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Caption for Windermere, The Windermere Hotel C1955: No longer owned by the Rigg family, the hotel has been re-named in this post-World War II photograph. Otherwise, very little has outwardly changed in the interim years. The ornate drinking fountain with its road signs to Ambleside, Kendal, Bowness and the lake has been removed since 1955 - presumably it was a hazard on this now busy junction. It can now be found in the open area in front of the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal. The shining example of an early version of the Morris Minor car is a reminder of the advanced design of this vehicle and of its consequent popularity.

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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