings, paintings, historic photographs, that we have scanned, by date, subject, artist etc. A few items scanned more recently may be shown in the gazetteer but have not been incorporated into Prints.
PHOTOS shows all the photos taken by us and used in the website. You can browse through them or use the very detailed index.
Below these are direct links to individual Lakes guidebooks and other texts that we transcribed, to individual maps that we studied in more detail, and to a few of the most extensive series of pictures.
The pages of this project were originally designed using screens of
800x600 pixels with full colour; but were planned with higher
resolution screens in mind. Both slide bars will be needed to move
about large images on a computer. Smart phones were not around and their small
screens are not very suitable for a website of this sort.
This project makes use of FRAMESETS and FRAMES in HTML.
This can make bookmarking a page difficult but the simplicity
and openness of navigation with frames is too enormous to
The website was designed with our slow internet connection
in mind, but was not constrained by this. The vast amount of
information on the site means that there will inevitably be
delays in loading some pages. More delay can be expected because
we believe that the maps provided should be legible. In the Maps
section, where possible maps can be seen entire, meaning very large files.
This version of the website is the last, and any errors and omissions will
have to stay. Martin had changed the structure of his
database records and how he wanted the webpages to appear, but he
died in 2018 before he could complete this work. It was our joint
project and has deserved the time spent since his death on this update, which is probably
twice the size of its predecessor. It has only been possible with the invaluable help
of Richard Light.
All our projects were based on our belief that access to historic sources is our heritage and our right. This project has also added 50,000 modern photos. I trust that Lakes Guides will continue to be available to everyone, and a tribute to Martin, for many years.