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placename:- Swarth Beck river
parish Martindale parish, once in Westmorland
parish Barton parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
river; boundary; parish boundary
coordinates:- NY4520
10Km square:- NY42

1Km square NY4520

old map:- Clarke 1787 map (Ullswater)

Map series, lakes and roads to the Lakes, by James Clarke, engraved by S J Neele, 352 Strand, London, included in A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, published by James Clarke, Penrith, and in London etc, from 1787 to 1793.
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date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

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 37:-
Next sail towards the Westmorland side of the Lake, to the foot of Swarth-beck. If this brook chance to be full of water, the vast number of grand cascades will here regale the eye of the beholder: these fall in innumerable gradations, over hollow craggy rocks, till the brook precipitates itself into the Lake. The noise of these falls is very considerable, and may be heard at the distance of two miles, and is reverberated from rock to rock in a thousand different tones. These sounds are the barometer of the neighbourhood. Traditions handed won from father to son have formed a set of rules, by which the farmer is enabled to predict with tolerable certainty the weather of the day from the sound these cascades emit the preceding evening.
It might perhaps puzzle even a philosopher to assign a reason why the different state of the atmosphere should thus affect the sound: the peasants think not of the cause, but are seldom mistaken in the event: this I know for certain, that in a squally south wind, which blows in gusts from the mountains, the noise and bellowing of these cataracts emit a variety of notes, which I cannot better explain than by comparing them to an AEolian Harp.

placename:- Swarthbeck
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

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

Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 155:-
Opposite to Watermillock, a cataract descends down the front of Swarth-fell, in Martindale-forest. ...
date:- 1778
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

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