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placename:- Armboth House
locality:- Armboth
parish St John's Castlerigg and Wythburn parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
building/s; haunted house
coordinates:- NY305172
10Km square:- NY31

1Km square NY3017

source:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
Page 69:-
... There is another mystery just behind [Wath Bridge], under the Armboth Fells,- a haunted house. Lights are seen there at night, the people say; and the bells ring; and just as the bells all set off ringing, a large
Page 70:-
dog is seen swimming across the lake. The plates and dishes clatter; and the table is spread by unseen hands. That is the preparation for the ghostly wedding feast of a murdered bride, who comes up from her watery bed in the lake to keep her terrible nuptials. There is really something remarkable, and like witchery, about the house. On a bright moonlight night, the spectator who looks towards it from a distance of two or three miles, sees the light reflected from its windows into the lake; and, when a slight fog gives a reddish hue to the light, the whole might easily be taken for an illumination of a great mansion. And this mansion seems to vanish as you approach,- being no mansion, but a small house lying in a nook, and overshadowed by a hill. ...
event:- wedding
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H

Map of the English Lakes, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
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Armboth
block, building

placename:- Armboth
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 49:-
... Armboth House is pleasantly situated on the top of a gentle eminence under the Fells, whence the ground falls in easy slopes all round to the water's edge: the views from the house are commanding, and the eye rests upon the huge surfaces of Helvellyn and the Great Dodd.

placename:- Armboth House
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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... [Thirlmere] is divided into an upper and lower lake, between which a picturesque wooden bridge leads to Armboth House. ...
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[Arm]both-house, the residence of Mr. Jackson, ...
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old map:- Saxton 1579

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Building, symbol for a hamlet, which may or may not have a nucleus.
Armebath

placename:- Armebath
county:- Cumberlandia
hamlet
date:- 1576
period:- 16th century, late; 1570s

old advertisement:- Atkinson 1847 (5th edn 1850)

Guide book, Handbook to the English Lakes, published by Thomas Atkinson, Kendal, Westmorland, 1847; published 1847-53.
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Advertisement for Mrs Westray at Armboth House by Thirlmere, Cumberland, 1850.
At the end of a Handbook to the English Lakes, 5th edn.

placename:- Armboth House
person:- innkeeper : Westray, Mrs
date:- 1850
period:- 19th century, late

hearsay There was a monkey puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana, in the grounds of Armboth House when owned by Countess Ossalinsky.
The house was the setting of The Shadow of a Crime by Sir Hugh Cain.

hearsay The house was said to have been haunted by the ghost a murdered bride.

hearsay The Countess Ossalinsky, a daughter of the Jackson Family here, returned home when widowed. She fought the Manchester Corporation Waterworks over the valuation 70,000, though she might have accepted less.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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