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placename:- Blea Water
parish Shap Rural parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
lake
coordinates:- NY448107
10Km square:- NY41

1Km square NY4410

photograph

Blea Water -- Shap Rural -- Cumbria / -- 17.11.2008
photograph

Blea Water -- Shap Rural -- Cumbria / -- From Harter Fell. -- 7.9.2004

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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Blea Wr.
outline with shore form lines, lake or tarn

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

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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Page 35:-
... Blea Water, separated from the last [Small Water] by a projection of High Street, lies at the foot of a lofty rock called Blea Water Crag. Before reaching the valley of Mardale, their two streams become united.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

source:- Otley 1818

New Map of the District of the Lakes, in Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, published by J Otley, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1818; pblished 1818 to 1850s.
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lake

old print:- Rose 1832-35

Engravings - Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland Illustrated; from drawings by Thomas Allom, George Pickering, and H Gastineau, described by Thomas Rose, published by H Fisher, R Fisher, and P Jackson, Newgate Street, London, 1832-35.
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The accompanying descriptive text is:-
BLEY-WATER TARN, FROM HIGH STREET MOUNTAIN,- WESTMORLAND.
Bley-Water Tarn lies beneath a lofty crag of the same name, forming part of the Mountain High Street. In its approach to the valley of Mardale, the stream from this tarn unites with that of Small Water Tarn, and both flow together northward to the lake of Haweswater.
The artist has alluded in this view to the annual, festivities which take place on the broad top of High Street. Horse-racing forms the principal feature in the sports, which derive no little additional zest from a copious supply of cakes and ale from the neighbouring villages.
Ulverstone lies in the distance.

placename:- Bley Water Tarn
date:- 1835
period:- 19th century, early

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Blea Water -- Shap Rural -- Cumbria / -- 18.4.2007
tiny photograph, 
button to large Blea Water -- Shap Rural -- Cumbria / -- Outlet weir. -- 17.11.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large Blea Water -- Shap Rural -- Cumbria / -- Outlet weir. -- 17.11.2008

fiction Perhaps called Bleacliff Tarn in
Ward, Humphrey, Mrs: 1888: Robert Elsmere
Book 1 chapter 10:-
... '... Lasst Midsummer Day aa was on t' Shanmoor road, i' t' gloaming. An' aa saw theer t' bogle - thee knaws, t' bogle o' Bleacliff Tarn; ...'
earlier in the chapter:-
... the tarn under the frowning precipitous cliffs which marked the western end of High Fell [Harter Fell] ...

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