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Old Bridge House, Ambleside, Westmorland

Old Bridge House, Ambleside, Westmorland

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop XLIII

Item number: 4a

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Ambleside is a small town of grey slate houses. This unique house is one bay wide and one bay deep and rests on a very small bridge. It was originally built as a garden folly on the estate of Ambleside Hall. The bridge is on the road between Windermere and Rydal. In the early 19th century, Ambleside became a popular attraction for wealthy travellers. Access to France was difficult because of the war and in his book of 1810, Wordsworth promoted a tour of the Lake District as an alternative to the Grand Tour of Europe traditionally undertaken by the wealthy.

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