Drawing 115: Askham
Direction of view: W
Notes: This view is towards the bottom of the village, looking up. Two of the trees AW drew are still identifiable, though the buildings behind seem to have changed quite a bit.
This picture does not appear in any of Wainwright’s other published works.
Wainwright describes Askham as “a village of great charm”, and in Westmorland Heritage he says that “general consensus of opinion, rarely questioned or disputed, awards to Askham the title of Westmorland’s loveliest village”, with “noble trees” and “a charming disarray of picturesque cottages”.
Comments: Almost certainly, I first took this picture on 11th July 1979, following a long walk with Peter Messenger to do the Crookdale Horseshoe with Tarn Crag and Grey Crag. It was a sunny and rather hazy day, and I believe that it was after this walk that we took this sketch and that of Lowther Castle (32).
My next attempt was on 12th February 1989, when Peter Messenger and I were doing a section of the “Westmorland Way” from Askham to Sandwick – very convenient for this sketch and 365! Persistent showers delayed our start from Askham until after lunch, but we were able to get this photograph.
I took this picture with a digital camera on 25th May 2017, though the trees are so luxuriant that the picture might now be better taken in winter (the cow parsley looks magnificent, though). See 76 for further details of this day.