Extracts, by Stuart Cresswell, from “English Lakes Visitor and Keswick Guardian” with kind permission of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
Volunteer Band: Permission having been obtained from the Commander of the District, the Volunteer Band may now play in public, and the Trustees of Fitz Park have granted the application of Capt Broatch for the use of the Upper Fitz Park on Wednesday evenings. The band in uniform were out for the first time under the new order on Wednesday, and played a good programme under the direction of Bandmaster Smith. A large gathering were present and enjoyed the performance.
Keswick Rowing Club: The adjourned meeting to consider the formation of a rowing club at Keswick was held in St John’s infant School, on Monday evening, when there was again only a poor attendance. The Rev WS Unwin occupied the chair, and there were also present, the Rev J R C Forrest and Messrs J Wardlaw, TT Townley, E Peele, J Smith, W Walker, R Russell, JW Goodall, and E Mayson. A number of names were handed in. The Rev WS Unwin was appointed captain; Mr E Peele, secretary; and Mr J Smith, treasurer. It was decided that an average attendance of nine (three pair-oar crews) was requisite at each practice. In the face of the lack of interest and encouragement, Mr Unwin said he did not find much inducement to go on with the work. It was resolved, however, to carry on for a month and see if more members joined the club.
Trap Accident at Bassenthwaite: On Monday morning an accident befell Mr Thompson, of Chapel Farm, and Mr John Raven, of High Side, Bassenthwaite. They were being driven to Keswick to catch the train for Penrith. When near Ravenstone the horse took fright at some obstacle or other and broke into a canter, and afterwards commenced to kick. It then turned suddenly, and made an attempt to clear a thorn fence and rails on the low side of the road. The fence top is almost level with the road, and a deep ditch separates them. Mr Thompson, who is very heavy and infirm, alighted on the fence but, except a severe scratching of the hands and face, escape further injury. The driver and Mr Raven were thrown over the fence into the adjoining field. The latter had his collarbone fractured, and was severely shaken. The driver was also much shaken. The horse, harness, and conveyance were none the worse for the misadventure. Mr Raven and Mr Thompson proceeded on to Penrith, and telegraphed to Mr Wilson, of Aspatria, to meet them on their return in the evening, and they then had their injuries attended.
Suggested Improvement of the old Moorland Road between Hill Top and Dockray: The old moor road over from Hill Top to Dockray is still in fair order, and it is believed that if it were drained of surface water and a slight metalling added where necessary, and the fords made more easily passable, it would be a most agreeable alternative drive for those who wish to go or return from Keswick to Ullswater.
The road in question is about 6 miles in length and, rising from St John’s Vale by a long incline, gives an unparalleled view of Blencathra and the Threlkeld Valley. It is not proposed that its character as a mountain road should be interfered with, nor that it should enter into competition with the present coach road; but it is 3 miles shorter than the existing route, and would certainly come into appreciated used by lovers of scenery. It is thought that, if during the summer months residents and visitors were invited to subscribe, a sufficient sum might be raised to warrant an appeal to the district councils of Cockermouth and Penrith for help. The Matterdale people have enough to do in raising money to meet the County Council grant for the “maining” of road between Troutbeck and Glenridding; the bulk of subscriptions would, therefore, probably be raised in Keswick neighbourhood.
Mr JJ Spedding, of Greta bank, having received sanction, has personally undertaken to improve the approach to the road at the Hill Top end and, already, donations the amount of £20 of been promised. To make a perfect highway it is estimated that the cost would be about £600, but for a very inconsiderable portion of that sum the road might be improved to such a degree as to render it usable.
Keswick Urban District Council – Dogs: A letter was read from Mr Postlethwaite, asking as a matter of public safety that dogs should be muzzled. He said that a child had been bitten on Saturday and that was the second time it had been bitten by the same dog. 18 out of every 20 of the dogs were neither useful nor ornamental, but a menace to the town. It ought not to be necessary to wait for two or three case of hydrophobia before taking action.
Deaths: At the Grange, Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells, on the 30th ult, Henry Hewetson, aged 74 years.
Bathing: The level of the lake is down to the low mark and the water is warm. On Thursday morning the thermometer registered it as 64 [18oC] while in the shade the mercury dropped to 48 [9oC]. Bathers have decreased in number with the colder weather. Whit week was a busy time.
Water Levels: While on the subject to water levels, the following observations made by Mr Christopherson may prove of interest. On 2 June the lake level was half an inch above the mark of 1887, 4 ½ inches above that of 1893, while Jonathan Otley’s mark in 1826 was a quarter-inch dry. On 9 June the water had fallen half an inch further, and on the 16th it was that 2 ¼ inches above the 1893 mark made by Mr W Bromley. In that year Dun Dub had been cleaned a good deal, which may account to some extent for the difference in level.
Valuable Cottage Property in Keswick For Sale: To be sold by auction, by Messrs Mumberson & Son, in the Governor’s House Sale Room, in Keswick, on the 10th day of July 1895, at 7 pm, subject to conditions to be then produced, all those Four Compact Cottages, situate in Derwent Street, Keswick, numbers 4, 6, 8, and 10, and now in the respective occupations of Arthur Storey, Joseph Thompson, William Powell, and William Brownrigg as tenants. The above property affords an opportunity of investment seldom to be met with, being excellently situated and in good order and sanitary condition.