Drawing 176: Hawkshead Church
Direction of view: NNE
Notes: To get sun on both sides of the church, this should be taken in the afternoon. The trees shown in the sketch have grown much larger, but otherwise the scene is unchanged. It is taken from a seat in the churchyard, at the top of a flight of steps.
This view does not appear in any of Wainwright’s other published works.
Comments: I first took this on slide film some time in late August or early September 1978. This was an outing with Peter Messenger, when we also took Wray Castle (400) and the Old Grammar School at Hawkshead (142).
My next picture, also on slide film, was in December 1980, on a day concentrated on getting sketches rather than walking. I got several from the Furness sketchbooks, but also the Kirk Stone (380), the Bridge House (197), and this one. This would almost certainly have been a day out with Peter Messenger.
I first visited this sketch for the digital project on 14 April 2012, on a walk which took in 6 drawings (see 142, 12, 196, 72 and 323). There was no sunshine initially, but the sun appeared as I was photographing the adjoining Grammar School, so I was able to return and get this picture in the sunshine too.