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placename:- Maiden's Step
locality:- Bramery Bank
locality:- Eamont, River
parish Langwathby parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
rocks
coordinates:- NY56043028
10Km square:- NY53

1Km square NY5630

old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 59 2)

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.
[Maiden's Step]

placename:- Maiden's Step
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

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 17:-
...
Torquin, or Torquinas, (as some call him,) having stolen several virgins, conveyed them to this dismal mansion [Giant's Cave, Langwathby], where he kept them close prisoners. One of them, however, found means to escape along the side of the rock: in her road she was obliged to step over a hideous gap a yard and a half wide; a rugged, craggy rock over-hanging her head, so as scarcely to allow room to stand upright, and a perpendicular descent of 48 feet underneath: the sides of the rock are such as could afford no hold to her hand, and the boiling and rapidity of the impetuous torrent which roars beneath, are enough to confuse the calmest and most intrepid. Notwithstanding these horrors and difficulties, she preserved and effected her escape, and to this day the place has retained the name of the Maiden's Step.

placename:- Maiden's Step
person:- : Torquin
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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