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''Mother Ludlene's Hole'' in Moor Park

''Mother Ludlene's Hole'' in Moor Park

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Ktop XL

Item number: 24-2.

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This cave near Farnham was purportedly the home of Mother Ludlam (or Ludlene), a solitary 17th-century woman commonly known as the White Witch of Waverley. William Cobbet wrote of the cave in 1825: "Alas it is no longer the enchanting place that I knew it. The semi-circular palings are gone, the iron cups, fastened by chains for people to drink out of, are gone; the pavement all broken to pieces; the seats for people to sit on, on both sides of the cave, torn up and gone; the stream that ran down through a clean paved channel, now making a dirty gutter; and the ground opposite, which was a grove chiefly of laurels, intersected by closely mown grass walks, now become a poor ragged-looking alder coppice."

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