Drawing 279: The Moot Hall, Keswick

Direction of view: ESE

Notes: Nothing much has changed, apart from the prominent chimney on the extreme left of the sketch, which is no longer there.  It is difficult to get sunlight on this side of the Moot Hall; best bet will be late afternoon in midsummer.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 2nd July 1977, at the end of a week’s walking holiday in Lakeland: see 275.

I first took this picture for this project on 29th October 2014, on a trip to Keswick with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett (see Drawing 38 for an account of that day).  I took the photo, then we headed off for lunch.

Wainwright explains that the Moot Hall was built in 1813, and had a major facelift in 1971 “and looks all the better for it”.  Previously, the walls were whitewashed: see the third photograph below.

The only other place in Wainwright’s published works where this scene appears is on page 73 of Ex-Fellwanderer; that appears to be a reduced version of the same drawing.