Saturday, 21 March 2015

Cumbria - The side everyone sees

A had a few days in Cumbria in January week part work - part leave. the photos that follow show two sides of Cumbria - firstly The Lake District:

A view of Helm Crag from the road outside Grasmere heading north to Keswick.

Probably the most famous building in Keswick is the Moot Hall in Market Square. 
The present building dates from 1813, and has an unusual one-handed clock. It was erected at a cost of nearly £1,200 by trustees of the Royal Greenwich Hospital.

Records show that in the 1820s the lower floor was used as a market for meal, butter, eggs and poultry. Upstairs, the Moot Hall continued its traditional function as a court house. It now contains the Tourist Information Centre on the ground floor, and an art gallery above.

Yes I was in Cumbria but I couldn't resist a Cornish pastie (and it was quite good!)

The weather was incredible - the light this time of the year is different to the Summer - some views taken at the lake (Derwent Water). First the landing stages with Derwent Isle behind.

Two views off one of the landing stages...

..and the landing stage again with seagull.

I then walked up the hill in Crow Park and took another view of Derwent Isle.

I finally left the lake but only went a short distance before stopping for a close up of another iconic building - St.Kentigern's; Crossthwaite's Parish Church.

St.Kentigern came to north Cumbria  having been driven out of Glasgow by a pagan prince, and set up his cross in a clearing or ‘Thwaite’, in 553AD. Hence the name “Crosthwaite”. Nothing remains of the earliest church buildings, but small portions of the stone church of 1180 survive.The present building is dated 1523 and was extensively restored in 1844, by the architect Gilbert Scott, who designed the roof timbers, pews and some of the screen work.

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