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Lake of Woburn or Thirlemeer

Lake of Woburn or Thirlemeer

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: KTOP.X

Item number: 44.b

Length: 57

Width: 39

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Thirlmere Lake in Cumbria, Northern England. Thirlmere means ‘lake with a gap’ and this refers to the fact that before 1890 it was much smaller and was situated beside another small lake. Since this time Thirlmere Lake has been turned into a reservoir. Between the years 1851 and 1864 the demand for water in the Manchester area trebled. The local authorities looked to the natural supplies of water in the Lake District for the solution to this problem. By 1890 the Manchester Corporation Waterworks Company had built a large dam on the lake, raising the water level by 50 feet, completely transforming the surrounding landscape.

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