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Photo of Coniston, Waterhead 1912

Coniston, Waterhead 1912

Neg. 64281

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About this photo

Holidaymakers are boating on the southern reaches of Windermere near Newby Bridge. This is still a popular pastime on Windermere, which is England’s largest lake; the calm reaches of the southern end of the lake provide a quiet backwater compared to the busy area around Bowness.

Waterhead on Coniston Water has not changed significantly since this photograph was taken. Even the elegant steam cruiser the 'Gondola', seen here moored at the pier, is still taking passengers up and down the lake. Originally built in 1859, it was rescued as a rotting hulk and restored to public use by the National Trust in 1980.

This is an excerpt from Lake District Photographic Memories, by Roly Smith