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Excursion to Loweswater

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This book is a delightful and revealing account of an outing to the Lake District at the birth of the age of mass tourism, but at a time when travel was still a challenge. Robert and Rachel Jackson wrote to their Quaker friends at the Manchester First-day School to suggest they come to stay for a weekend at Waterend, Loweswater. The invitation was accepted. The year was 1865. And the visitors numbered forty-four. The journey was not an easy one. By train to Windermere, thence by horse-drawn wagonette north to Keswick, and south again to cross the Honiter Pass for Loweswater - all in the pouring rain. After a Sunday of leisure and religious observance (which included listening to the preaching of an American, Rebecca Collins) 4am Monday found the party preparing to make the long journey home. Clearly the outing was a great event, and in gratitude Mary Hodgson and L M Lunt wrote their accounts of the expedition in poetry and prose. Their work, painstakingly copied into an album and beautifully illustrated in pen and ink and water-colour, was presented to their hosts. The album survives today - a delightful account of a weekend long ago. As the introduction by Christopher Newsom makes clear, the Victorian tourists arrived armed with a great awareness of the literary associations of the Lakes. They were also possessed of a readiness to be awed by the scenery that todays visitors may only rarely match. Excursion to Loweswater is not only a charming record of its time but will also enhance the pleasure of all modern lovers of the Lakes.

Excellent pages, a little edge and D/J wear.

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Author(s):
Hodgson. Mary & Lunt. Lyndia
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1987
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0356145417
ISBN-13:
9780356145419
Number of pages:
144
Publisher:
Macdonald Orbis

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This book is a delightful and revealing account of an outing to the Lake District at the birth of the age of mass tourism, but at a time when travel was still a challenge. Robert and Rachel Jackson wrote to their Quaker friends at the Manchester First-day School to suggest they come to stay for a weekend at Waterend, Loweswater. The invitation was accepted. The year was 1865. And the visitors numbered forty-four. The journey was not an easy one. By train to Windermere, thence by horse-drawn wagonette north to Keswick, and south again to cross the Honiter Pass for Loweswater - all in the pouring rain. After a Sunday of leisure and religious observance (which included listening to the preaching of an American, Rebecca Collins) 4am Monday found the party preparing to make the long journey home. Clearly the outing was a great event, and in gratitude Mary Hodgson and L M Lunt wrote their accounts of the expedition in poetry and prose. Their work, painstakingly copied into an album and beautifully illustrated in pen and ink and water-colour, was presented to their hosts. The album survives today - a delightful account of a weekend long ago. As the introduction by Christopher Newsom makes clear, the Victorian tourists arrived armed with a great awareness of the literary associations of the Lakes. They were also possessed of a readiness to be awed by the scenery that todays visitors may only rarely match. Excursion to Loweswater is not only a charming record of its time but will also enhance the pleasure of all modern lovers of the Lakes.

Excellent pages, a little edge and D/J wear.

Author(s):
Hodgson. Mary & Lunt. Lyndia
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1987
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0356145417
ISBN-13:
9780356145419
Number of pages:
144
Publisher:
Macdonald Orbis

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