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placename:- Brothers Water
other name:- Broad Water
parish Patterdale parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
lake
coordinates:- NY402127
10Km square:- NY41
place code:- Bro

1Km square NY4012

photograph

Brothers Water -- Patterdale -- Cumbria / -- 9.6.2009
photograph

Brothers Water -- Patterdale -- Cumbria / -- 9.6.2009

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 19 3)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

placename:- Brothers Water
lake
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

old print:- Bradley 1901

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Print, uncoloured lithograph, Brotherwater and Kirkstone Pass, Patterdale, Westmorland, by Joseph Pennell, published by Macmillan and Co, London, 1901.
On page 51 of Highways and Byways in the Lake District, by A G Bradley.
printed at bottom:-
Brotherwater and Kirkstone Pass.

placename:- Brotherwater
date:- 1901
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, Brothers Water etc, Patterdale, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower left:-
H. Bell
stamped on reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, head of Brothers Water, Patterdale, Westmorland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

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 37:-
... the little lake of Brothers' Water lying below [the Kirkstone Pass], afar off among the green levels; ...
...
Page 105:-
... Brothers' Water derives its name from the accident - which is said to have happened twice,- of brothers being lost in it, in the attempt of one to save the other. On one of the two occasions, the accident happened through the breaking of the ice, when the brothers were making a venturesome short cut across it to church. ...

placename:- Brothers' Water
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

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 180:-
A TABLE OF THE LENGTH, BREADTH, AND DEPTH OF THE LAKES.
No. : Names of Lakes. : Counties : Length in Miles. : Extreme breadth in Miles : Extreme depth in Feet : Height above the Sea
4 : Brothers' Water : Westmorland : 0¾ : ½ : 72 : -

placename:- Brothers' Water
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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Brothers Water
outline with shore form lines, lake or tarn

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

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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Brothers Water
Outline.

placename:- Brothers Water
county:- Westmoreland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

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 149:-
...
BROTHER WATER.
At Cowbridge is the outlet of this pretty sheet of water, which is situated in a fertile vale, clothed with wood. On its western side, near the head, stands the ancient and lowly Hall of Hartshope. This water may be readily circumambulated, and the views around it are sublime. It is fed by Kirkstone Beck, and that which rises under Dove Crag, which issues from a cove richly decorated with native wood; from this recess there is a view backwards on the gleaming surface of Brother Water, and forwards to the precipitous sides and lofty ridges of Dove Crag.
Page 177:-
A TABLE
OF THE LENGTH, BREADTH, &c. OF THE LAKES,
COLLECTED FROM DIFFERENT AUTHORITIES.

placename:- Brothers Water
other name:- Brother Water
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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Page 10:-
...
BROTHER WATER,
- So called from the circumstance of two brothers having been drowned together, by the breaking of the ice - is a small lake, situate in that part of Patterdale called Hartshop, on the road leading to Ambleside.

placename:- Brother Water
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old print:- Fielding and Walton 1821 (plate 47)

Set of prints, Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes, illustrated with hand coloured aquatints by Theodore Henry Fielding and John Walton, published by R Ackermann, 101 Strand, London, 1821.
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Print, coloured aquatint, Broader Water, ie Brothers Water, Patterdale, Westmorland, drawn by John Walton, published by R Ackermann, 101 Strand, London, 1821.
Viewed from Kirkstone Pass.
Tipped in opposite p.280 in A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes.

placename:- Broader Water
date:- 1821
period:- 19th century, early

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 map:- Cooke 1802

Maps, Westmoreland, Cumberland, etc, now Cumbria, by George Alexander Cooke, London, 1802-10; published 1802-24.
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Broad W.
outline with form lines; lake or tarn

placename:- Broad Water
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 153:-
...
... Broadwater, called by some Brotherwater, a lake, about half a mile long, and near as much broad, close on the side of which we pass. ...
... In Broadwater, or Brotherwater, two young men, (brothers) were drowned together in December 1785, by the ice breaking under them. The inhabitants have a tradition that
Page 154:-
it received its name of Brotherwater from the like circumstance happening once before. ...

placename:- Broadwater
other name:- Brotherwater
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
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placename:- Broad Water
lake
county:- Westmorland

old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd)

Map, The County of Westmoreland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed by J Ainslie and perhaps T Donald, engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
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Broader Water
outline with form lines; lake or tarn

placename:- Broader Water
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

old map:- Simpson 1746 map (Wmd) -- probably relevant

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 8 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland? in The Agreeable Historian by Samuel Simpson, printed by R Walker, Fleet Lane, London, 1746.
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Outline with form lines; drained by the wrong river.
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1746
period:- 18th century, early; 1740s

old map:- Morden 1695 (Wmd)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
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Broader water
Outline, no shore shading, not tinted, the road running through it.

