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Lake District Photographic Memories

Lake District Photographic Memories

The photo 'Windermere, above Waterhead 1912' appears in this book.

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Caption for Windermere, Above Waterhead 1912: Horse-drawn coaches wait patiently to take passengers from the boats at Waterhead, near Ambleside on Windermere. The ornate Waterhead buildings served an increasing trade of tourists to the area, particularly after the railway came in 1847.

An extract from Lake District Photographic Memories.

Memories of Windermere

We were only here briefly. Just a few early spring and summer months. My parents were managing this hotel for the season. One fine day, when there was a pause in the arrivals & departures of coach buses filled with tourists, my father took me across the road. There on the banks of Lake Windermere was a rowing (...Read full memory)

This is the front entrance to the Windermere Hydropathic Hotel. During the Second World War it was the home of Ashville College of Harrogate, as they had been evacuated to Windermere as the school buildings in Harrogate were being used by the Civil Service. The hotel is still in use as a hotel and has beautiful views over the lake.

The picture shown is of the junction with Main Road and Victoria Street, Windermere. The nearest building is obviously the Queen's Hotel (still there) and the one behind it is the Oakthorpe. To get to Orrest Head from here, take the right fork to the top of the hill where it joins (...Read full memory)

In 1964/5 I drove from London with 4 young ladies to attend the wedding of our friend Pamela Blackwell, braving a full on snow storm in an old wreck whose windscreen wipers did not work except with the use of a delicately placed piece of string. We only managed half the distance on the first day and 'slept' in the (...Read full memory)

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