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stepping stones, Seathwaite
Wordsworth's Stepping Stones
Wordsworth's Stones
site name:-   Duddon, River
locality:-   Seathwaite
civil parish:-   Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite (formerly Lancashire)
civil parish:-   Ulpha (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   stepping stones
coordinates:-   SD22389631
1Km square:-   SD2296
10Km square:-   SD29

BQO86.jpg (taken 29.5.2009)  
BQO87.jpg (taken 29.5.2009)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series
source data:-   Maps, 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.
"Stepping Stones"

evidence:-   old print:- Payn 1867
placename:-  Wordsworth's Stepping Stones
source data:-   Print, uncoloured engraving, Wordsworth's Stepping Stones, Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite, Lancashire, by T L Aspland, engraved by J Cooper, published by J Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1867.
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On p.68 of The Lakes in Sunshine, text by James Payn. 
printed at lower left:-  "J. COOPER. SC"
printed at bottom:-  "WORDSWORTH'S STEPPING STONES."
item:-  Fell and Rock Climbing Club : 184.37
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evidence:-   old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s
source data:-   Photograph, black and white, stepping stones in the River Duddon, Seathwaite, Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite, Lancashire, by Herbert Bell, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
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stamped at reverse:-  "HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE"
item:-  Armitt Library : ALPS171
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evidence:-   probably old print:- Heaton Cooper 1905 (edn 1908) 
source data:-   Print, colour halftone, Stepping Stones, Seathwaite, Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite/Ulpha, Lancashire, from a watercolour painting by Alfred Heaton Cooper, published by Adam and Charles Black, London, 2nd edn 1908.
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Opposite p.74 of The English Lakes, painted by Alfred Heaton Cooper, described by William T Palmer. 
printed at tissue opposite the print:-  "STEPPING STONES, SEATHWAITE"
item:-  JandMN : 468.26
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BQO88.jpg (taken 29.5.2009)  

On the path that leads from Seathwaite to High Wallowbarrow.
Said to be called locally:-
"Wordsworth's stones"

A sonnet by William Wordworth has:-
"The struggling rill insensibly is grown
Into a brook of loud and stately march,
Crossed ever and anon by plank or arch;
And, for like use, lo! what might seem a zone
Chosen for ornament - stone matched with stone
In studied symmetry, with interspace
for the clear waters to pursue their race
Without restraint. ..."

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