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placename:- Guardhouse
parish Threlkeld parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
building/s
coordinates:- NY340259
10Km square:- NY32

1Km square NY3425

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 57:-
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In this narrow pass is a place called Guardhouse, where are the remains of a very strong wall; its name gives the most probable grounds for conjecture concerning its use, viz. That it has been a watch-tower, to guard this defile against the incursions of invaders. An old writing, preserved at Greystock Castle, informs us, that this was the place of safety where the family of Threlkelds of Threlkeld-Hall used to preserve their provisions; though I well know, that those turbulent and uncivilized ages (of which we have so many remains) made this precaution necessary, I cannot help thinking
Page 58:-
this was only the secondary use, and that the original was what I have hinted above. I am farther confirmed in this opinion, from the circumstance of this once rich and flourishing family never having had any castle or strong-hold at Threlkeld-Hall, at least that I can hear of; and of course there was a necessity for there being in this place one of those guard or watch-houses, of which we find such numbers throughout this and the adjacent counties. ...

placename:- Guardhouse
person:- : Threlkeld Family
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821)

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
image WS21P202, button   goto source.
Addendum; Mr Gray's Journal, 1769
Page 202:-
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Oct. 2. I set out at ten for Keswick [from Penrith], ... The broad and green vallies of Gardies and Lowside, with a swift stream glittering among the cottages and meadows, lay to the left, ...
date:- 1769
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s

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