placename:- Broader Water
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1695
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Cooper 1808

Map, Westmoreland ie Westmorland, scale about 9 miles to 1 inch, by H Cooper, 1808, published by G and W B Whittaker, 13 Ave Maria Lane, London, 1824.
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outline, shaded; lake
locality:- East Ward
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1808
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old map:- Badeslade 1742 -- probably relevant

A Map of Westmorland North from London, scale about 10 miles to 1 inch, and descriptive text, Cumberland similarly, by Thomas Badeslade, London, engraved and published by William Henry Toms, Union Court, Holborn, London, 1742.
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outline with form lines

county:- Westmorland
date:- 1742
period:- 18th century, early

old print:- Pearson 1900s

Guide book, Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
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Print, halftone photograph, Brothers Water, from the Kirkstone Pass, Westmorland, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.85 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
BROTHERS WATER, FROM THE KIRKSTONE PASS.

placename:- Brothers Water
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:- Pyne 1853

Set of prints, The English Lake District, or Lake Scenery of England, scenes painted by James Barker Pyne, lithographed by W Gauci, published by Thomas Agnew and Sons, Manchester, 1853; published 1853-70.
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Brothers' Water
Drawn by James Barker Pyne, 1848-1853, lithographed by T Picken, 1859.

placename:- Brothers' Water
date:- 1848=1853
period:- 19th century, early; 19th century, late; 1840s; 1850s

old print:- Garnett 1850s-60s F

Set of prints, engravings, Views of the English Lakes or Views in the English Lake District, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s?
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Print, uncoloured engraving, Brothers' Water from near Kirkstone Pass, Westmorland, drawn and engraved by William Banks and Son, Edinburgh, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s?
Included in Views of the English Lakes.
printed at bottom:-
Drawn & Engraved. by W. Banks & Son, Edinr. / BROTHERS' WATER. / From near Kirkstone Pass.

placename:- Brothers' Water
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late

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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date:- 1834
period:- 19th century, early

old print:- Goodwin 1887 (edn 1890)

Set of prints, etchings? 56 views in Westmorland, Cumberland, etc, by Harry Goodwin, published by Swan Sonnenschein and Co, Paternoster Square, London, 1890.
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Print, etching? Brothers Water, from the Kirkstone Pass, Patterdale, Westmorland, by Harry Goodwin, published by Swan Sonnenschein and Co, Paternoster Square, London, 1890.
Tipped in opposite p.154 of Through the Wordsworth Country, by William Knight.

placename:- Brothers Water
date:- 1886
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Gresham Publishing 1900s

Book, Our Beautiful Homeland, volume including The English Lakes, by George Benson, A G Bradley, and R Murray Gilchrist, illustrated by Ernest W Haslehurst, published by The Gresham Publishing Co, 66 Chandos Street, London, 1900s?
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Print, colour halftone, Kirkstone Pass and Brothers Water, Westmorland, by Ernest W Haslehurst, published by The Gresham Publishing Co, 66 Chandos Street, London, 1900s?
Tipped in opposite p.26 of The English Lakes section of a volume of Our Beautiful Homeland.
printed at bottom:-
KIRKSTONE PASS AND BROTHERS WATER
printed at lower left:-
E. W. HASLEHURST

placename:- Brothers Water
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:-
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Print, uncoloured engraving, A View of Broadwater, ie Brothers Water, Westmorland, engraved by Lodge, published by Alexander Hogg, The Kings Arms, 16 Paternoster Row, London, about 1794.
It has been suggested that this is from Walpoole's Guide to the Lakes.
printed at caption:-
View of BROADWATER, a LAKE in Westmoreland.

placename:- Broadwater
date:- 1794
period:- 18th century, late

old print:-
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Print, engraving with lithograph colour? Brothers Water from Kirkstone Pass, Westmorland, 1860s-70s?
printed at bottom:-
BROTHERS WATER FROM KIRKSTONE PASS.

placename:- Brothers Water
date:- 1860=1879
period:- 19th century, late

old print:-
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View of BROADWATER, a LAKE, in Westmoreland.

placename:- Broadwater
date:- 1794
period:- 18th century, late; 1790s

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Brothers Water -- Patterdale -- Cumbria / -- From the track to Hartsop Hall. -- 5.11.2006
tiny photograph, 
button to large Brothers Water -- Patterdale -- Cumbria / -- From about Boredale Hause, Caudale Moor directly behind. -- 6.7.2009
tiny photograph, 
button to large Brothers Water -- Patterdale -- Cumbria / -- 20.10.2010

hearsay Once known as Broad Water, its named changed to Brothers Water in 1785 after two brothers were drowned here having fallen through the ice while skating. The event is mentioned by William Wordsworth in The Prelude (book 8 line 231), 1805-06.
The fishing is free; eel, perch, trout, and white fish.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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