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placename:- Kentmere Tarn
parish Kentmere parish, once in Westmorland
county:- Cumbria
lake
coordinates:- NY45510291
10Km square:- NY40

1Km square NY4502

photograph

Kentmere Tarn -- Kentmere -- Cumbria / -- 9.9.2009
photograph

Kentmere Tarn -- Kentmere -- Cumbria / -- From the south. -- 17.20.2008

old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 27 13)

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.

placename:- Kentmere Tarn
lake
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

source:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
Page 175:-
... If familiar with the old description of the district, he will look for Kentmere Tarn, and wonder to see no trace of it. It is drained away; and fertile fields now occupy the place of the swamp, reeds and shallow water which he might have seen but a few years ago. While this tarn existed, the mills at Kendal were very irregularly supplied with water. ...
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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Kent Mere Tarn
Outline with form lines.

placename:- Kent Mere Tarn
county:- Westmoreland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 159:-
...
Kentmere Tarn is in a narrow vale, about two miles in length. The Tarn is one mile long, and cannot be approached except at one point, owing to the swampiness of its margin. ...

placename:- Kenntmere Tarn
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Page 36:-
Kentmere Tarn, in the vale of Kentmere, bordered by morass, and Skeggles Water ... are neither of them possessed of any striking features.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

source:- Otley 1818

New Map of the District of the Lakes, in Westmorland, Cumberland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland, published by J Otley, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, 1818; pblished 1818 to 1850s.
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lake

descriptive text:- Wallis 1810

Map, Westmoreland ie Westmorland, now Cumbria, scale about 19 miles to 1 inch, by James Wallis, 77 Berwick Street, Soho, London, 1810; published 1810-36.
... The Ken rises from a lake called Kent Mere, near Ambleside, ...

placename:- Kent Mere
date:- 1810
period:- 19th century, early; 1810s

old map:- Cooke 1802

Maps, Westmoreland, Cumberland, etc, now Cumbria, by George Alexander Cooke, London, 1802-10; published 1802-24.
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Kentmere Tarn
outline with form lines; lake or tarn

placename:- Kentmere Tarn
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old map:- Cooke 1802

Maps, Westmoreland, Cumberland, etc, now Cumbria, by George Alexander Cooke, London, 1802-10; published 1802-24.
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outline with form lines; lake or tarn
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1802
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old map:- West 1784 map

A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, now Cumbria, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, included in the Guide to the Lakes by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Westmorland, and in London, from the 3rd edition 1784, to 1821.
Kentmere tarn
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placename:- Kentmere Tarn
lake
county:- Westmorland

old map:- Jefferys 1770 (Wmd)

Map, The County of Westmoreland, scale about 1 inch to 1 mile, surveyed by J Ainslie and perhaps T Donald, engraved and published by Thomas Jefferys, London, 1770.
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The Tarn
outline with form lines; lake or tarn

placename:- Tarn, The
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1770
period:- 18th century, late; 1770s

old map:- Bowen and Kitchin 1760

New Map of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, Emanuel Bowen and Thomas Kitchin, published by T Bowles, John Bowles and Son, Robert Sayer, and John Tinney, 1760; published 1760-87.
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outline with form lines
date:- 1760
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s

old map:- Simpson 1746 map (Wmd)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 8 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland? in The Agreeable Historian by Samuel Simpson, printed by R Walker, Fleet Lane, London, 1746.
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Outline with form lines.
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1746
period:- 18th century, early; 1740s

old map:- Morden 1695 (Wmd)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
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Outline with shore shading, tinted blue.
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1695
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Cooper 1808

Map, Westmoreland ie Westmorland, scale about 9 miles to 1 inch, by H Cooper, 1808, published by G and W B Whittaker, 13 Ave Maria Lane, London, 1824.
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outline, shaded; lake
locality:- Kendal Ward
county:- Westmorland
date:- 1808
period:- 19th century, early; 1800s

old map:- Badeslade 1742

A Map of Westmorland North from London, scale about 10 miles to 1 inch, and descriptive text, Cumberland similarly, by Thomas Badeslade, London, engraved and published by William Henry Toms, Union Court, Holborn, London, 1742.
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outline with form lines

county:- Westmorland
date:- 1742
period:- 18th century, early

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large Kentmere Tarn -- Kentmere -- Cumbria / -- South end. -- 17.20.2008

hearsay There was a shallow lake, made by an ice dam, at the end of the last ice age, south of Millriggs. It was drained 1840. The deposits of diatomite, diatomaceous earth, were mined for insulation products into the 20th century. The flooded workings became the present Kentmere Tarn which is not centred in quite the same place as the old glacial lake.
In 1955 and 1959 the Cape Asbestos Co, working for diatomite, found four dugout boats, dated to the 14th century. (Best one in the National Maritime Museum, other pieces in Kendal Museum).

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