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placename:- Dixon's Three Jumps
locality:- Blea Water Crag
parish Shap Rural parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
hill
coordinates:- NY446104
10Km square:- NY41
Site of Dixon's Fall; a huntsman who fell off Blea Water Crag while fox hunting.

1Km square NY4410

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 41:-
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At one of these huntings [on a shepherds meet, High Street] a man, now living at Kentmere, whose name is Dixon, fell from the immense rock called Blea-Water Cragg: this precipice is commonly said to be 500 yards high, (but I think 300 will be near the truth,) and in many places over-hangs its base. He had no bones broke, but was terribly bruised, and was almost compleately scalped, so that he now has no hair upon his head, except a little above one of his ears. He struck against the rock several times in his fall, but says he was not sen-
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[sen]sible of it; and when he came to the bottom he spoke a few words about the way the fox had taken, and instantly fell down insensible. It is 26 years since this remarkable accident, and the place has ever since borne the name of Dixon's Three Jumps. It is worthy the learned to remark, that in all accidents of persons falling from vast heights, their locomotive powers and faculty of speech seldom fail them at once; they generally speak a few words, or walk a few yards, and then drop down: ...

placename:- Dixon's Three Jumps
person:- huntsman : Dixon, Mr
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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