Literary Associations of the English Lakes (Glasgow, 1894)

Dedicated to William Henry Hills (1832-1918) ‘who has done more than any man in the district to keep our English Lakeland undisfigured and “secure from rash assault”, for the health, rest, and inspiration of the people’.  Hills was born in Sunderland and joined his father’s bookseller and printing business.  He retired to the Lake District, initially living at The Knoll, Ambleside, Harriet Martineau’s old house.  He was active from the 1880s onwards in conservation efforts and was a mainstayof the Lake District Defence Society.  He died at Easdale House, Grasmere, on 29 December 1918.

In his Prefatory Note, Hardwicke wrote:

A residence of fifteen years in the Lake District has led me to believe that for lack of some compendium of the Literary Associations of the country-side, the memories of the men and women whose life and work have added such charm to the scene of their labours are fading from off the circle of our hills.

This book has been written to preserve in their several localities, for visitors and residents alike, the names, the individualities, the presence of the minds and hearts, that have here gathered inspiration and shed lustre upon their homes.



Volume I. Cumberland, Keswick and Southey’s Country

The Gateways of the Lake District (pp. 1-11)

Greta Hall (pp. 12-38)

Greta Hall (pp. 39-83)

Applethwaite: Windy Brow: Chestnut Hill (pp. 84-115)

Keswick (pp. 116-147)

Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite: Scafell and Skiddaw (pp. 148-172)

Mirehouse (pp. 173-187)

Cockermouth: Bridekirk: Brigham: Pardsey Crag (pp. 188-228)

Volume II. Westmoreland, Windermere and the Haunts of Wordsworth

Greystoke: Penrith: Brougham Castle: King Arthur’s Round Table: The Grotto: Tirril Meeting-House (pp. 1-41)

Barton Churchyard: Dacre: Pooley Bridge: Eusemere: Ullswater: Patterdale: Kirkstone Pass (pp. 42-71)

Windermere and Elleray (pp. 72-92)

From Elleray to Rydal : Ecclerigg: Briary Close: Low-Wood: Dove Cottage: The Croft: Old Brathay: Brathay Hall: The Knoll: Scale How: Fox How: Fox Ghyll: Loughrigg Holme: Rydal Old Hall (pp. 93-122)

Ivy Cottage: Rydal Mount: Nab Cottage: White Moss: Dove Cottage (pp. 123-155)

Ben Place: Lancrigg : Allan Bank: Grasmere Church and Churchyard: Red Bank: Field Head: Hawkshead Hall: Hawkshead: Coniston: Brantwood (pp. 156-195)

Grasmere: Tongue Ghyll : Grisedale Tarn : Helvellyn : Wythburn (pp. 196-213)

Wythburn: The Rock of Names: Bridge-End Farm: Thirlmere: Fisher Place: Vale of St. John: Stonehouse: The Moor (pp. 214-241)