Visitor's opinion of Lakeland in 1853

6 January 2017 5:25PM

A VICTORIAN tourist's personal view of the Lake District is included in January 25 sale at Forum Auctions in London.

Between £300 and £500 is expected for the 80-page manuscript written out by a young women more than 160 years ago who left few clues to be identity.

The reader can find mention of her sister Adelaide, brother Richard and a dog called Brenda.

Its title is Journal of a Short Tour Made to the Lake District in 1853.

The group climb Helvellyn and descended the fell in a snow storm.

The visited Wasdale and described it as “A very primitive little place” with the clergyman on “Only 50 pounds a year”.

Pity was felt for his daughters who had to work in the fields at hard tasks such as reaping and haymaking “Just like common labourers”.

One page refers to a stay in Ambleside from which the group visited Rydal Water and Grasmere.

The writer was more impressed with the lake and its shoreline properties at Windermere.

She recorded: “There are a great many gentlemen’s houses all round the lake and there were two or three pretty little yachts sailing about.

“The lake was as smooth as a piece of glass and the mountains and trees were reflected in it most beautifully.”

The January 16 to 18 sale by James and Sons at Fakenham, Norfolk, includes a bank cheque dated 1894 from the Ulverston branch of the Lancaster Banking Company.

It has no pre-sale estimate but is likely to sell for £3 to £5.

A watercolour by Lakeland landscape artist William Heaton Cooper is included in the January 20 sale by Lawrences, of Crewkerne, Somerset.

The artist lived from 1903 to 1995 and this work is called A Fine Winter Day in the Lake District.

It is expected to sell for £1,200 to £1,500.

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