Drawing 154: Town End, Troutbeck

Direction of view: N

Notes: The viewpoint is by the garden gate, adjacent to the public road.  However, it is impossible to replicate the sketch exactly without a step ladder to gain extra height!

Wainwright comments that Town End was built early in the 17th century (1626 in fact), and is in an excellent state of preservation.  It is a typical statesman’s house, with mullioned windows and round chimneys, and was owned by the same family continuously until 1943, when it passed to the National Trust.  It is a Grade I listed building.

This picture also appears on page 178 of Memoirs of a Fellwanderer, page 442 of Westmorland Heritage, and page 167 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  All are taken from the same original drawing, and the photograph from which that was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/2/22.  The sketch closely corresponds to the photograph.

Comments: I first took this picture on 27th September 1976 (image 1), a mainly cloudy and showery day with Peter Messenger, which also included an ascent of Troutbeck Tongue.

After starting the digital project, I visited this location a couple of times before taking a photo on 25th July 2014, which was a glorious summer’s day.  Sheelagh Hughes Hallett and I detoured out of a traffic jam on the A591 to pass through Troutbeck on our way to the Lake Artists Society summer exhibition at Grasmere.  After some experimentation, I stood on top of the retaining wall by the garden gate, which provides about the right elevation but not quite the right angle; but with summer flowers and clouds, it was a photo I was well pleased with (image 2).